About the Project
The Liverpool Schools Classics Project is an ambitious project run by the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. The project is designed to offer lessons of Greek, Latin, Ancient History and Classical Civilisation to schools and has received generous start-up funding from Classics for All, a National Charity for Classics in Schools.
The following schools can benefit from the project:
- schools which otherwise could not teach Classical subjects
- schools which desire to enrich the Classical subjects they currently offer
- schools which wish to expand their extra-curricular activities.
The Project aims to promote the understanding of the Classical world and develop learning across and beyond the curriculum. A long-term aim of the project is for Classical subjects to become embedded within schools’ mainstream curricula and for schools to consider employing their own teachers, either independently or as part of a consortium.
The Project began in January 2012, and since then it has grown bigger and stronger. We are proud to count among our partners a number of excellent and highly committed schools such as:
- Bellerive FCJ Catholic College
- Broughton Hall High School
- Calderstones School
- Liverpool College
- North Liverpool Academy
- Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College
- Weatherhead High School
- Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy
- Prenton High School for Girls
- Thistley Hough Academy.
How the scheme works:
- Teaching is undertaken by experienced postgraduate students in our Department of Archaeology, Classics & Egyptology.
- All postgraduates have undergone specialist teacher training.
- We provide schools with between one and six hours of teaching per week, as required by the school.
- To assess demand, all schools initially receive a free taster session on the subjects in which they are interested.
- Schools then contribute £50 per hour towards the cost of tuition.
- At the end of the school year, participating pupils and their teachers are invited to an end-of-year event at the University of Liverpool to celebrate their achievement, participate in a range of fun activities, visit the Garstang Museum, and meet other scheme participants.
Philosophy and methods
- We believe in giving students an all-round idea of classical culture.
- We are committed to making teaching and learning fun, interesting and rewarding.
- We use mixed teaching methods that incorporate technology and interactive elements.
- We are committed to high quality teaching and make sure that our teachers are provided with continuous professional development, including regular training sessions and lesson observation.
- We believe that the study of Classics can broaden the students’ horizons, enhance school experience, and make better students as well as better individuals.
- We like to see happy students - students’ responses to the project so far have been extremely enthusiastic!
- Learn more on our 'what we offer' page and visit our image galleries of previous events.
Please direct any expressions of interest or queries to the Project Co-ordinator, Dr Vasiliki Zali: V.Zali@liverpool.ac.uk.
If you would like to learn more about the project, we would be happy to arrange a meeting with you or visit your school and deliver a presentation.