One in six people in the UK struggle with a literacy level that is below that expected of an eleven-year-old.

There is clear research evidence that educational failure is strongly associated with social exclusion.

The Latin Programme is passionate about reversing this trend.

We are a registered charity working in inner-city schools to improve English literacy through the study of Latin. Literacy is recognised as the cornerstone of raising educational standards for children and learning Latin is known to improve the understanding of the structure of language and encourage logical thinking.


We teach Latin through English and English through Latin, teaching English grammar before introducing the same concepts in Latin. Through our unique approach we improve literacy levels, SATs results, and ultimately life chances, especially for those facing multiple barriers.



“The Latin Programme impacts on educational outcomes in schools by helping children improve their grammatical understanding of the English language. It targets whole classes of children from disadvantaged London schools, for a high quality and sustained programme of Latin and English tuition. It uses Latin as the ‘hook’ to teach English in a way which is exciting and creative. Last year, in the class that had the Latin Programme for two years, 100% of the students left primary school with at least a level 4 in English, and demand from schools for the programme continues to grow.”

 —Programme Manager at SHINE

The Latin Programme gratefully acknowledges the support of The SHINE Trust

“I think Latin is a wonderful tool for increasing literacy and all the skills to do with writing and communication. It is noticeable that those who’ve studied the subject tend to be confident and in command with English. But aside from that I think Latin is just so much fun. It’s the language most like a good puzzle, a crossword or sudoku for example. I think many many people would be amazed by the pleasure to be had from it.”

Stephen Fry

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The Latin Programme has entered the world of online fundraising! Thanks to many generous supporters, we’ve raised above and beyond our initial goal of £2500 and thus have secured a permanent place on the charity website, globalgiving. This September we began working in 31 classrooms, our largest number of ever! As we…

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Autumn 2013 Newsletter

The Latin Programme–via facilis’ Autumn Newsletter is out! Click on the link below to read how Latin might be the answer to England’s falling literacy rates. October 2013 Newsletter

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