School Improvement & Development Conference 2023: Book your early-bird place

There’s No M in MFL: Using Latin to Close The Gap

Many primaries find themselves hard-pressed to reach the expected standards for spoken foreign languages, but the National Curriculum has a completely different focus for ancient languages. Where Latin is taught, the priority is for comprehension of the written word, discussed in English, as well as classical history and cultural capital.

  • English spelling and grammar
  • English vocabulary development
  • Close the gap for disadvantaged children
1 hour
£99 + VAT
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About this course

“Modern foreign languages” used to be an optional subject, but in the 2014 curriculum it became statutory with a new name, “foreign languages”, and its expectations were raised considerably. Many schools struggle with the requirements for a range of reasons: teacher expertise; isolation from other learning; even behaviour. There is a different focus for ancient languages, though, and this can drive your children’s confidence in English comprehension and speech.

This short course suggests Latin might be a much-underestimated context for a range of primary school needs.

  • National Curriculum for Languages - requirements and misconceptions
  • Using Latin to drive up standards in English comprehension, grammar and spelling
  • How Latin can improve etymological and morphemic understanding, to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds



This course is appropriate for primary schools.

  • Senior Leaders
  • Foreign Language Leads
  • KS2 Class teachers


If there are no livestream dates currently planned, please contact us on 01206 625 626 or email us at and we will work with you to find a suitable date.

How to access this course

This course is easy-to-access in any of the below formats...

  • On-demand recording, with 30 days access to watch at a time and location to suit you!
  • School-wide license, for every member of staff in your school to watch for a period of 30 days. Please contact us to purchase your school-wide license for this course.
  • An INSET or after-school twilight at your school, tailored to your requirements. Contact us for your personalised quote.

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This course as an INSET Day

Our in-service training provides exciting and dynamic ways to inspire, challenge and develop your staff, whether they are Teaching Assistants, Teachers or Senior Leadership.

Your first point of contact would be with our Head Office team, who will identify your needs and priorities and ensure that the accompanying training materials we provide are of the very best quality.

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