HOW IT WORKS
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.
Pupils always begin with Level 1 if they are starting Latin for the first time and progress from Level 1A in Year 3 to Level 3 in Year 6. During the 2017-18 year we will also be awarding certificates to reward pupils for their hard work and perseverance with Latin. We will also be introducing more project-based work for Year 6s. We will be continuing to offer a storytelling session led by a professional storyteller at the end of every term based on ancient mythology and writers from antiquity.
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 £140 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.
All of our teachers must pass a competitive assessment process before completing two days of in-school training and observations, teacher training workshops, safeguarding training and Latin and resources training. This process 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 our schools to ensure that the teacher we place 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 PROJECTS
All of our Year 6s 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 any other subject at 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.
We also offer our pupils the chance to take part in special projects and events, to engage pupils and the wider school community. Recently these have included The Aeneas Project, a 15 minute rap-retelling of Virgil’s Aeneid featuring hundreds of our pupils, the Scriptores Writing Challenge, a London-wide competition judged by Stephen Fry and Tom Holland and In Culina, a cooking project run in collaboration with Kings X Bun for which we worked with Argyle Primary Year 4s, 5s and 6s to bake a panis quadratus with ancient Roman grains.
We strive to make the Programme as convenient 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.