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Academic Lead: Justine Wolfenden,
Academic Lead: Stephanie Holton,
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“We find it particularly difficult to engage boys in literacy; however, you provided them with a brilliant role model and as a result they are hooked - we even have some of the 'hard to reach' boys saving up their pocket money and spending it on abridged versions of the Odyssey.” Teacher at Hartside Primary School.

Founded in 2019 by Durham University and Classics for All, the Network uses the research expertise of Durham’s Classics Department to support state primary and secondary schools to introduce classical subjects on the curriculum, increasing the cultural capital, literacy skills and aspirations of pupils in the North East.

We develop new resources and offer free Continuing Professional Development integrating classical subjects into the teaching of literacy and literature, in partnership with talented and enthusiastic classics teachers from across the region.

From 2014 the University delivered an innovative programme on ancient poetry in primary schools, reaching 13 primary schools in 2017.  Since then, we have developed new resources to support the teaching of English literature and literacy in secondary schools, with a focus on ancient myth and storytelling. So far we have run successful pilot programmes with three schools, all of which have integrated classical subjects into the English curriculum.

Building on this, in 2020-21 the network aims to:

  • produce resources and run training for primary school teachers on teaching epic poetry as part of the literacy curriculum.  
  • train teachers primary schools to teach Latin and classics on the curriculum 
  • run training for teachers on integrating the study of classical stories in the Key Stage 3 English curriculum, based on a new resource called Seven Stories.
  • support schools to complete Classic for All’s extra-curricular award the Olympus Challenge, culminating in an award ceremony and classics activity day at Durham University.

If you are interested in introducing classics in your school please contact us.  We look forward to helping you.

The Durham and North East Classics Network is generously sponsored by Andrew Hobson.