Classics for All aims to meet the demand for Classics from state schools in 2019 and beyond, and at the same time to create a sustainable model by working with local partners to develop ‘regional networks’. Our urgent priority for 2019-2020 is to seek multi-year pledges from our donors to support the expansion of our regional classics networks and to keep up with the demand from schools.
Recent successful models for Regional Classics Networks include Blackpool, Bristol, and Leicester. They act as a local ‘champion’ to get teachers from local schools involved in teaching Classics. This infrastructure is vital for Classics to effectively take hold in state schools. Classics for All acts as a partner to provide training funds for schools where appropriate, and to help these networks make links with other potential funders or teaching resources.
We begin 2019 by building on the success of two major initiatives for our grant giving: increasing the number of primary schools we reach, and expanding the number of schools teaching Ancient Greek in schools across the UK. These programmes received substantial multi-year funding in early 2017 from The Polonsky Foundation (£60k) and the A. G. Leventis Foundation (£90k) respectively and have already surpassed original targets for the number of schools reached during 2017 and 2018.
Classics for All is working to create a step change in the funding available for classics in UK state schools. In order to do this we need to increase our ranks of supporters to match the increased demand from schools.
Since our first grant award in 2011 we have awarded a total of over £1m in grants reaching 800 schools, benefiting more than 45,000 pupils.
Have a look at what we’ve been getting up to.
We’re established as a charity and we raise £150,000 in our first year.2010
We begin our first grant awards. We award eight grants totalling £93,000 (four school hubs, two universities, one museum and one organisation).2011
We award our second round of grants totalling £65,000 and within the first two years we reach 50 schools.2012
We award our third round of strategic grants of £30,000. By now we are reaching 100 schools.
CfA is also selected to lead a consortium commissioned by the Greater London Authority through its London Schools Excellence Fund (LSEF) for a £250,000 project to retrain non-classicist teachers in east and north London (2013-15).
We also host several funding events. In June, we host a lecture at Goodenough College in London by Dr Paul Roberts, curator of the British Museum’s ‘Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum’ exhibition
In October, we host a ‘Classics in the City’ event at the Honourable Artillery Company.2013
Our fourth round of grants totalling £130,000 increases our reach to 200 schools.
We also host several funding events. In March, we organise a concert with world-renowned cellist Ralph Kirshbaum at Middle Temple Hall.
In September we organised a City group event at London’s Living Room, City Hall, hosted by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson2014
Our fifth round of grants totalling £150,000 increases our reach to 300 schools. We also begin developing the Regional Classics Hubs.
We host several funding events.
In March, we launch an event at Two Temple Place for our new Lawyers Group, hosted by Lord Dyson, Master of the Rolls, followed by events at the House of Lords and the UK Supreme Court.
In April, we host a lecture at Goodenough College in central London by Dr Ian Jenkins, curator of the British Museum’s ‘Defining Beauty’ exhibition.2015
Our fifth round of grants totalling £200,000 increases our cumulative reach to 500 schools.
Our Regional Classics Hubs now cover 9 areas across the UK.
Tom Holland gives an inspiring talk for our Annual Lecture.
Friends of Classics merges with CfA and we inaugurate the Friends of Classics Memorial Lecture with Dr Peter Jones.
The Lawyers Group grows to over 100 members and holds events at Middle Temple, King’s College and the UK Supreme Court.
Due to high demand CfA is evolving its outreach and classics development in schools, with a strong focus on developing regional partnerships. As part of this we extend our support year round – demand continues to rise sharply from summer onward. By the end of the year we have disbursed £260,000 in a combination of direct grants to schools, tailored teacher training for clusters of schools and regional network co-ordination, increasing our cumulative reach to 700 schools reaching 40,000 pupils.
Our Regional Classics Networks now cover 10 areas across the UK.
Thanks to new multi-year funding in early 2017 from The Polonsky Foundation (£60k) and the A. G. Leventis Foundation (£90k) we are able to reach 15 new primary schools and expand the number of schools teaching Ancient Greek by 20.
We have a sell-out crowd for our fundraising talk with Robert Harris in discussion with Dr Peter Jones at the Royal Society. The Lawyers Group grows to over 120 members who enjoy events at Middle Temple, King’s College London and the Supreme Court. Dr Michael Scott entertains the audience in his Friends of Classics Memorial Lecture on Delphi.2017
Our main objective in 2018 is to create long-term sustainability for the charity through further investment in schools already teaching classics. By the end of the year we have made 148 grants to 199 schools (102 primary and 97 secondary), bringing our total since inception to around 800. Key to reaching more schools and more pupils year on year are our Regional Classics Networks which we expand by three, bringing the total to 17.
We exceed our target for work in the primary sector, reaching 102 schools, an increase of over 30% on 2017. We are encouraged by the rise in secondary schools wishing to introduce classics as an examination subject at GCSE and ‘A’ level. Thanks to the continuing support of the A. G. Leventis Foundation, six primary schools and 13 secondary schools start to teach Ancient Greek during the year.
We hold a lively discussion on Ovid in April at the Royal Geographical Society led by Natalie Haynes and Professor Stephen Heyworth. Tom Holland gives an inspiring talk on ‘Did Religion exist in the Ancient World’ for the Friends of Classics Memorial Lecture. A joint evening with The Wallace Collection on ‘Reading Titian, Poussin and others through classical literature’ features Charlotte Higgins and Xavier Bray, the Director of the Wallace Collection, drawing new audiences to both organisations.
Our flourishing Lawyers Group holds three private events including a moot trial of Verres at the UK Supreme Court.2018