Shrewsbury School

Nicholas Barber - promoting the study of classics in state schools

Monday 16 December 2013

Nicholas Barber CBE (SH 1953-58, former School Governor) has recently become chairman of a charity called 'Classics for All' which is promoting the merits of teaching the Classics in the public sector. They report a very good response from schools approached so far.

'Nicolas argues that 'the national scandal at the moment is literacy.' He says that teaching Latin is a good way to tackle literacy rates as studies done abroad suggest that learning Latin can actually help improve literacy levels of young people.

Jules Mann, Executive Director of the charity highlighted the inclusivity of the scheme, not aimed solely at students who wanted to study Classics further. She stressed that one of the organisation's most important messages was that the scheme could have a huge impact in schools with 'so little' funding. She highlighted Kelmscott School in Walthamstow as a case in point: 'Kelmscott received £5,000 in funded tutoring. They are now teaching Latin in school and other teachers are coming forward wanting to be involved.' She added: 'We need to raise well over £100,000 p.a. to provide classes in 100 schools a year'.'

Read more here:   Secondary education: learning Latin for literacy by Rozina Sabur (Article in the Daily Telegraph on 9 December, 2013)

and the CFA newsletter can be read here.

back to top