Grants and support for schools

Programme news and upcoming opportunities for schools

Dates for the Diary:

Autumn 2018 – Archaeology and Classics CPD

‘What can we learn about the Romans?’ MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) & Classics for All have partnered to bring an exciting FREE continuous professional development opportunity for Key Stage 2 teachers teaching the Romans this autumn.

If you would like to sign for any of the sessions below, please contact Ashley Almeida (aalmeida@mola.org.uk) on 0207 410 2200.

Havering: Hacton Primary School, 15th Nov

Croydon: Croydon Museum, 21st Nov

Haringey: Harris Primary Academy Coleraine Park, 22nd Nov

Newham: Godwin Junior School, 28th Nov

Bristol and South West Teach-Meets

Bath: Royal High School, 14th Nov, register here

Bristol: Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building, 28th Nov, register here

For further information, please contact Richard Cole at classics-hub@bristol.ac.uk

Other events:

Inaugural Classics Christmas Lecture – Surbiton High School, 14th December

Programme Update – September 2018

In 2016, with generous support from The A. G. Leventis Foundation, CfA began a campaign to introduce Ancient Greek in state schools.  By 2016, entries for Greek GCSE across the UK stood at 1,270 and only a handful of state schools were teaching Greek to examination level.  In the course of the last two years, spearheaded by Hannah Walsh, our A. G. Leventis Foundation project co-ordinator, over 37 state schools have begun to teach Ancient Greek in schools from Coventry to Newcastle.

Ancient Greek is struggling to survive in state schools in an increasingly crowded curriculum with severe budgetary constraints so one of our strategies has been to support Saturday classes where pupils from a number of schools can learn together, making the numbers viable. The article on our Liverpool Classics Network’s summer school offers some useful insights into how this works and what motivates young people to get out of bed on a Saturday morning to learn an ancient language.

In the longer term, we are also conscious that the prospects for Ancient Greek will only improve if we address the shortage of teachers equipped to teach the subject and ignite an interest in learning Greek in primary schools.  With this in mind, we have commissioned an accessible and entertaining on-line course which introduces primary pupils to both Greek language and culture.  This is going down well in primary schools, tapping into pupils’ interest in Greek mythology and cracking codes.  Angela Dix’s account of work in primary schools offers a heartening insight into progress in Cambridgeshire where early exposure to ancient languages is beginning to create new demand for the subjects in secondary school.

Finally on a more global theme, Professor Michael Scott offers a fascinating insight into the growing wave of interest in Greek language and culture in China.

If any schools are interested in spreading the Olympic flame, Classics for All will support you with free training and resources, so please get in touch at grants@classicsforall.org.uk