Blackpool Sixth Form Classics Network
‘Doing classics at Sixth Form was an amazing opportunity for me and I’m now going on to Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge to study Archaeology and Egyptology.’ Pupil, Blackpool Sixth Form College
Blackpool Classics Network was established in 2016 by Peter Wright, Head of Classics at Blackpool Sixth Form College, which has a thriving classics department.
The Network aims to bring the teaching of classics to schools, many in areas of socio-economic deprivation where the number of children receiving Free School Meals is significantly above the national average. The Network offers free taster days, training and ongoing support and mentoring to primary and secondary school teachers who often do not have previous experience of classics.
Since its launch, the Network has:
- introduced Latin, ancient history and classical literature in nine primary schools and five secondary schools, reaching hundreds of children, some of whom have now progressed to Russell Group universities to study classics-related subjects.
- run an innovative training day with Dr Matthew Fitzjohn, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, showing teachers how to incorporate Lego and archaeology into Latin and numeracy lessons.
- secured a grant for teacher research to measure the impact of Latin on pupils’ vocabulary.
This academic year 2019-20, the Network is aiming to work with an additional five primary schools and two secondary schools, alongside driving the Latin for literacy research and continuing to work with its existing schools.
If you are a teacher or a school interested in introducing of developing classics, we are here to support you with free training and subject knowledge enhancement. For further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.