In 2017-20, supported by a Warwick Widening Participation Development Fund and Warwick Impact Fund grant, I am leading a new widening participation and outreach initiative called the Warwick Classics Network.

The Network builds on pre-existing hubs involving Warwick Classics, private and state schools in the local region to share resources and support the provision of teaching in ancient languages, Classical Civilisation and Ancient History in schools across Coventry, Warwickshire and beyond.

Going forward, the Network will work with national charities Classics for All and Advocating Classics Education, to support the teaching particularly of Classical Civilisation and Ancient History in private and state schools, as well as encourage and mentor teachers in schools keen to introduce these subjects at GCSE and A-level. We will be doing this through the provision of free events at the University (like our annual Drama Festival and our curriculum focused study daysas well as through visits to schools, supporting schools in their bids for teacher training funding, and the provision of a series of curriculum related online teaching resources.

For more information on this project, and to get involved, please contact me or the Warwick Classics Network Research Fellow, Paul Grigsby (p.r.grigsby@warwick.ac.uk)