Lucy and Boris support the push for Latin

LBC Radio has been airing discussion on the merits of re-instating Latin into the curriculum in State schools , to rank alongside modern European languages such as French and Spanish. The push came from an interview they did with Boris Johnson. Apparently Boris made a joke that he secretly would like to be Education Secretary and if he were he would make Latin a Modern Language on the National Curriculum! They debated whether it should be and why room should be made for Latin in preference to other languages such as Chinese.  As a follow-up, LBC then interviewed Lucy Benson, teacher of Latin at King Edward’s G.S. Chelmsford.  Subsequent  comments from pupils who had or who were studying it were generally very positive. You can listen to Lucy’s interview here.

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  1. Sorry I missed the interviews with Lucy and Boris, but heard all about them. I have recently started a Latin class in a state school and it is going really well. The kids are lapping it up and seem to be enjoying it immensely. There are 16 of them aged 11 and 12 and they stay after school on a Monday. I hope one day it will be reinstated on the curriculum as it is invaluable for all sorts of reasons, as anyone who has studied it (with a good teacher!) will tell you.

    ps. if you want to see it being taught in a ‘true’ state school (ie. a comprehensive and not a selective grammar school like Lucy’s) then come visit!!

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