Warwick Classics Network
- The Warwick Classics Network (WCN) was launched in 2018 by Prof. Michael Scott at the Dept. of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick. The work of the WCN is supported by Classics for All, the Leventis Foundation, and the Warwick Widening Participation Development Fund. Since May 2018, Dr Paul Grigsby, a Research Fellow in Outreach and Impact at the University of Warwick, has overseen the work of the WCN.
- The WCN is an ever-growing community of teachers and academics dedicated to the promotion and support of Classics and Classics-teaching in Coventry, Warwickshire and beyond. Together with Classics for All, our main objective is to make the study of classics available for everyone, irrespective of economic or social background.
- The WCN is keen to hear from any schools and teachers in Coventry and the West Midlands interested in introducing Classics to their curriculum, or from any current Classics teachers in need of support.
Successes and Achievements 2018-219
- Our launch event ‘Emperors, Coins, Frogs and Oracles’ in July 2018 brought over 200 pupils and teachers from over 35 schools to us at Warwick.
- Since our launch, the WCN have been busy helping local schools introduce classics. These include:
- Helping Studley High School introduce Ancient History GCSE in September 2019.
- Introducing an extra-curricular classics club at President Kennedy School, Coventry.
- Planning for the introduction of classics to the Yr7 curriculum at Stoke Park and Barr’s Hill School, Coventry in September 2019.
- Creating classics enrichment sessions for Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby, for introduction September 2019.
- Helping Cardinal Wiseman School in Coventry to introduce Latin in September 2019.
- WCN is also in the process of introducing classics to Ashlawn School, Rugby; Hartshill School, Nuneaton Academy, George Eliot School, and Heath Lane School, Nuneaton; and West Coventry Academy, the Whitley Academy, and Ernesford Grange in Coventry.
- Our project Coventry: A City of Cultures is bringing classics to local schools including President Kennedy and Barr’s Hill.
- In addition, the WCN are busy creating a suite of online resources to aid classics teaching in schools:
- #AskAnAcademic videos. Featuring our Warwick academics, these videos are designed to aid the teaching of Classical Civilisation and Ancient History.
- Ancient History resources. We are pleased to be helping produce and host a suite of Ancient History teacher resources for Classics for All based on the Ancient History curriculum for availability by September 2019.
What is special about the WCN?
- The WCN is part of a thriving and outward-looking classics department whose academics such as Prof Michael Scott are committed to the promotion of classics to the wider public. Prof. Michael Scott and Dr Paul Grigsby have been nominated for the 2019 Warwick Public Engagement Contribution Award, in part for their work with the WCN.
Our goals for the future
- The WCN is committed to continue bringing classics to Coventry, Warwickshire and beyond. Our next main goal is the introduction of Latin into our local Primary schools.