Did you know that in 2007 only 35% of five year olds in the most deprived areas of the UK reached the expected level of attainment, compared to 51% of pupils in other areas?
This gap grows over the years so that by GCSE level only 21% of disadvantaged pupils achieved 5+ A*-C GCSEs including English and Maths compared to 49% of non FSM pupils (Department for Children, Schools and Families).
The Latin Programme was established in 2007 to respond to this challenge. We are committed to finding innovative ways to help state primary school children attain higher literacy levels and thereby improve their life chances. We concentrate on the link between literacy levels and future prospects because, according to The National Literacy Trust, individuals with good literacy skills “are more likely to have higher self-esteem, better health, better jobs and higher wages than those with poor literacy skills.”
We work in inner-city London schools teaching literacy through Latin. We use Latin to improve literacy because it is the most orderly, logical, disciplined, structured, systematic, consistent grammar in existence. Latin is also the base of half of the English language. Thus, learning Latin dramatically broadens students’ vocabulary while deepening their understanding of English grammar. Our fun yet rigorous approach combines classical Latin with modern English and is proven to boost literacy scores in primary school students.