Postgate and Walbank Ancient History Teachers' Courses

About the courses

Supported by the J.P. Postgate fund at the University of Liverpool, these courses for teachers are designed to aid the expansion of ancient history as a school subject.

Whom we support

Courses are designed to support the following teacher groups:

  • new or prospective teachers of ancient history at school level
  • existing teachers of ancient history in schools to support and develop their specialist subject knowledge
  • experienced Classics teachers
  • teachers of periods of history other than ancient and classical
  • teaching trainees


Courses require no prior knowledge of Ancient History and focus particularly on the GCSE and AS/A2 qualifications in Ancient History (OCR).

However, sessions also cover the range of ancient historical topics contained within the (AQA) specifications for GCSE and AS/A2 Classical Civilisation.


Each course runs for two days and the majority of the course focuses on topics contained within the GCSE or AS/A2 curricula.

Sessions are delivered either by specialists from Liverpool University’s Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology or by staff from our partner departments from across the country.

Each session offers:

  • basic orientation
  • introduction to the resources available (sourcebooks, textbooks etc.)
  • a guide to the main issues in modern scholarship, with more detailed exploration of selected themes
  • an accompanying pack of print resources.

Courses also include workshops on teaching strategies and assessment which are delivered by experienced teachers.


We await confirmation if these courses will be included in our outreach programme for 2015.  If you have any queries, please contact us at