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.
We now work with 11 schools across the county, seven of which have introduced classics from scratch. We cover a vast geographical region with diverse demographics and work closely with teachers to find the best route into classics for their school. To date, we have trained non-specialist teachers to offer Latin in primary and secondary schools and have just launched our first Greek club. Among other achievements in 2019-20 we:
- recruited four new primary and four new secondary schools, introducing classics to 910 students
- ran a primary school taster day
- trained 15 Newly Qualified at Farnley Academy to teach classics across the curriculum at Key Stage 3.
delivered outreach talks to 120 students.
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 teacher 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 Sacha: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07854 634 861.
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.