Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire Classics Network
Who are we? The Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire Classics Network was launched in 2018. We work in partnership with regional schools and colleagues from the universities of Oxford and Reading. Our key school partners are Cheney School in Oxford from where the Iris Project is run, the Royal Grammar School High Wycombe and Aylesbury Grammar School. What do we do? We offer free training and resources to state school teachers in primary and secondary schools who are interested in introducing classical subjects onto the curriculum or as an extra-curricular activity. We also work with schools already offering classics to develop or sustain provision. Who do we support? We work both with non-specialist teachers keen to start teaching classics from scratch and subject specialists keen to develop existing provision. In 2018-19, the network worked with five new state schools. Recent developments include:
- collaboration with the University of Reading Classics Department on an outreach event with Year 9 pupils to promote the benefits of studying classical subjects.
- the introduction of ancient history AS Level at Burford School with support from Aylesbury Grammar School.
- support to sustain the teaching of Latin at Edgbarrow School in partnership with Wellington College.
- the launch of a lunchtime Latin club for pupils at Langtree School leading to Latin at GCSE in 2021.
- the launch of a classical civilisation A Level course in Oxford Spires Academy.
- plans to launch an introductory classics course for Year 7 at the Swan School, Oxford.
Our future plans In the 2019-20 school year, we have plans to:
- expand the Network, extending its reach more extensively into Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, to include an outreach event with the Ure Museum at Reading University.
- recruit three new primary schools in the region to embed classics on the curriculum.
- work in partnership with Study Higher, to develop links with nine potential secondary schools in areas of socio-economic deprivation.
- work more widely in partnership with independent schools in our area.
Can we help you? We are keen to hear from any teachers who are interested in training to introduce classics from scratch or to expand classics provision further in their schools. For further information, please contact Network Co-ordinator Linda Soames. 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.