Classics for schools

Classics for Schools

Classics at Leeds is pleased to support a number of projects working with schools locally and regionally to encourage the study of Classics among young people. We work with schools who already teach Classics, or those who would like to introduce Classics to their students as a new subject. Our activities focus on the value and relevance of Classics today, and the ways in which the skills developed when studying Classics at any level are transferable to other subject areas. We hope that this focus encourages the young people we work with to consider Classics as an option for study at school and at university. We are pleased to be able to offer our activities for schools free of charge. 

Our Leeds Loves Classics project sees undergraduate Classics students visit schools to speak to Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 students about the value and relevance of studying Classics at university. These participatory talks look at how Classics plays a part in our contemporary society, what students of Classics study at university, and the jobs some of our Classics graduates have progressed to.

Facets of Classics is a suite of academic workshops for students in Key Stage 5, who do not already study Classics. The workshops aim to draw clear connections between Classics and other humanities subjects students may already study, such as languages, English Literature, History and Philosophy. See a more detailed description of the workshops, and hear from the project founder, Maria Haley here.

Our annual Classics Reading Competition takes place in early March each year. The competition is supported by the Classical Association, and sees young people from schools across the region coming together for a celebratory evening of Classics. Students from across the secondary age range compete by reading aloud a pre-set text in Greek, Latin or in translation, and then receive valuable feedback and commendations from our Classics academic staff. The best performances are awarded prizes.

From May 2017, we are pleased to partner with the AHRC-funded project Advocating Classics Education. The project aims to work with schools and universities across the country to extend classical-subject qualifications across the secondary sector. You can find out more about the project by joining its Facebook group or following on Twitter. More details of the University of Leeds’ involvement in the project, including regional events, will be added to this page in due course.

We are pleased to be working with Classics for All, undertaking research to help us better understand the landscape of Classics teaching in state schools in Leeds and Bradford. If you are a Classics teacher who we haven’t been in contact with before, please do get in touch – we’d love to know how Classics plays a part in your school’s curriculum.

If you are interested in knowing more about any of the above, organising a visit to your school in relation to Leeds Loves Classics or Facets of Classics, or would like to make yourself known to us as a Classics teacher in our region (or further afield) please contact Esther Harper at e.r.harper@leeds.ac.uk.

We are always open to new ideas and scope, so if you have an idea of how we may be able to work with your students, or if your school is a bit further away but you think we can help, we would be really pleased to hear from you.

If you are looking for information on our Classics degree programmes or Open Days, please see here.

To stay up-to-date with the activities of our students and staff in Classics at Leeds, you can follow us on Twitter: @LeedsClassics.

Details of schools activities relating to other subject areas can be found by visiting our general teachers’ pages.