London: Capital Classics
Capital Classics, the largest of Classics for All’s regional projects, was seeded by a grant from the London Schools Excellence Fund in 2013, with a follow-on grant from London Schools Excellence Legacy Fund in 2015.
Now in its third year, the initiative benefits over 70 schools in London. In August 2016 we ran an intensive Latin course for 25 teachers from 12 primary and secondary schools across the capital to improve their subject knowledge. We are also collaborating with the Harris Academy to train Classics teachers from scratch to meet growing demand from schools in the capital.
Background and Partners
Classics for All established the project in 2013 through a partnership with the East End Classics Centre in Hackney, the Iris Project and several higher education institutions, with the aim of developing and supporting access to classics in London’s state schools through student enrichment and teacher training (including non-specialists).
Supporting Classics for All in this project are King’s College London, University College London and Birkbeck, University of London; University of Liverpool; University of Oxford (the Faculty of Classics and Wadham College); and Classics in Communities.
Capital Classics is expanding over the next few years to operate out of hubs in Central, North, South, East and South-East London, supported by specialist CPD and enrichment activities led by partner organisations. The hubs will co-ordinate local teachers’ networks for sharing and exchange of good practice, will host training and development events for new teachers and provide a venue for enrichment events, inviting participation from pupils throughout the capital.
Anna Bell, head of classics at St Marylebone School is leading a central London hub. The school has a young, thriving, and ever expanding classics department and, as a ‘teaching’ school, has the facilities and capacity to run training and CPD for teachers from other schools.
The East End Classics Centre in Hackney will continue to operate as a hub for East London with its own co-ordinator, Naomi Littlejohn.
Capital Classics is overseen by a steering group chaired by Dr Aisha Khan from King’s College London, which will meet to develop plans and exchange practice. Members include CfA staff, Steve Hunt from the faculty of education, Cambridge and Mai Musie, outreach co-ordinator at Oxford University. Oxford colleges will offer in-kind support to schools in nominated London boroughs in the form of lectures, mentoring and events.
Capital Classics is currently supported by funding from the Mayor of London’s London Schools Excellence Legacy Fund, the Mercers’ Company and the Drapers’ Charitable Fund.