Manchester Classics Network
The University of Manchester Classics for All Network aims to bring Latin to schools in Greater Manchester. We were set up in 2015 and so far have introduced Latin to 20 new schools across the North West, reaching over 1,000 students. We train non-specialist teachers wanting to offer Latin from primary school through to A-Level. Our team helps schools to find the right route into Latin for their students, be it a Latin to GCSE club or a course to support literacy in primary schools.
In 2019, we have trained 17 English teachers to teach the Key Stage 3 Cambridge Latin Course at Our Lady’s and Turton Schools. We have also trained two new primary schools to teach a hybrid Latin and classical civilisation course; Beamont and Stanley Road Primary schools.
Now in its fourth year, we are also proud of a partnership between Mauldeth Road Primary and Withington Girls’ Secondary, in which Withington sixth-formers run a weekly Latin club for Mauldeth pupils. This partnership attracted praise from Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester.
In June, we celebrated our achievements in primary Latin in a Roman Games afternoon for primary school Latin students from schools in our Network.
For new primary schools, we are currently developing a Roman Britain pack with a graphic novel and 3D prints of Roman coins, in order to recruit new schools and signpost local sites of interest.
On the secondary school front, we hosted a training day for local Latin teachers, enabling them to train a non-specialist teacher to offer the Cambridge Latin Course. This will allow us to foster more local support for our Network.
We are also keen to support state school students already studying Latin. In April 2019, we hosted a GCSE “Latin Scholars” Day to consolidate students’ knowledge of their set text authors, using workshops run by subject specialists in the Department. Feedback was very positive, with teachers reporting that:
“This day will undoubtedly make a real difference not only to their performance in the exam but, perhaps more importantly, to their intellectual development.”
We hope to repeat this day with the new set texts next year and open it up to as many schools as possible.
Next year, we aim to extend the scope of our work through an ancient history insight day for pupils in Year 12. This will include a parallel sessions on archaeology, history and literature in translation, in addition to beginners’ languages.
At Manchester, we have a track record of introducing Latin to schools and are developing innovative approaches to engaging new schools in Latin, classical civilisation and ancient history.
Manchester Classics for All (MCfA) is run by the Manchester & District branch of the Classical Association in partnership with the Department of Classics & Ancient History and the Outreach & Widening Participation Office in the University of Manchester.