Some good news from the Telegraph:
Some 160 pupils in three schools will be given lessons in the native tongue of Archimedes and Herodotus from September.
The move follows the successful introduction of Latin to dozens of state primaries in England.
The Iris Project, a charity campaigning for the teaching of the Classics, which is leading the latest drive, said the subject had substantial knock-on benefits across the curriculum.
Lorna Robinson, charity director, who will be teaching the one-hour lessons every two weeks, told the Times Education Supplement: “People can be daunted at the idea of learning a language that has a different alphabet as it may feel like an additional challenge.
“Actually, though, we¹ve found that while it does add an extra dimension to the learning it¹s one that people take to quite quickly and really enjoy once they get going.
“Ancient Greek is just a wonderful language, full of beautiful words and fascinating concepts.”
Pupils will be taught the alphabet, basic grammar and vocabulary, as well as learning about ancient Greek culture, such as the development of the Olympic Games and the comedies of Aristophanes.
Latin is currently more widely taught than ancient Greek, although it is still mainly confined to private schools.
Advocates include Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, who recently gave a Latin lesson to teenagers at a London secondary.
Under new plans, three Oxford primary schools will be given Greek lessons from September. A further 10 will get one-off taster sessions.
Sue Widgery, head of East Oxford primary in Cowley, where children speak 26 different languages, said: We were sufficiently enthused by Latin to give it a go with ancient Greek. It heightens children’s sense of language, they can see the connections between languages and it is fun.”
Congrats to Lorna Robinson … a tireless campaigner for such things.