Grants and support for schools

The Phoenix Programme:

support Latin and Classics in primary schools

We are delighted to announce that thanks to a generous grant from The Polonsky Foundation, we have launched a new project that aims to support the teaching of Latin and Classics in 60 state primary and secondary schools over the next three years training 105 teachers and reaching 1,500 pupils. 

Why teach Latin & Classics in primary schools?

Now that Latin can be taught as part of the Key Stage 2 (KS2) primary languages curriculum, an increasing number of schools across the country are using Classics to enrich the busy primary curriculum.

From recent research and school case studies, it is evident that Classics and Latin can:

  • provide an appealing path to increased cultural access for all, including  English as an Additional Language (EAL) students;
  • enhance pupils’ study of the Greeks and Romans as part of KS2 History curriculum;
  • provide excellent support for English grammar and literacy for pupils of all abilities, promoting increased and enriched vocabulary, and a deeper understanding of English grammar as taught at KS2;
  • scaffold language development for pupils performing below age-related expectations, or pupils with English as an additional language;
  • complement other modern language learning at KS2 and prepare pupils well for learning new languages at KS3.

Most importantly of all, studying Classics is fun!

We can provide free training and support for primary schools interested in introducing Latin or Classics, and we will continue to support the development of additional resources to enrich the teaching of these subjects at primary level.

If you are interested in participating in this funded project or would like to find out more, please contact Hilary Hodgson, the Grants and Programmes Director at Classics for All (