The teaching of Christianity can be “incoherent” or “too stereotypical”, an academic leading a project to improve lessons in English schools has said.

Lessons can lack “intellectual development”, said Dr Nigel Fancourt of Oxford University.

His comments follow a poll finding widespread support in England for teaching about Christianity in schools.

Richy Thompson of the British Humanist Association said schools should also reflect non-religious world views.

Almost two-thirds (64%) of adults questioned for Oxford University agreed pupils must know about Christianity to understand English history.

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