Arlene Holmes-Henderson

After studying Classics at Oxford, Harvard and Cambridge, Arlene qualified as a teacher. She taught for more than a decade in a range of schools in the UK and internationally, leading departments and assuming school-wide responsibilities. She holds a doctorate in Classics education and is a specialist in educational research, policy and practice.

Arlene works with Professor Edith Hall on the ‘Advocating Classics Education’ project. Together, they aim to (1) research the role of Classical Civilisation and Ancient History in UK curricula and, (2) raise the profile and status of these subjects as viable options for study in UK schools.

In addition to her role at King’s College London, Arlene is a member of the Classics Faculty in Oxford where she leads the Classics in Communities project which seeks to understand what impact the learning of Latin has on children’s cognitive development.

Arlene has been the recipient of numerous prestigious international awards including a Fulbright scholarship, an Erskine Fellowship, a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship and she received a ‘Teaching Star’ award from the Institute of International Education in New York. She collaborates with international colleagues on a number of education projects in Europe, the USA and Australia.

Arlene has an extensive list of publications in the areas of pedagogy, curriculum policy and international education. She regularly provides training for teachers in the UK and around the world.