Poll: Is Latin still relevant or should schools be focusing on French and Mandarin? Or should they focus on computer coding more?

David Hopkins teaches a Latin lesson at Hardwick Middle School in Bury St Edmunds

David Hopkins teaches a Latin lesson at Hardwick Middle School in Bury St Edmunds - Credit: Archant

Latin is undergoing a revival in west Suffolk.

King Edward VI School has joined forces with two middle schools in Bury St Edmunds to offer pupils in Years 7 and 8 the chance to learn the ancient language.

But is the language still relevant?

Dorothy Sayers once said: “The best grounding for education is the Latin grammar. I say this not because Latin is traditional and medieval, but simply because even a rudimentary knowledge of Latin cuts down the labour and pains of learning almost any other subject by at least 50 percent.”

Learning Latin helps students with their grasp of basic grammar and syntax, spoken Latin emphasises clear pronunciation, helping children with their speech and it also increases a students vocabulary.


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Latin helps as a base for learning other languages and it helps pupils understand history and culture.

But with a growing global economy, would Mandarin or Spanish be more useful? Or should schools focus on sharpening IT skills, teaching students computer coding like HTML?

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