Grants and support for schools

Programme news and upcoming opportunities for schools

Dates for the Diary:

28-30th August 2018 – Greek and Latin training course in Partnership with Harrow School

Following the success of the free training course in Latin and Greek that we ran for teachers in October 2017 at Harrow School, we are proposing to run the course again this summer and would like to gauge initial interest.

Harrow School has kindly offered us the use of their facilities between Tuesday 28th – Thursday 30th August 2018 and therefore we propose to run a 2 – 2.5 day course during this time period.

To sign up, please email Moa@classicsforall.org.uk

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.

Haringey: Harris Academy Coleraine Park, 20th Sept

Newham: Godwin Junior School, 26th Sept

Barking/Dagenham: Manor Junior School, 8th Oct

Croydon: Croydon Museum, 17th Oct

 

Programme Update – April 2018

2017 was a bumper year for Classics for All. We supported over 200 new schools to introduce or develop Classics across the country from the south west of England to the east end of Glasgow.

In 2018, we are continuing to strengthen our presence across the UK. In January, we launched a new classics network in partnership with the University of Warwick and Dr Michael Scott. This will focus on promoting Classical Civilisation and Ancient History in schools. Following a period of research and consultation, Birmingham University will also be establishing a Classics network led by Dr Elena Theodorakopoulos. We are grateful to both universities for the time and resources that they are investing to secure a healthy future for Classics in the midlands.

The new Classics Network in Scotland chaired by Professor Tom Harrison and co-ordinated by Alex Imrie has made an immediate impact. In the east end of Glasgow, 10 schools will be piloting a new Classics course for young people in upper primary school and there are plans to roll the programme out in other local authority areas.

We remain keen to address demand in primary schools where there is a growing appetite for Latin and all things classical. In 2017, the number of primary schools starting Latin with CfA support doubled and there is clear momentum.

Feedback from primary school teachers suggests that Latin enhances pupils’ literacy skills, giving them a secure understanding of grammatical concepts, as well as offering an excellent foundation for studying Modern Foreign Languages.

Blackpool is a good example of one place Latin has taken root with support from Classics for All. Led by Peter Wright, Head of Classics at Blackpool Sixth Form College, there are plans to introduce Latin on the curriculum in 20 primary schools following a successful pilot programme in 2017. CfA has produced a short film documenting the work which is can be viewed on our website.

In the secondary sector, budgetary constraints continue to put pressure on small Classics departments. As one response to this, we are working with schools to offer all pupils aged 11-14 (Key Stage 3) an introduction to Classics across the curriculum through literature, humanities and languages. There is already some evidence that this approach is beginning to generate demand for classical subjects at GCSE.

We launched the A. G. Leventis funded Greek ‘Electra Programme’ in late April 2017. To date we have supported the introduction of Greek in 18 schools both on the curriculum and as an after school enrichment activity.

To view the full list of 43 schools (!!) reached since October, click here.