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1 Preparing for a shortage of Latin specialist teachers

2 Preparing for a shortage of teachers whose first subject is Latin

3 What is the issue? Every year for the next five years: 64 trained Classics teachers intend to leave the profession 28 Classics teachers will be trained on PGCE courses 7 Classics teachers will follow a GTP course Shortfall of 29 specialist teachers per year (145 after 5 years) assuming no growth in demand.

4 Schools re-advertising this year Camden School for Girls Cheltenham Ladies College Colchester RGS Guildford High School Ibstock Place School Stockport Grammar School

5 Increase in demand for Latin Year Number of secondary schools offering Latin ,050

6 Conclusion There are more students wanting to learn Latin than can be taught with specialist Latin teachers. Either: 1. reduce the number of students learning Latin or: 2. support teachers whose first subject is not Latin.

7 Can students learn Latin with teachers whose first subject is not Latin? Stage 4Stage 8Stage 12 ‘First subject’ schools 92%86% ‘Not first subject’ schools 97%94%96% Percentage of students passing tests in CLC Book I

8 What do we mean by ‘specialist’ and ‘non-specialist’ teachers? Teacher training qualification? Subject knowledge? –1 or 2 years? –GCSE/O level? –A level? –BA? –PhD? What skills are required to be a good teacher of Latin?

9 Percentage of ‘non-specialists’ with a Latin qualification No Latin qualification (19%) Some Latin qualification (81%)

10 Breakdown of qualifications of ‘non- specialists’ O Level/ GCSE A Level University Non-UK qualification

11 “I feel that a subject specialist is needed to monitor/encourage/coach those [students] experiencing difficulties. E-tutor/facilitator is next best thing… Role of facilitator is very important in encouraging/motivating students. Should ideally be a Latin specialist, I feel – although the kids liked the fact that I was learning with them (I didn’t!).”

12 What are the issues for… Students? Specialist teachers? Non-specialist teachers? Schools? Publishers? Awarding bodies? Universities? Teacher training institutions? Subject organisations?


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