A leading academic is calling for Latin and Classics to be taught in all primary schools, the Independent is reporting.
Professor Dennis Hayes, an expert from the University of Derby and Chair of the College of Education Research Committee, has said that these subjects shouldn't be taught only to middle and upper class students, and that all primary schools should be teaching them.
He's warned that Latin and Ancient Greek are in danger of becoming "the preserve of public schools". However, Professor Hayes suggests that the revival of these classic subjects in state schools would "transform education".
"As a minimum, Latin and Classics should be taught in every primary school and continued into secondary school with the addition of Ancient Greek," he said.
According to SchoolsWeek, Professor Hayes is keen for a debate to take place regarding this and new government proposals.
The proposals would force independent fee-paying schools to support the state sector, which would help classic subjects to be more accessible to disadvantaged students. Specifically, smaller independent schools would be required to share facilities and teaching staff with neighbouring state schools, which would open up the door for minority subjects such as Latin and Greek.
Yet Professor Hayes says that state schools should be able to offer a classical education without the help of private institutions. However, he has suggested that any barriers to this could come from teachers themselves, who might be hesitant to add these subjects to the curriculum.