Why we're needed

Lacking vital literacy skills holds a person back at every stage of their life beyond primary school. "As a child they won't be able to succeed at school, as a young adult they will be locked out of the job market, and as a parent they won't be able to support their own child's learning. This intergenerational cycle makes social mobility and a fairer society more difficult" (National Literacy Trust, 2017). 

Despite our best efforts, a disadvantaged child in England is still more than twice as likely as their classmates from more advantaged homes to leave primary school without reaching the expected levels in reading and writing.

The Latin Programme embraces a non-traditional approach to literacy in which songs, games and raps encourage students to understand complex grammatical material in both Latin and English.

The Latin Programme's Vision

Young children, whatever their background, should have the chance to learn an ancient language whilst discovering the patterns, history and grammar that underpins their own and do so in a way that is creative, imaginative, and relevant to today’s world.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to bring Latin to state schools in order to improve pupils’ English literacy, their understanding of language, and to broaden children’s cultural and historical horizons by delivering a dynamic programme of Latin for literacy in a rigorous, engaging and fun way.

Our Values 

We believe in the exceptional linguistic potential of every child and we exist to make the most of that by offering young people the opportunity to study an ancient language in a way that will provide an excellent foundation for future language learning and above all self-expression.

We work for and alongside young learners in everything we do. We believe in creative collaboration and sharing ideas amongst a team of individuals who are as passionate about Latin and Classics as they are about striving for a fairer society. We are working to constantly challenge preconceptions of Latin as an ‘elitist’ subject and make it as relevant as possible to the  communities and children we work with.

We apply our hard work, our professionalism and our imagination to each choice we face as an organisation. We are ready to listen to others who we can learn from, and to never stop learning and challenging ourselves.