The Classical Association of Scotland Schools’ Network (Classics for All Scottish Network)
For decades, classics has been on the fringes of Scotland’s schools. Only around 500-600 pupils sit exams in Latin or classical studies annually, mostly from fee-paying schools.
In 2017, the Classical Association of Scotland Schools’ Network was founded to address this gap, offering free Continuing Professional Development, training and resources for any primary or secondary schools interested in teaching classical subjects. The Network serves 32 different local authority areas and works with four different universities.
Since establishment, we have built bridges between schools, universities and local authorities, encouraging the sustainable growth of classics teaching in schools for pupils of all backgrounds. To date, our key achievements include:
- working with seven primary schools in Glasgow and Aberdeenshire to introduce Latin on the curriculum or as an after school club.
- setting up a national network for classics teachers that meets twice annually to share experience and resources.
- revising existing teaching materials for the Higher Classical Studies syllabus.
- playing an active role in reviving teacher training in Latin and classical studies in Scotland. In 2020, five new classics teachers will be trained each year.
- running a Greek and Latin Summer School.
In 2020, we plan to build momentum in both primary and secondary schools, ensuring that our impact is lasting. A key objective for 2019-20 is to encourage more schools to trial extra-curricular clubs as a stepping-stone towards offering classics on the curriculum.
If you are interested in introducing classics in your school, please contact Network Co-ordinator Alex Imrie: Scotland@classicsforall.org.uk
We invite 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.