3 February 2014
Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, speaks at the London Academy of Excellence about securing our children’s future.
And I can announce today that their work will be complemented by Professor Christopher Pelling from Oxford University – who will be leading a brand-new project in collaboration with several universities to develop top-quality professional development for non-specialist teachers of classics in state schools. His work will help state school students compete on equal terms with privately educated students for university classics places.
Academics of this calibre are serious about the need to give state school students the extra level of stretch and challenge that privately educated students enjoy through extra coaching and preparation.
Their work will do far more to improve access to the best universities – by genuinely democratising knowledge and robustly supporting a more meritocratic system – than any other set of academic initiatives I know.
We are hugely grateful to them for their help in giving disadvantaged children a hand up.
All of above is an extract quoted from the Department for Education website, as part of the speech delivered on 03Feb at the London Academy of Excellence: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/michael-gove-speaks-about-securing-our-childrens-future
You can read more about the initiation via the Classics at Oxford website: http://www.classics.ox.ac.uk/newsreader2/items/latin-state-schools.html