Network co-ordinator: Angela Dix, adixcfa@gmail.com

Mini soldiers

In 2011 a group of rural Norfolk schools was fortunate to receive one of the first grants from Classics for All. Co-ordinator Jane Maguire worked with one high school and seven of its feeder primary schools, enabling them all to introduce Latin by funding resources and providing two years of regular training and support. Two further groups of schools, each with one high school and a cluster of primaries, were subsequently offered a one-year funding programme with similar training and support.

By 2016, it was found that the majority of these nineteen school were continuing to teach some Latin and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Teachers and teaching assistants had really valued the training and, despite initial lack of confidence, clearly demonstrated how successful the training of non-specialists can be. 

Norwich Castle Museum has been a great source of support throughout, enthusiastically adapting its established Roman Days to include as much Latin as possible for those schools studying it.

The network has since gone on to introduce classics to 85 schools overall, 63 primary and 22 secondary, training 232 teachers and reaching over 9,500 pupils.

From 2021, Jane Maguire has stepped back from her role as Network Co-ordinator, with the network being taken over Angela Dix and run in partnership with the Cambridgeshire Classics Network.

Norfolk continues to build on its first grants, sustaining and increasing interest in teaching Latin.

We invite individual or corporate sponsorship of our regional networks. If you would like to find out more, please contact Jules: jules@classicsforall.org.uk or 07854 634 861.