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Londinium Magnificum

Even a brief encounter with the ancient world fires the imagination of the young. Pupils who have access to classical subjects feel empowered with cultural knowledge and language skills. Classics for All (CfA) aims to support 120 new London primary and secondary schools to enjoy classical subjects.

December 2017 - December 2020

Charity information: Classics For All

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  • Need


    Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings – students already love the Ancient World. Classical mythology forms the bedrock of much modern art and literature, theatre, visual arts, film and pop culture.

    Yet 75% of state school pupils in London have no access to Classics at school, leading to great inequality in education.

    Classics for All will bridge this divide by inspiring schools to embed all things classical on and off the curriculum.


    We will introduce 2,000+ pupils to the Odyssey, Classical mythology, Roman cooking, philosophy, archaelogy, Latin and Greek. We will inspire pupils and equip 200 state school teachers to incorporate Classics in schools through flexible sessions of lively Continuing Professional Development related to the ancient world alongside talks and enrichment days for pupils.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Enable 60 London state primary and secondary to enjoy Classics through lectures and activities


    » Work with gallery curators and others to animate mythology and explore Roman culture in schools
    » Run workshops for teachers on Greek mythology
    » Hands on archaeology sessions exploring Roman London led by CfA and Museum of London
    » Offer inspiring talks and workshops for teachers and pupils led by leading classicists including Edith Hall, Mary Beard, Tom Holland and Michael Scott

    What success will look like

    60 schools, 200 teachers and over 1000 pupils exploring archaeology, history and mythology, thus enriching their educational opportunities

    Aim 2

    Set up a London University-led network to help 200 teachers maintain classics on the curriculum


    » Train 100 primary school teachers to run their own classics clubs or teach Latin or Greek at Key Stage 2
    » Train 100 secondary school teachers to run their own classics clubs or teach Latin or Greek at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5
    » Run teach meets where teachers can share resources and approaches to the classical world
    » Develop a bank of resources and peer mentors to support improved delivery of classics in schools.

    What success will look like

    200 primary and secondary teachers are able to teach classics themselves and share resources, strengthening their ability to continue teaching the subject year on year.

    Aim 3

    Reach 60 schools in new areas of London/SE, targeting those in areas of socio-economic deprivation


    » Identify target schools in underserved boroughs
    » Link new schools with CfA’s existing network

    What success will look like

    60 new schools signing up and having access to studying Classics, including 30 in areas of deprivation, expanding educational opportunities for the pupils.

    Aim 4

    Secure a legacy by offering longer term support and extending Classical access to schools in the SE


    » Grow the network by reaching new schools beyond London in Kent, Surrey and Essex, post the project (20 by 2021)
    » Run three CPD days and talks on topics of interest per year for teachers in London

    What success will look like

    20 schools from bordering Local Authorities (Kent, Essex and Surrey) sign up by 2021. All schools offering classical subjects attend ongoing CPD.

  • Impact


    It will:
    • Establish Classics teaching in 60 schools in London that have not taught Classics before;
    • Enhance the subject knowledge of 200 teachers in areas including Roman and Greek history, Latin and Greek;
    • Provide ongoing support to teachers through annual Continuing Professional Development free of charge;
    • Offer free online support and mentoring to at least 60 schools per year;
    • Develop new resources for schools on subjects including archaeology and Latin, to be used in perpetuity.


    Risks and mitigation
    • Current curriculum pressures may mean schools are reluctant to sign up: offer support for cover costs and a free innovative and attractive programme.
    • The impact of the work is not sustained in schools: we will offer ongoing mentoring support and monitoring to ensure a legacy.


    Donors to this project will receive emails with annual progress reports. Any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans will be included in the update to donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £80,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £32,400 Project Lead Responsible for school outreach and organising activities
      £22,500 CPD & Events Teacher CPD and activity
      £14,600 CPD & Events Events for teachers and pupils (subject enrichment)
      £6,000 Monitoring Project monitoring and evaluation
      £4,500 Overheads Office, finance, admin support
  • Background


    CfA is focusing on London/SE where we already have a strong base of schools, many with a higher than average percentage of free school meals, offering Classical subjects to pupils of all abilities.

    London has 1800 primary and 484 state secondary schools.

    With this project we will launch Classics in 60 new schools, prioritising those in underserved boroughs including Barking, Croydon and Harrow where there are high levels of socio-economic deprivation.


    At least 1000 pupils from London and SE primary and secondary schools

    ‘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.’ Sophia, pupil in a London sixth form college who studied Classics.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Classics for All successfully led a project funded with a £250k grant from the London Schools Excellence Fund from 2014-16, reaching 2000+ pupils and 200 teachers in 100 primary and secondary schools. We secured a follow-on legacy grant to embed the work during 2016-17.

    We are professional, flexible and responsive to schools’ needs, work with a number of respected and high profile delivery partners, and have the training capacity and expertise to deliver the work in an engaging way.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Hilary Hodgson, Programme Manager At CfA

    Former Director of Education at Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Hilary has an extensive education background and has run the CfA programme since 2011.

    Anna Bell

    Anna, former classics teacher at a London state school, will identify and recruit teachers, negotiate training and support and report on delivery.

    Aisha Khan-Evans

    Aisha is Lecturer in Classics Education at King's College, University of London; she is project adviser and will help CfA with London outreach.

    Steve Hunt

    Lecturer in Classics Education at the University of Cambridge and former state school teacher, Steve will lead on our CPD work with teachers.