How to get started
A number of charities offer financial assistance to help schools start teaching Classical Civilisation and Ancient History.
Classics for All
A national charity for Classics in schools, Classics for All give grants to state schools so that their students can benefit from the introduction of Latin and other classical subjects.
TO APPLY: Application period is open between mid-September and mid-January, grant decisions are made mid-February.
The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies
The Hellenic Society Council considers applications from institutions and Schools for small grants to assist projects and events in the field of Hellenic Studies.Typical projects for schools include the development of new courses in Greek, books, and other teaching materials, Classics days or conferences, Greek plays by schools and summer schools. Grants are usually in the range of £100-£500, but larger amounts are sometimes awarded.
TO APPLY: Download the application from the website.
The Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
The Society’s Schools Committee makes grants to schools to help promote the teaching of Latin and Roman studies.Grants usually range from £50 to £500. Most of the grants are awarded for the purchase of textbooks and other books and resources for Roman studies. It also makes awards to schools and museums organising lectures or study days on Roman themes, especially if they benefit large numbers of children throughout the year. The Committee does not offer grants to support one-off school trips or events. Applications from schools planning to start courses in Latin are particularly welcome. The Society does not give grants for the Minimus books as schools may apply direct to the Minimus Project.
TO APPLY: Applications should be sent to The Secretary, Roman Society,Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.
Applications should arrive by the 1st February, 1st July or 1st November in any year. There is no special application form, but applicants should provide information about the level of their departmental budget, the type of courses taught, and in the case of applications for books, a list of the books wanted with their prices.
The Classical Association
The CA has traditionally supported Greek and Latin reading competitions, regional Greek/Roman days and school conferences. In addition it now supports a wider range of outreach events if they tend towards the promotion of public awareness of the importance of Classics and/or support Classics in schools. Activities might include: public talks or small interactive sessions on the Classical World (either one-off or a series); reading and discussion groups; theatrical performances; costs to support schools who would otherwise find it difficult financially to attend a Classical exhibition or event off-site.
The CA may agree to fund travel expenses and associated costs for speakers and/or organisers (but not, normally, professional fees). Such associated costs may include room hire, hire or purchase of materials and advertising, but not catering costs.
TO APPLY: Download an application form from the website.
The British School at Athens Teachers’ course
The British School at Athens organises a four-day intensive course every second year for school teachers of Greek civilisation which explores Ancient Greek history and archaeology through site tours and lectures. The course covers a number of key subjects in the A level Classical Civilisation & Ancient History syllabus.
Specifically, the course focuses on the Persian Wars, Athenian Democracy, Imperialism, Greek Architecture and Sculpture, and includes visits to the Acropolis, the Kerameikos, Sounion, Delphi, the Piraeus, and the National, Acropolis and Piraeus Museums.
The course fee (£600 shared; £700 single) includes hotel accommodation, travel between sites, some group meals, and a resource pack with plans and study materials. Participants must organise their own flights to Athens. A number of travel bursaries are available thanks to the generosity of the Classical Association.
The next course is scheduled for July 2018. All relevant information (advert, itinerary, application form) will be available on the website in December 2017, when the call for applications will open.