Struggling school’s Latin lessons to lift standards

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LATIN is set to be introduced at a troubled secondary school to try and lift aspirations and encourage pupils to go to university.

Dr Rory Fox, who became headteacher at the Basildon Academies last year, is enhancing the language programme to broaden students’ horizons and open opportunities to go on to further education abroad.

New language specialists have been brought in at the academies’ Timberlog Lane and Wickford Avenue campuses, which are in special measures.

Latin will initially be taught as an extra-curricular club. Dr Fox said: “When I started, there were no languages being taught here.

“We began teaching Spanish and Year 10 have done really well. We are expecting great GCSE results from them next year.

“I believe by teaching children a language it enhances their confidence and makes a person more employable . “I will teaching Latin to the older pupils. It is going to start as a club and we will go from there.

“We want to give the children the best start possible and also encourage them to look at going to university in another European country. Fees are lower in other countries and if you can speak another language it makes you even more attractive.”

Parent Dennis Sweeney, 32, of Dengayne, Basildon , whose step-daughter Cheyenne Collier, 16, has just finished at the academies, said teaching Latin was a great idea.

He said: “It’s going to give the kids something to aspire to. Secondary school should be the place where they can stretch their talents and improving languages is a really good idea. It will make them more attractive to employers when they are looking for work.”

Sheren Breslin, an English and Spanish teacher at the school, said: “I have worked across many schools which are under-performing and its always a challenge to try and turn things round.

“I strongly believe teaching the children Spanish will give them more confidence in their own language and improve their skills in general. It is quite an easy language to pick up and the results we are getting are very good.”

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3:05pm Tue 7 Aug 12

caroljb says...

hhhmmmmm. The Ofsted report clearly says inadequate teachers, bad discipline, and the pupils inability to read and write English. Why doesn't this school address the REAL issues???
hhhmmmmm. The Ofsted report clearly says inadequate teachers, bad discipline, and the pupils inability to read and write English. Why doesn't this school address the REAL issues??? caroljb
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3:29pm Tue 7 Aug 12

emcee says...

Latin? Are they kidding? How is Latin going to make a pupil more employable? The school may as well teach Esperanto, Klingon or even Gobbledegook.
If you are going to teach a language, at least make it a "usefull to have" language like French, German, Spanish, Chinese. The list is quite long so plenty to choose from.
Latin?
Latin? Are they kidding? How is Latin going to make a pupil more employable? The school may as well teach Esperanto, Klingon or even Gobbledegook. If you are going to teach a language, at least make it a "usefull to have" language like French, German, Spanish, Chinese. The list is quite long so plenty to choose from. Latin? emcee
  • Score: 2

3:56pm Tue 7 Aug 12

notinwestcliffanymore says...

i non credere!
i non credere! notinwestcliffanymore
  • Score: 0

3:58pm Tue 7 Aug 12

perini says...

emcee wrote:
Latin? Are they kidding? How is Latin going to make a pupil more employable? The school may as well teach Esperanto, Klingon or even Gobbledegook. If you are going to teach a language, at least make it a "usefull to have" language like French, German, Spanish, Chinese. The list is quite long so plenty to choose from. Latin?
When learning German it is a lot easier if you know some Latin - you understand declination and nominative and dative clauses.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Latin? Are they kidding? How is Latin going to make a pupil more employable? The school may as well teach Esperanto, Klingon or even Gobbledegook. If you are going to teach a language, at least make it a "usefull to have" language like French, German, Spanish, Chinese. The list is quite long so plenty to choose from. Latin?[/p][/quote]When learning German it is a lot easier if you know some Latin - you understand declination and nominative and dative clauses. perini
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4:26pm Tue 7 Aug 12

southendnan says...

Teach students to speak and write the English language correctly before teaching a second language.
Teach students to speak and write the English language correctly before teaching a second language. southendnan
  • Score: 2

4:50pm Tue 7 Aug 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

southendnan wrote:
Teach students to speak and write the English language correctly before teaching a second language.
exactly.
[quote][p][bold]southendnan[/bold] wrote: Teach students to speak and write the English language correctly before teaching a second language.[/p][/quote]exactly. The Cater Wood Creeper
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9:30pm Tue 7 Aug 12

Brian Barker says...

Please do not knock Esperanto without knowing about it. See http://video.google.
com/videoplay?docid=
-8837438938991452670


Their online course http://www.lernu.net has 125 000 hits per day and Esperanto Wikipedia enjoys 400 000 hits per day. That can't be bad :)
Please do not knock Esperanto without knowing about it. See http://video.google. com/videoplay?docid= -8837438938991452670 Their online course http://www.lernu.net has 125 000 hits per day and Esperanto Wikipedia enjoys 400 000 hits per day. That can't be bad :) Brian Barker
  • Score: 1

10:01pm Tue 7 Aug 12

emcee says...

Brian Barker wrote:
Please do not knock Esperanto without knowing about it. See http://video.google.

com/videoplay?docid=

-8837438938991452670



Their online course http://www.lernu.net has 125 000 hits per day and Esperanto Wikipedia enjoys 400 000 hits per day. That can't be bad :)
I wasn't knocking it, far from it. However, you have proven my point. Esperanto is more relevant than Latin.
[quote][p][bold]Brian Barker[/bold] wrote: Please do not knock Esperanto without knowing about it. See http://video.google. com/videoplay?docid= -8837438938991452670 Their online course http://www.lernu.net has 125 000 hits per day and Esperanto Wikipedia enjoys 400 000 hits per day. That can't be bad :)[/p][/quote]I wasn't knocking it, far from it. However, you have proven my point. Esperanto is more relevant than Latin. emcee
  • Score: 1

7:58pm Wed 8 Aug 12

SpaffSpiff84 says...

that will be useful for when they apply for jobs in ancient rome
that will be useful for when they apply for jobs in ancient rome SpaffSpiff84
  • Score: 2

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