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Now we can teach Classics ad infinitum

Published on 27/03/17

Latin is all around us – verbatim, vice versa, status quo – and now children in north Bristol will be learning about the Classics and how they are relevant for modern life.

Orchard School Bristol, Filton Avenue Primary, Horfield CofE Primary and Bishop Road Primary have secured £9,000 funding from Classics for All, a charity set up to promote the teaching of Latin, Greek and classical civilisation in schools.

The money will be used to support staff training in Latin and classical civilisation across the three schools, giving them the chance to develop the subject in years to come.

There will also be work done on etymology with Trust in Learning academies in South Bristol.

Teachers believe the teaching of the Classics goes beyond knowledge of the language. Children learn about philosophy, culture, critical thinking and broader thinking, using the insights from the past to interpret events of today.

Kathleen McGillycuddy, deputy head teacher of Orchard School Bristol in Horfield, said: “We were thrilled to win this funding from Classics for All.

“It means whole new generations of children will benefit from learning about the Classics. This will take them into areas such as philosophy and critical thinking as well as helping them understand the connection between Latin and English, which will have a huge impact on levels of literacy.”

The money will pay for staff training as well as textbooks.

Classics For All raises funds to enable schools to study Latin, ancient history, classical civilisation and ancient Greek. They offer funding to both primary and secondary schools, often to launch classics for the first time.

Since its first grant awards in 2011, the charity has awarded a total of more than £450,000 in grants, reaching nearly 300 schools and benefiting more than 6,000 pupils.

In 2016 they aimed to give out £300,000 to schools and other classics hubs.