Key Features of The Programme

 Teachers

All of our teachers must pass a competitive assessment process, including an enhanced disclosure DBS check. All teachers complete two days of in-school training and observations, teacher training workshops, safeguarding training and Latin and resources training. All of our training is delivered by experienced classroom teachers and Classics graduates. The training is designed to make the most of the teachers’ unique qualities, their own creativity and academic knowledge, and helps them to deliver a robust and engaging programme for pupils.

We work with you to ensure that the teacher placed in your school is a good fit and we actively recruit teachers from a range of backgrounds and ethnicities to reflect the diversity of the schools we work with. We encourage our teachers to become part of our school community.

 Trips and Special Activities

All of our Year 6s enrolled in the Programme are offered the opportunity to attend a ‘Come, See, Be Inspired Day’ at the University of Cambridge. These trips are provided on a first-come-first-serve basis by our Partner University and are designed to encourage pupils to consider Classics or University in the future. The days typically include a tour of a Cambridge College, a trip to a museum or the celebrated Caste Gallery in the Department of Classics and a chance to meet current students.

Every term we also organise for a professional storyteller to visit your school and deliver engaging storytelling and drama sessions to all classes, focusing on Classical myths and legends.

Occasionally we offer pupils the chance to take part in special projects and events, to engage pupils and the wider school community.

 Teaching Time

Each Latin lesson lasts between 40-60min and is delivered to the whole class. The timing depends on the age of pupils and your school timetable. Our teachers can teach up to 4 Latin classes in one morning and 2 in the afternoon. Teachers teach across the whole academic year.

To ensure continuity and best outcomes for pupils we ask that class teachers and/or teaching assistants remain in the classroom during Latin lessons as this is the best way to support pupils’ learning across the curriculum.

 Logistics

We strive to make the Programme as easy as possible for headteachers and school staff to run in school. Each school liaises with their Programme Officer who acts as a single point of contact. The Programme Officer oversees all the planning and communication with teachers including support in organising trips, assessments and special activities.

Value for Money

Our teachers are all interviewed, trained and paid. To support this, partner schools make a financial contribution to the programme of on average £170 per pupil per year, though discounts are available for schools with multiple classes and we always endeavour to accommodate your school's budget.

This contribution will remain subsidised thanks to support from our generous donors who also contribute to the costs of the programme.

We are committed to ensuring that The Latin Programme continues to provide great value to schools. We assess our programme on an annual basis to ensure that each individual pupil is enjoying Latin, making progress and that we are creating a positive impact on pupils’ literacy. Schools can request a personalised Impact Report based on data that they and we supply in order to track pupil's literacy development in more detail.