Gove: Classics lessons to help state pupils compete for university places

The Telegraph is reporting an announcement from Michael Gove that state school teachers will be trained in Classics in order to help children compete equally with those from private schools for university places…

Teachers in the state sector who do not specialise in the Classics will receive extra training from academics from the best universities in order to help their pupils get into the best institutions.

The policy was announced by Michael Gove as part of a series of measures to tear down the ‘Berlin Wall’ between state and private schools…

The new teacher training project will be led by Prof Christopher Pelling, Regius Professor of Greek at Christ Church College, Oxford and will help state school students who want to study Latin and Greek at university “compete on equal terms” with the privately educated.

“Academics of this calibre are serious about the need to give state school students the extra level of stretch and challenge that privately-educated students enjoy through extra coaching and preparation.

“Their work will do far more to improve access to the best universities, by genuinely democratising knowledge and robustly supporting a more meritocratic system, than any other set of academic initiatives I know.”…

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Do you think learning Classics will make a meaningful difference to the chances of state school students gaining places at university when in competition with those from private schools? Please give us your thoughts either way in the comments or via Twitter…

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Am I missing something here? No problem with Latin and Greek per se, but does studying them really give people an advantage?

  2. susanreed24

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Headline misleading as aim = help those looking to study Latin & Greek & currently w/o a specialist teacher.

  3. andylutwyche

    “susanreed24: andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Sounds like a sensible plan from Gove! I don’t say that very often :-)” A rare thing indeed!

  4. DrRonaMackenzie

    SchoolsImprove Liz_Sidwell I’m not sure why studying classics should help students to access Uni unless it is to study classics there.

  5. FionaTipper

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove latin: yes a huge advantage in understanding etymology of English, makes learning french and Spanish a breeze

  6. PeterHutchinso5

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove It means that educated people like yourself can use per se appropriately! Beyond that, a bit anachronistic.

  7. Liz_Sidwell

    DrRonaMackenzie SchoolsImprove agree classics in schs = further study possible/widening options. Learning langs is gd brainwork!

  8. PeterHutchinso5

    SchoolsImprove Er, where are all of these classics teachers ( currently an endangered species) coming from? Nescio.

  9. PeterHutchinso5

    andylutwyche To be honest, I was an MFL teacher and Latin certainly did help with Romance languages like Italian, Spanish, Portugese.

  10. PeterHutchinso5

    andylutwyche Personally, I would have thought that Critical Thinking offered by Public Schools would be more useful for University courses.

  11. andylutwyche

    PeterHutchinso5 Agreed, as long as it’s taken seriously by students. Although I suppose you could say that about anything!

  12. snowdropbooks

    SchoolsImprove this is for students doing A level Latin or Greek… So Classical Studies seems reasonable to create a level playing field

  13. annietrev

    SchoolsImprove Super charity classicsforall doing g8 job taking classics into primary & secondary schools who want resource #Abetterdeal

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