Classics for All Free CPD Training at Harrow

Latin and Greek language training: free CPD for primary and secondary teachers

10.00am – 5.30pm on Wednesday 28th August

9.00am – 4.00pm on Thursday 29th August

Hosted by Harrow School

Classics for All, a national charity which works to widen access to classical subjects, is delighted to be working in partnership with Harrow School to support the teaching and learning of Classics.

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. Please click here for the leaflet or the sign up letter.

Course content

Following the success of the courses we ran in 2017 and 2018, this summer we are pleased to be able to increase the range of groups on offer and introduce specific sessions for primary teachers.

Primary sessions

Teachers are welcome to attend one or both days.

Day 1: Wednesday 28th August – Introducing Latin and Classics at primary level

This course will include hands-on learning activities allowing teachers to learn some Latin, understand its place within the KS2 languages curriculum and explore opportunities to develop and enrich students’ literacy skills through Latin and Classics.

Day 2: Thursday 29th August – Introducing Ancient Greek at primary level

In the morning, teachers will be introduced to the 10 week Mega Greek course which gives pupils from Years 4-6 the opportunity of learning the Ancient Greek language, as well as discovering how its culture permeates the modern world. In the afternoon, there will be a choice of sessions:

  • Teaching literacy and history through the Greek myths: Caroline Musgrove from the Cambridge Schools Classics Project will discuss the Primary Ancient Greeks resources
  • Learning Greek with Basil the Frog: Charlie Andrew from Classics for All will introduce teachers to the new Basil Batrakhos coursebook which 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.

Secondary sessions

All secondary sessions will run as 2 day courses.

Group 1 – Beginners’ Greek: This group is aimed at those who are new to Greek. Some prior knowledge of the alphabet would be helpful but not essential. The course will focus on the basic elements of grammar and the main textbook used will be John Taylor’s Greek to GCSE Part 1.

Group 2 – Beginners’ Latin: This course will use Cambridge Latin Course Book 1 and will provide a solid introduction to the basics of Latin grammar.

Group 3 – Intermediate Latin: This group is aimed to support teachers who already have some knowledge of Latin and who would now like to teach up to GCSE level. The course will cover the language requirements up to GCSE level. Other topics such as teaching GCSE on reduced time or tackling the Literature and Culture (OCR)/Roman Civilisation (Eduqas) options may also be covered depending on the interests of those in the group.

Group 4 – Teaching Literature at GCSE: This group will be led by an OCR Lead Examiner and will focus specifically on teaching the literature components of Latin and/or Greek GCSE.

We are keen to ensure that these courses are as beneficial as possible to those who attend and therefore we will tailor the exact structure and content of each class in response to need. The details above are just intended as a guide.

Although we do not plan to run an Intermediate Greek course this year, we may be able to do so if there is sufficient interest. Offering a one day course on Intermediate Greek and a one day course on Greek/Latin Literature could be another option. Given this flexibility, we would appreciate it if you could provide us with as much detail as possible about your own training needs when registering.

The sessions will be led by subject specialists from Harrow School and Rooks Heath College and by experienced trainers from Classics for All. Group sizes will be kept small to allow for maximum progress.

Practical details

Day 1: Wednesday 28th August

  • Small group tuition from 10am – 5.30pm
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Dinner (optional – cost heavily subsidised by Classics for All)

Day 2: Thursday 29th August

  • Small group tuition from 9am – 4pm
  • Lunch and refreshments provided


This course is free to attend. You will be able to borrow textbooks for the duration of the course, although you may prefer to purchase your own copies of course books in advance.

Classics for All hopes to be able to provide accommodation on Wednesday night (and Tuesday if absolutely necessary) for those teachers who will be travelling to the course from outside Greater London. Room availability is limited so this accommodation will be allocated according to need and geographical distance. Do complete the registration form ASAP if you would like to reserve accommodation.

Again for those travelling from further afield, we hope that you will be able to claim back any travel expenses from your school. Having said that, Classics for All may be able to make a modest contribution towards train travel if your school is unable to provide financial support.

Getting to Harrow

If you are coming by car, parking is available on site on Garlands Lane (HA1 3GF). The nearest London Underground and mainline train station is Harrow on the Hill (Metropolitan and Chiltern lines). From the station, it is a 10 minute walk uphill to the school. Full details and a map of the school site can be found here:

What next?

To register for this free CPD course, please sign up online as soon as possible here: Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions or difficulties with the online registration process, please contact

We are grateful to Harrow School for allowing us use of their facilities.