Leicester Classics Network
Founded in 2015, the University of Leicester Classics Network aims to introduce classical subjects into local state schools, offering free resources, training and support for teachers interested in increasing pupils’ access to the ancient world.
In 2014, classics was only taught at two independent schools and a small number of sixth form colleges in Leicester. Since its inception, the Network has made classical subjects available to more than 30 schools in Leicester alone, many with no previous tradition of teaching classics.
In 2018-19 achievements included:
- introducing classics on to the curriculum for more than 1,300 Year 7 pupils in Lionheart Academies Trust schools.
- delivering taster sessions for pupils in more than 30 schools in the East Midlands.
- training more than 30 teachers to teach classical subjects on the curriculum.
- launching GCSE Classical Civilisation in Lionheart Trust Schools with 60 pupils.
- appointing a Leicester Classics Network Ambassador (Lidia Kuhivchak, Beauchamp College) to promote classics in primary schools.
- introducing Latin in five Leicester primary schools.
- supporting Lionheart Academies Trust in their successful bid to open a new inner-city free school in Leicester with classical subjects on the curriculum from Year 7.
- collaborating with many local arts and heritage organisations, including Leicester Creative Business Depot, Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society and the Friends of the Jewry Wall Museum, to provide a wide range of enrichment opportunities based on local Roman archaeology.
- hosting events for the East Midlands Association of Classical Teachers (EMACT).
- collaborating with the School of Education (University of Leicester) to provide training in classical subjects for PGCE students.
Alongside Latin, ancient Greek, ancient history and classical civilisation, the Network puts a strong focus on classical archaeology. In 2018 it launched a book, Life in the Roman World: Roman Leicester (Savani, Scott & Morris)(for KS3-5) and resources for teachers and pupils at Key Stages 2 – 5 (ages 9 to 18) which explore the complexities of culturally and ethnically diverse communities in the Roman world. The aim is to engage pupils and teachers with global human history through locally focussed activities which promote and facilitate access to archaeological heritage and to introduce Latin in the context of the archaeology of Roman Leicester.
The Network is providing free classroom sets of the book to schools in Leicestershire and Rutland with the support of Classics for All and University of Leicester Research Impact Funding. If you would like a free class set for your school, please email email@example.com to book a place on one of our free half-day training sessions, which explain how the book and resources can be used to support national curriculum subjects, GCSE Classical Civilisation and the Cambridge Latin Course. The resources are available for free download, and include lesson plans, activities and worksheets. The book can be purchased at shop@le.
Plans for 2019-20 include:
- developing a partnership with Chester Farm Heritage Park (Northants) and Northamptonshire County Council. Chester Farm is a £12.7m project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Northamptonshire County Council. The excavations of the small Roman town at this site will form the focus of an educational programme for schools, enabling the expansion of the Network into Northamptonshire and beyond.
- running taster sessions, enrichment activities and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers throughout the year. For further information or to book a session, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Leicester Network has been generously supported by Mr Dimitri Chandris in 2018 and 2019.
For further information visit:
- Free resources for teachers
- Artefact to Art competition
- University of Leicester Archaeological Services