Grants and support for schools

Programme news and upcoming opportunities for schools

The Olympus Challenge

The Olympus Challenge has been designed to recognise the work of students who are studying classics on an extra-curricular basis or as a non-examined curriculum subject. To complete the challenge, students must choose three modules from a choice of five options. This flexibility enables groups to tailor the challenge according to their own interests.

All students who complete the challenge will receive an official certificate from Classics for All, endorsed by a number of our university and further education partners.

News from the Electra Programme

Through the Electra Programme, Classics for All is working to provide more opportunities for state school pupils to learn about the language and culture of Ancient Greece.

Since April 2017, we have supported the introduction of Ancient Greek in over 40 state schools across the country, many of which are in areas of deprivation. As a result, over 700 pupils are now learning Greek in clubs and classes at both primary and secondary level.

Greek in Cambridge

This short video highlights the positive impact that Ancient Greek lessons are having in two Cambridge schools that are funded through the Electra Programme – Parkside Community College and St Matthew’s Primary School.

New resources for primary Greek

Given the increasing interest in incorporating Greek into the primary curriculum at KS2, we are delighted to be able to share two fantastic teaching resources with schools – Mega Greek and Basil Batrakhos.

The Mega Greek course has been developed to give pupils from Years 4-6 the opportunity of learning the Ancient Greek language, as well as discovering how its culture permeates the modern world. The course is designed to be taught by incumbent school staff following one day’s training, with all plans and materials available online. For further information about Mega Greek in action, read about lessons at Grove Park Primary and a Classics club at Corpus Christi Primary in Leeds.

The Basil Batrakhos course aims to give students aged 9-12 an enjoyable, accessible and useful introduction to the language, stories and life of Greece in its classical heyday. Together students work with Basil the Frog as he attempts to decode a secret letter written by one of his ancestors in Ancient Greek. The course book is free to download from the website www.basilbatrakhos.com and print copies can also be ordered from Classics for All here. The first copies of Basil Batrakhos were printed in April 2019 and there has been so much demand that we have already requested another print run. Charlie Andrew, Classics for All’s Training and Resource Manager and the editor of Basil Batrakhos, is currently teaching the course to a class of Year 5 pupils at a London state school. Her weekly plans, resources and reflections on teaching the course can all be found here: https://basilbatrakhos.com/teaching/

What next?

Our CPD course at Harrow School will offer training and support for those interested in introducing Ancient Greek.

Dates for the Diary:

Classics for All CPD at Harrow School

This training is open to anyone who is teaching in state primary and secondary schools and colleges in England or Wales. Whether you are interested in introducing Latin or Ancient Greek into your school or college for the first time, or whether you would like to consolidate your own linguistic understanding to support what you currently teach, we hope that this CPD opportunity will prove invaluable. If you would like more information about the training days, please click here or to see the leaflet and sign up letter.

GCSE and A-Level Classical Civilisation Conference

The University of Bristol’s Classics Hub is delighted to announce that it will be running a GCSE and A-Level Classical Civilisation conference on Thursday 7th March 2019 in the Wills Memorial Building. For more information, click here.

2019 – 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.

After successfully running 5 CPD workshops in Havering, Croydon, Haringey, Newham and Lewisham we shall be running this programme again in 2019. Please contact Ashley Almeida (aalmeida@mola.org.uk) on 0207 410 2200 if you would like to attend.

Other events:

Latin Spelling Bee – Harris Academy Chafford Hundred, 14 March 2019

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