The Network was set up in 2015 to promote and develop classics in schools across the region, and to give state school pupils the same educational opportunities as their peers in independent schools.
Over the past five years we have helped teachers from all backgrounds in 300 primary and secondary schools to teach everything from primary school Latin or ancient history to A level classical civilisation or ancient Greek.
All the support, advice and training we offer to schools is free, whether you are a classics specialist keen to brush up your subject knowledge or a primary school teacher with no previous experience of teaching classics.
We tailor all of our support to your needs and can offer 1-1 or group training at your school or online. We also arrange regular teach-meets where you can share ideas and learn from one another. Last year we worked with over 250 teachers and 7,500 students.
In 2019, our achievements included introducing Latin to 20 new primary schools in the region, many in areas of socio-economic disadvantage. One good example is Ark Oval Primary School in Croydon, where 360 pupils of all abilities started to learn Latin as their main foreign language, led by 17 teachers with little or no prior knowledge of the subject.
Progress in secondary schools was also strong with over 30 new schools approaching us for support to do everything from integrating Latin at Key Stage 3 as part of the English curriculum to launching Ancient HIstory A level.
We are particularly proud of some of our beacon schools where classics has gone from strength to strength including Kelmscott School in Walthamstow and Bishop Thomas Grant School in Southwark, which both, very unusually, offer Ancient Greek to GCSE level.
In 2020-21, we remain open for online or face to face training. We are particularly keen to hear from any primary schools wanting to improve their teaching of the ancient world or secondary schools keen to start some classics from scratch.
If you want to know more about our work and get involved, please get in touch.
We invite individual or corporate sponsorship of our regional networks. If you would like to find out more, please contact Sacha: email@example.com or 07854 634 861.