Latin to be revived in city primary schools through Nottingham classics project

Latin is set to be revived in the city's Primary schools with the launch of a Nottingham Latin Network for teachers by Network for Languages East Midlands, part of Nottingham Trent University, and Nottingham City Council.

Latin is set to be revived in the city's primary schools with the launch of a Nottingham Latin Network for teachers by Network for Languages East Midlands, part of Nottingham Trent University, and Nottingham City Council.

The network will support primary teachers in introducing Latin across the curriculum in subjects such as languages, history, English and literacy. The members will meet once a term to share best practice, ‘show and tell' resources and provide local and national updates, including how to access further support available across the country.

It has been made possible by funding from Classics for All, a national charity for Classics in schools. Nottingham Trent University will work with Nottingham City Council as part of a joint commitment to increase provision for primary languages across Nottingham city.

The funding will also contribute to a development event for teachers, focusing on stimulating interest, generating excitement and offering practical steps to primary schools wishing to deliver Latin.

Latin has enormous potential, drawing in literacy, history, geography, art, drama and philosophy.

Councillor Graham Chapman, deputy leader of the Council



Clodagh Cooney, manager of Network for Languages East Midlands, which is run in the region by Nottingham Trent University, said: "Although Latin may have been overtaken by languages such as French and German in schools, it is still very much a part of our everyday life – from the spells in Harry Potter to our laws – and we believe in the linguistic and cultural benefits of studying Latin for all children irrespective of background."

Councillor Graham Chapman, the deputy leader of the Council and a linguist, supports the Latin initiative in Nottingham Primary Schools. He said: "Latin is the root of much of English and many other languages. It extends English vocabulary, through understanding word derivations, and prepares children to learn modern foreign languages. It has enormous potential, drawing in literacy, history, geography, art, drama and philosophy, as well as helping children with maths and science vocabulary."

Network for Languages East Midlands sits within Nottingham Trent University's School of Arts and Humanities. It is part of Network for Languages, a national alliance of universities committed to excellence in language learning and teaching, and to supporting language teachers and professionals across all sectors. The centre offers professional development, support, training and networking opportunities for language teachers in primary and secondary schools, colleges and other organisations across the region.

For further details please contact Clodagh Cooney via email; or telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4127.

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Latin to be revived in city primary schools through Nottingham classics project

Published on 30 March 2015
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