Latin and Greek language training: A free 1.5 day course for secondary teachers


Latin and Greek language training

A free 1.5 day course for secondary teachers

2.00 – 5.00pm on Friday 20th October
9.00am – 5.00pm on Saturday 21st October

Hosted by Harrow School

Classics for All, a national charity which works to widen access to classical subjects, is delighted to be working in partnership with Harrow School to support the teaching and learning of Classics.

By offering funding and support, Classics for All helps UK state primary and secondary schools to introduce or develop the teaching of classical subjects (Latin, Ancient Greek, Classical Civilisation and Ancient History) using flexible and innovative curricular or extra-curricular models.

As a result of our Harrow partnership, we are able to offer secondary teachers the opportunity to benefit from free language training in Latin or Greek. This new CPD course will run at the start of the October 2017 half-term and there will be separate groups for Greek (beginners) and Latin (beginners and intermediate).

The training course is open to all teachers in state secondary schools in England or Wales. Whether you are interested in introducing Latin or Ancient Greek into your school for the first time, or whether you would like to consolidate your own linguistic understanding to support what you currently teach, we hope that this course will prove invaluable.


Course content

We will provide tuition for both Greek and Latin, subject to demand.

We anticipate that the Greek class will be aimed at those who are new to teaching Greek. Prior knowledge of the alphabet will be expected but the course will focus on the basic elements of grammar. The main course text used will be John Taylor’s Greek to GCSE Part 1.

Two groups will be offered for Latin. The beginners’ group will be open to those who are new to Latin and will roughly cover the content of the Cambridge Latin Course Book 1. The intermediate group will be aimed at those who already have a basic knowledge of the Latin grammar covered in Book 1 of the Cambridge Latin Course. The course will focus on new grammar points introduced in Books 2-3 and there may also be time to discuss approaches to studying literature set texts at GCSE.

Having said this, we are keen to ensure that these courses are as beneficial as possible to those who attend and therefore we will tailor the exact structure and content of each class in response to need. The details above are just intended as a guide so we would appreciate it if you could provide us with as much detail as possible about your own training needs when filling in the online survey:

The sessions will be led by a subject specialist from Harrow School and by experienced trainers from Classics for All. Group sizes will be kept small to allow for maximum progress.


Practical details

Day 1: Friday 20th October

  • Small group language tuition from 2-5pm
  • Dinner (optional, for those staying in the area)

Day 2: Saturday 21st October

  • Small group language tuition from 9am – 5pm
  • Lunch and refreshments provided

Harrow School can provide accommodation on Friday night for a small number of teachers who may need to travel to the course from outside London. This accommodation will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so do get in touch ASAP if you would like to reserve a room.

If you are coming by car, parking is available on site on Garlands Lane (HA1 3GF). The nearest London Underground and mainline train station is Harrow on the Hill (Metropolitan and Chiltern lines). From the station, it is a 10 minute walk uphill to the school. Full details and a map of the school site can be found here:

Lunch and refreshments will be provided on Saturday 21st October. There will also be the option to stay for dinner on Friday 20th October. This course is free to attend. However, Classics for All will not be able to cover travel costs. We hope that teachers will be able to claim back any expenses from school but please do let us know if this is going to cause any difficulties.


What next?

To register your interest for this free CPD course, please sign up online at or email even if you would just like to know a little more at this stage.