Classics for All runs a grants programme to support the development of classics in primary and secondary throughout the year, following a recent increase in demand for grants. We advise and support applicants, often putting them in touch with existing ‘classics hubs’ in their area to ensure that plans are connected and sustainable. Our ‘start-up’ grants aim to help get classics established in schools, often through re-training and mentoring teachers of modern foreign languages or other subjects to get classics up and running.
Please read the Application Guidelines before applying for a grant.
New to classics and do not know how to get started? We recommend our guide to setting up classics in schools, which gives practical advice for primary and secondary schools on courses, resources and training and how to make the argument for classics in your school. You can also read about initial teacher training routes here.
Why classics in primary schools?
Latin and ancient Greek can now be studied as part of the compulsory Key Stage 2 languages curriculum. It is an increasingly popular alternative to a modern foreign languages and is accessible for pupils of all abilities. It offers pupils a great foundation for later study of French or Spanish at Key Stage 3 and enhances literacy. Primary Latin courses are accessible and fun, using story and cartoons to open a window on Roman history and culture as well as insight into word derivation and grammar.
Why classics in secondary schools?
Classics offer something for everyone. Classical civilisation is a good hybrid course that suits pupils interested in ancient civilisation and culture; ancient history attracts pupils interested in earlier periods of history and archaeology. A growing number of state secondary schools are now also introducing Latin at Key Stages 3 to 5, noting benefits for pupils of all abilities including a better grasp of grammar, enhanced vocabulary, greater curiosity about the past and respect from employers and universities.
Interested in finding out more?
If you already offer classics, you might want to talk to us about how you can expand provision or encourage other schools near you to get involved.
In response to growing demand for our grants, we have also begun to encourage the development of regional ‘classics hubs’, often involving partnerships between primary and secondary schools, classics associations and universities. Visit our regional network pages to find out more.
If you have any ideas or questions, please get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quotes from previous grantees
Quotes from teachers in schools that were awarded grants by Classics for All:
‘I was not given a classical education, yet, I always had a feeling that it was important, but didn’t necessarily know why. I was lucky enough to be given access to this world through Classics for All and I haven’t looked back since.’ David Hogg, Kelmscott School, Walthamstow, London
‘Quite remarkably, we have here in the centre of Coventry a group of mostly Muslim children who see quite clearly that they live in a society where Latin, ancient Greek and the classics are the linguistic regalia of entitlement and they want a share of it… Year 7 students are competing for the chance to begin learning Latin in September 2015. I say competing because Latin is phenomenally popular.’ Nicola Neto, Sidney Stringer Academy, Coventry
‘Classical studies are often seen as the preserve of the more affluent and/or selective schools but, with such a wide scope – language, religion, philosophy, history, oratory, art, archaeology, myth, poetry and so much more – they offer young people of all backgrounds and ability levels an opportunity to broaden their perspectives, to think critically, to develop skills in research, analysis and interpretation and to gain access to great literature.’ Deborah Hughes, Greig City Academy, Haringey London
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