Founded in 2017, the network aims to introduce and develop classics in state primary and secondary schools in Yorkshire. Supported by Classics for All and the University of Leeds, we offer free training and support for teachers interested in introducing or strengthening the teaching of classics in their schools. So far we have worked with 61 schools, 35 primary and 26 secondary.
The Leeds Classics Network is now in its fifth year of operation and until 2020 was co-ordinated by Dr Maria Haley supported by the Department of Classics. Maria has since stepped back from the role and has handed responsibility over to Will Mundy who currently co-ordinates both Leeds and Manchester as a joint network.
We cover a vast geographical region with diverse demographics and work closely with teachers to find the best route into classics for their school. Among other achievements in 2020-21 we have:
engaged with 19 schools, 14 primary and five secondary, 15 of which are new to the network.
established Latin at Key Stage 2 on the curriculum at 11 schools.
supported Key Stage 3 classics at St Mary’s Menston and Parkwood E-ACT and A Level classical civilisation at Greenhead College and Dixons Sixth Form.
hosted a primary Teach-Meet to support existing schools with Latin teaching using Minimus and Maximum Classics, which resulted in one existing school taking up teaching ancient Greek.
delivered word roots training to 16 schools in the Leeds area in partnership with CfA North, four of which have trained to teach Latin using Maximum Classics as a result.
As well as working with teachers new to classics, we offer those with prior experience the chance to refresh their subject knowledge with support from highly skilled professional trainers. We also run a our reading competition and develop innovative teaching resources.
We encourage classics teachers in the North of England to share ideas and work closely with networks in Blackpool, Liverpool, Manchester and the North East on joint projects.
If you are interested in finding out more about how you can enrich your curriculum with classics please get in touch. All the support that we offer is free.
We invite individual or corporate sponsorship of our regional networks. If you would like to find out more, please contact Alice: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gemma Williams, from Allerton Grange School in Leeds, talks about how she lobbied her senior leadership team to put classics on the timetable, the challenges of being the only state secondary school in Leeds teaching Classical Civilisation, and how classics can be an engine for social mobility and pupil progression to university.