Manchester Classics for All began as a pipe-dream and a series of informal discussions between colleagues at the department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Manchester and the Manchester branch of the Classical Association. Over a year on, thanks to the kind support of the charity Classics for All, the project is running Latin classes and clubs in 10 schools across the North West, with many more expressing interest in being involved.
The benefits to learning classical languages and getting exposed to the culture and literature of Greece and Rome are immense, yet not everyone is lucky enough to have access to Classics and Latin in school. First and foremost, we believe Classics and Latin is and should be fun at whatever level it is learnt. Manchester Classics for All aims to get Classics and Latin into schools where there is currently no provision, at primary or secondary level, be it in the form of formal classes, after school clubs or enrichment events.
Since June 2015 we have been recruiting schools and tutors on to the scheme. Manchester Classics for All is not just about getting Latin and Classics into schools with no access: we are also keen to foster tutor development with the ultimate aim of establishing a PGCE in Classics in the North of England.
If you are interested in getting involved, either as a tutor or your school, then please do get in touch. We run regular training events throughout the year and have lots of different options for interested tutors. In the meantime, keep following the blog for new updates and developments with Manchester Classics for All.
We hope you will join us on this exciting journey.