Classics for All supports the teaching of classics in state schools across the UK to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to engage with the ancient world. In response to a rising demand, we wish to enhance our support for primary schools interested in teaching an ancient language.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1135379)
Pupils who study classics benefit from improved literacy, as well as enhanced cultural insight and awareness, yet state-educated pupils are too often denied these advantages. Classical subjects are taught in only 25% of state schools, compared with 75% of independent schools. Barriers to uptake include a shortage of training for non-specialist teachers, a crowded curriculum, and the enduring myth that the study of ancient cultures and dead languages holds no relevance in the 21st century.
Classics for All is the only charity to offer flexible, comprehensive support to state schools interested in teaching classics. We train non-specialist teachers to introduce or extend classics in their schools, and provide long-term mentoring, advice, and top-up training through our 17 regional networks to ensure classics is embedded on the curriculum. Over 40% of the schools we support have above average numbers of pupils eligible for Free Schools Meals and Pupil Premium funding.
Many of our children do not speak English as their first language, however Latin has levelled the playing field for them. The focus on spelling, grammar and etymology has enabled these pupils to apply their understanding of their own mother tongue in a way that is not possible in other subjects.
Studying ancient literature, particularly Homer, made me realise I wanted to study classics at university. Coming to university has shown how incredible it is that I have had the opportunity to study Greek at a state school.
The ancient world survives as a mirror to our lives, a Rosetta Stone through which to understand the modern day. Through the study of classics, we learn to empathise with those who lived two thousand years ago. This is crucial if we're going to understand our neighbours and our community.
Support from Classics for All has given us the opportunity to be brave and bold, to do something different with our pupils. This will enable them to gain cultural capital and open doors that may have been previously closed to them.
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