Birmingham and West Midlands Classics Network
The Birmingham and West Midlands Schools Classics Network was launched in Spring 2018 to support new and existing classics teaching – from ancient Greek, to Latin, classical civilisation, and ancient history – in local state schools.
Classics is enjoying a resurgence in the region, in no small part thanks to generous funding and support from Classics for All, and our growing network of primary and secondary schools make the case for the role of classics on the twenty-first century curriculum.
After the Network’s first year, we are thrilled to report that 67 teachers across eight schools have received training and, as a result, over 1000 new students accessed classics. We have hosted a classics taster day for 50 students from five primary schools; an A Level revision conference attended by 80 sixth formers; and organised ancient Greek and Latin tuition for groups of school teachers.
We have seen the largest area of growth at Key Stage 2, where seven schools have adopted Latin as their language of choice via the Minimus and Maximum Classics courses, and we’re currently working to establish regular, long-term support for these pioneering teachers. In 2020, we hope to make the most of this network of primary schools and organise some fun inter-school competitions: from art to acting!
The Network’s links to the Department of Classics, Ancient History, and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham and the local branch of the Classical Association provide additional ongoing support and enrichment, including an annual INSET day for teachers and public lectures throughout the year.
We are eager to hear from schools with and without existing classics provision, and we are on hand to identify training needs for individual teachers or groups. All Continuing Professional Development, training and mentoring is free and we aim to ensure the success and sustainability of funded projects.
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.