The list below should be helpful for anyone looking to set up a classics programme in their school. The first section includes other sources of funding (or subsidised teacher training) to schools, followed by organisations that offer school visits to supplement classical studies.
The Cambridge Schools Classics Project
The CSCP is a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge and provides help, support and advice to schools wishing to introduce a classical subject. It authors the most widely used Latin course in the world and has a huge range of resources, including e-learning and video conferencing, which also encompasses classical civilisation and ancient Greek.
Through its network of local branches, the CA supports classics in local areas through school reading competitions, play readings and outings to places of classical interest. They provide conference bursaries and often contribute to major academic projects. As well as producing three academic journals a year, they produce a biannual newsletter and hold an annual conference.
The CA supports a wider range of outreach events if they tend towards the promotion of public awareness of the importance of classics and/or support classics in schools. Supported activities might include: public talks or small interactive sessions on the classical world (either one-off or a series); reading and discussion groups; theatrical performances; costs to support schools who would otherwise find it difficult financially to attend a classical exhibition or event off-site. The CA may agree to fund travel expenses and associated costs for speakers and/or organisers (but not, normally, professional fees). Such associated costs may include room hire, hire or purchase of materials and advertising.
The Hellenic Society Council considers applications from institutions and cchools for small grants to assist projects and events in the field of Hellenic studies. Typical projects for schools include the development of new courses in Greek, books and other teaching materials, classics days or conferences, Greek plays by schools and summer schools. Grants are usually in the range of £100-£500, but larger amounts are sometimes awarded.
Schools are encouraged to apply for a grant to help buy a set of books, but PLP requests that schools contribute some of the cost; many schools have received a 50 per cent grant. This grant fund is also open to independent schools. You will need to download the grant form for Minimus Book 1 and for Minimus Secundus from the website. The Primary Latin Project is allowed to give grants only to schools in the United Kingdom.
The Roman Society (the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies) has for some years worked in partnership with Classics for All, promoting knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, Roman culture and Latin language in secondary schools (one strand in a portfolio which includes publishing learned journals, running a research library and organising events such as lectures and study days on topics ranging from Roman poetry to ancient skeletal remains). In particular, the Roman Society offers grants (distributed three times a year) for the purchase of textbooks.
Many schools, whose teachers have received training thanks to Classics for All, have been equipped with vital teaching materials by the Roman Society. The Roman Society is also working on the development of much needed web-resources to assist with the teaching of, particularly, A-level Roman history and culture. With numerous calls on its resources, the Society’s council is keen to develop a dedicated fund for supporting schools, so that it can rise to the challenge of equipping the ever-growing number of schools where Classics for All has established classics teaching.
Applications from schools planning to start courses in Latin are particularly welcome. The society does not give grants for the Minimus books as schools may apply direct to the Minimus Project (see The Primary Latin Project below).
Kallos Gallery is an incredible outreach resource based in London. They offer bespoke sessions (approx. 3 hours in length) for up to 12 students over the age of 11 years old (and their accompanying teachers) tailored to the requirements of different schools and different age ranges. Examples include seminar-style sessions for older students to practise their research skills in our well-stocked library, and artefact handling and mythology for younger students. We can also offer talks and artefact handling in your school if distance makes a visit to the gallery impossible. They are very open to new ways of providing outreach and enrichment so if you have an idea then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Kallos was founded by Baron Lorne Thyssen-Bornemisza in 2014 and showcases outstanding pieces of ancient Greek art.
For more information, please contact: Paul O’Mahony (Director of Education and Outreach) at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are committed to offering our services for as little as possible – just £1 per student (which includes lunch).
The Museum of Classical Archaeology in Cambridge welcomes students of Classics of all ages. We aim to make school trips to the Museum fun and inspiring – not just educational. Our tours and object handling sessions provide enrichment for secondary school students, while primary school students love hearing myths among the statues and getting their hands on genuine Roman artefacts. To discuss a visit to the museum, contact Jennie Thornber at email@example.com
The Roman Baths is a favourite for students and their teachers studying the Romans and Roman Britain. Students can work with original Roman material. For classics and Latin students we focus on the people we know were here in Aquae Sulis in Roman times. Welcome to Aquae Sulis is a one-hour session for Latin and classical civilisation students. The session includes a presentation on the site and the people who came here, and artefact handling.
We also have Latin and Classics resources created by Anne Dicks from Malvern St James School for use in the classroom, on-site at the Roman Baths and for follow-up projects. These resources can be downloaded from the Roman Baths website.
In addition something which may be of further use for teachers and students is our GCSE Local Study CD Resource Pack: the presentations on the CD are maps, images and text sources. They are intended to be used primarily by GCSE students preparing for (local) historical enquiry-based controlled assessments about the Roman Baths and Bath but can be a valuable source of material for Classics too. Get in touch with Roman Baths Learning to get a copy.