Network Co-ordinator: Dr Jane Ainsworth, firstname.lastname@example.org
Network Academic Lead: Dr Sarah Scott, email@example.com
Follow us on Twitter: @ArchAncHistLeic
Follow us on Facebook: @LeicesterClassicsHub
Founded in 2015, the network aims to introduce classical subjects in local state schools, offering free resources, training and support for teachers interested in increasing pupils’ access to the ancient world.
In 2014, classics was only taught at independent schools below A-level in Leicestershire. We now work with over 80 schools across the region offering advice, support and training on how to teach classical subjects. Recent achievements include:
- introducing classics on to the curriculum for more than 1,300 Year 7 pupils in Lionheart Academies Trust schools as well as GCSE Classical Civilisation.
- delivering classics taster sessions for pupils in more than 30 schools in the East Midlands.
- training more than 70 teachers to teach classical subjects on the curriculum from Key Stages 2-5, including sessions on Roman Leicester, myth and religion and Homeric world.
- collaborating with the School of Education (University of Leicester) to provide training in classical subjects for over 100 primary and secondary post graduate teacher trainees.
- appointing an ambassador (Lidia Kuhivchak, Beauchamp College) to promote classics in primary schools.
- introducing Latin in eleven primary schools in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
- supporting Lionheart Academies Trust in its successful bid to open a new inner-city free school in Leicester with classical subjects on the curriculum from Year 7.
- collaborating with many local arts and heritage organisations, including Leicester Creative Business Depot, Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society, the Friends of the Jewry Wall Museum, and Chester Farm Heritage Park (Northants) to provide a wide range of enrichment opportunities based on local Roman archaeology.
- providing opportunities for University of Leicester student interns to develop their teaching and communication skills through promoting the study of the classical world; approximately 30% of our interns go on to PGCE courses each year.
The Network puts a strong focus on classical archaeology. In 2018 it launched a book, Life in the Roman World: Roman Leicester (Savani, Scott & Morris) and resources for teachers and pupils which explore the complexities of culturally and ethnically diverse communities in the Roman world. The aim is to engage pupils and teachers with global human history through local activities which widen access to archaeological heritage and introduce Latin in the context of the archaeology of Roman Leicester (romanleicester.com).
In 2020-2021, we will expand our network of schools across the East Midlands. One priority will be work with Northamptonshire County Council at the Chester Farm Heritage Park (the site of a small Roman town) to engage local teachers and pupils with their Roman heritage. We will also continue to work with the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS), Leicester City Council and the Friends of the Jewry Wall on events and resources investigating the rich heritage of the most excavated Roman city outside London.
If you are interested in developing the teaching of classical subjects in your school, please get in touch. All of the support we offer is free.
The University of Leicester Network is generously supported by Mr Dimitri Chandris.
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.
Lidia Kuhivchak, Head of Classics at Beauchamp College in Leicester, talks about where her passion for classics came from, why pupils love learning classics because of the language skills it gives them, and why she's not even halfway finished with building her state school classics empire!