Classics For All

Increasing access to classics

Classics for All is a small national charity founded in 2009 to reverse the decline in classics teaching in UK state schools. In response to continuing demand, we wish to develop our impact in areas of socio-economic deprivation and to promote more inclusive approaches to teaching classics.


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1135379)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther


United Kingdom

  • Thanks to the enthusiasm of local teachers we are reaching areas in which socio-economic deprivation can limit the life chances of young people. Their engagement shows that classics can be for all and I sincerely believe that the discipline will be all the richer for their contribution.

    — Dr Polly Stoker, Coordinator for Birmingham and West Midlands Classics Network

  • We find it particularly difficult to engage boys in literacy, however you provided them with a brilliant role model and as a result they are hooked – we even have some of the ‘hard to reach’ boys saving up their pocket money and spending it on abridged versions of the Odyssey!

    — Primary school teacher, North East Classics Network

  • I am a great admirer of the work of Classics for All, not least the fact that you are changing the lives of so many young people across the country. One thing is certain, you can be assured of my continued support in the decade ahead.

    — Tony Whelan, former professional footballer

  • I love the variety of subjects that you get to study within classics: history, anthropology, literature… It’s such a timeless subject with relevance to modern-day life.

    — Pupil at Stoke Newington College, London.

  • Latin has taught me a lot about different cultures and history. It has been interesting to link English words with their Latin roots and this has improved my English and also my Spanish.

    — Pupil at Chew Valley School, Bristol


For too long learning about the ancient world has been largely accessible to those with socio-economic privilege. In 2010, classical subjects were taught in only 25% of UK state schools compared with 75% of independent schools, with access to classics being particularly limited for pupils living in areas of socio-economic deprivation. Barriers to access include a shortage of qualified teachers, a crowded curriculum and the enduring myth that the study of classics is only for a privileged few.


Classics for All gives pupils of all backgrounds the opportunity to engage with the classical world and to interrogate its legacy today. Since 2010, CfA has trained over 2,500 non-specialist teachers introducing classics to over 50,000 pupils in 900 primary and secondary schools. Over 40% of schools supported have high numbers of pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and Pupil Premium funding. Our 16 regional networks offer schools support to ensure that classics teaching is sustained.