Classics For All

Raising Aspiration through Classics

Classics for All is a small national charity founded in 2009 to reverse the decline in classics teaching in state schools across the UK. In response to continuing demand, we seek funding to increase our footprint in areas of socio-economic deprivation.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1135379)

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Championed by National Lottery Heritage Fund

  • ‘Doing classics was an amazing opportunity for me. Now I’m now going on to Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge to study archaeology and egyptology.’

    — Blackpool Sixth Form College pupil

  • I have never studied classics. I now feel that it is much more achievable, and I am brimming with ideas and thoughts about how I can bring classics to our school.

    — Daniel Taylor, Teacher at Temple Hill Primary Academy, Dartford


The status of classics in state schools is particularly fragile: in 2010, classical subjects were taught in only a quarter of UK state schools compared with 75% of independent schools. Restoring classics to state schools is a challenge. Barriers include a shortage of qualified teachers, a crowded and competitive curriculum and the enduring myth that the study of classics is only for a privileged few. Classics is particularly scarce in schools in areas of socio-economic deprivation.


Classics for All aims to enrich the lives and raise aspirations of young people through the study of classics and to train non-specialist teachers to engage with the classical world. Since 2010, over 800 schools in England, Scotland and Wales have introduced/developed classical subjects with our support, inspiring over 45,000 pupils to explore the ancient world. Over 50% of schools we support have above national average numbers of pupils eligible for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium funding.