University of Leeds Classics Network
Founded in 2017, the Leeds Classics Network aims to introduce and develop classics in state primary and secondary schools in Yorkshire. Supported by Classics for All and the University of Leeds, we offer free training and support for teachers interested in introducing or strengthening the teaching of classics in their schools.
We now work with 11 schools across the county, over half of which have introduced classics from scratch with our support. We cover a vast geographical region with diverse demographics and work closely with teachers to find the best route into classics for their school.
To date, we have trained non-specialist teachers to offer Latin in primary and secondary schools and have just launched our first ancient Greek club. Among our achievements in the 2018-19 academic year, we have:
- trained 15 Newly Qualified teachers at Farnley Academy to teach classics across the curriculum at Key Stage 3.
- delivered outreach talks to 120 students.
- introduced Latin at Key Stage 3 in two local secondary schools.
As well as working with teachers new to classics, we also offer those with a classics background the opportunity to update their subject knowledge and get ancient languages, ancient history or classical civilisation on the curriculum with support from a group of highly skilled professional trainers. We also deliver enrichment opportunities for students through our reading competition, and develop teaching resources to make classics more accessible. These include a six week classical civilisation taster club for pupils at Key Stage 3 and a sourcebook on Rome for GCSE Ancient History, both of which are available on our website. In summer 2019, we hosted a free week-long non-residential ancient Greek camp for beginners aged 16-21, led by a local state-school teacher Angela Yates and volunteer Kate Williams.
We are keen to encourage the sharing of expertise between classics teachers in the North of England and recently hosted a meeting for colleagues from networks in Blackpool, Liverpool, Manchester and the North East to share effective practice. Next year, we want to reach more primary schools in order to support the teaching of literacy through Latin and to ensure that classics are embedded as an option at every Key Stage.
Classics for All invites individual or corporate sponsorship of our regional networks. If you would like to find out more, please contact Sacha: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07854 634 861.