Network Co-ordinator: Mike Beer, [email protected]

Photo by James Hooker

The Devon and Cornwall Network was established in January 2021, supported by Exeter University and funding from the Rank Foundation to bring classics to the further reaches of Devon and Cornwall as part of our mission to reach areas of low school participation. The Network has made huge strides since its launch, particularly in primary schools. 


Since January 2021 the Network has:

  • Supported 46 schools, 28 primary and 18 secondary schools, to introduce or improve their classics provision.
  • Trained over 130 teachers, many of whom had never studied classics before themselves, allowing over 3,000 pupils to study classical subjects on a regular basis.

There has been notable success in Plymouth and Torbay, which rank among the poorest coastal communities in the country with low levels of social mobility.

Highlights include:

  • supporting 34 teachers at Brooke Green Centre for Learning, a special school in Plymouth, to teach etymology to 97 pupils.
  • supporting 35 teachers at Shiphay Learning Academy, a primary school in Torbay, to roll out classics across the entire school.

In 2023-24 Mike intends to offer enrichment events to engage more primary and secondary schools in Classics, train more teachers in schools already engaged with the network and launch Classics at Key Stage 3 on the curriculum or after school in new secondary schools.


We invite individual or corporate sponsorship of our regional networks. If you would like to find out more, please get in touch at [email protected].