Presentation on theme: "Preparing for a shortage of Latin specialist teachers."— Presentation transcript:
Preparing for a shortage of Latin specialist teachers
Preparing for a shortage of teachers whose first subject is Latin
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.
Schools re-advertising this year Camden School for Girls Cheltenham Ladies College Colchester RGS Guildford High School Ibstock Place School Stockport Grammar School
Increase in demand for Latin Year Number of secondary schools offering Latin 2000700 20081,050
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.
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
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?
Percentage of ‘non-specialists’ with a Latin qualification No Latin qualification (19%) Some Latin qualification (81%)
Breakdown of qualifications of ‘non- specialists’ O Level/ GCSE A Level University Non-UK qualification
“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!).”
What are the issues for… Students? Specialist teachers? Non-specialist teachers? Schools? Publishers? Awarding bodies? Universities? Teacher training institutions? Subject organisations?