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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, run by Jasmine Elmer, has made huge strides since its launch, particularly in primary schools, and will be coordinated by Mike Beer. 

Since January 2021 the Network has launched or developed Classics on the curriculum in five new primary schools, four new secondary schools and one Further Education College reaching 925 pupils and training 107 teachers. 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.

Priorities for 2022 include:

  • offering enrichment events to engage more primary and secondary schools in Classics.
  • introducing Latin or Classics in primary schools.
  • training more teachers in schools already engaged with the network.
  • launching 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 contact Alice: