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'The Case for Classics' at The Roman Baths

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Jo Carrington introduces Classics at Clevedon Robin Hammond

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Arlene Holmes-Henderson

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Robin Hammond

31 January 2018

On Monday 29th January, the Bristol Classics Hub hosted a ‘Case for Classics’ event at The Roman Baths, in collaboration with the ‘Advocating Classics Education’ project (ACE Classics), led by Professor Edith Hall and Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson from King’s College, London.

This AHRC-funded 'ACE' project aims specifically to extend classical subject qualifications across the secondary sector nationwide and the hub is one of the project’s key regional partners in the South West.

After a brief introduction to the Bristol Classics Hub from Hannah Walsh, Professor Edith Hall made a powerful case for widening access to Classical Civilisation and Ancient History in state schools. Rob Flitter from Orchard School Bristol and Jo Carrington from Clevedon School then gave inspiring presentations about how they have introduced Classics into their own schools.

Following the formal presentations, Lindsey Braidley, Learning and Programmes Co-ordinator for Heritage Services at Bath & North East Somerset Council, treated everyone to an exclusive after-dark tour of the Roman Baths.

It was fantastic to meet so many teachers from across the South West at this event and to discuss different ways of introducing Classics onto the secondary curriculum.

Many thanks to Lindsey Braidley at The Roman Baths for inviting us to hold our event at such a wonderful venue. For further information about the comprehensive learning programme offered by the Roman Baths, please click here.

Further information

With sufficient support, it is possible for any enthusiastic teacher, of any subject, to teach classical subjects effectively at secondary level. Thanks to the national charity Classics for All, there is now funding available to provide free training and comprehensive support to any school wishing to introduce these subjects on a curricular or extra-curricular basis.

If you would like to find out more about what was discussed at this event, or if you would like advice about introducing or developing Classics in your own school, please do not hesitate to contact Hannah Walsh at the Bristol Classics Hub: h.walsh@bristol.ac.uk.

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