The second East End Classics Summer School at Wadham College, University of Oxford, took place on Monday 25th – Friday 29th August 2014. Over 40 students from across London applied to attend the Summer School – 23 students were selected from BSix Sixth Form College, Newham New Vic Sixth Form College, Havering Sixth Form College, Leyton Sixth Form College, Greig City Academy, Mossbourne Community Academy and Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form and attended the summer school at Wadham College.
BSix is the site of the East End Classics Centre. Located in the Red Room with its own Library and Garden of the Ancient World, the aim of the Centre -supported by a range of partners like universities, Classics for All and the Iris Project-is to promote the study of Classics among teachers and young people in the East End of London. The Centre is led by Dr Crystal Addey who has taught at the Universities of Bristol and Wales and is the author of a forthcoming book on Platonism.
On Monday 31st March 2014, the East End Classics Centre (under the aegis of the Capital Classics Project) held a parallel teacher training and student study day on Homer’s Odyssey, hosted by and organised together with the Department of Greek and Latin, UCL (an official partner in the Capital Classics Project). The day was particularly aimed at students studying Homer’s Odyssey for AS-level Classical Civilisation, but was open to all students interested in Homer’s Odyssey and epic in the ancient world. Over 40 students from BSix Sixth Form College, Fortismere School and Mossbourne Community Academy attended the day at UCL.
The education charity, Classics for All, has been awarded £250,000 by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s London Schools Excellence Fund to lead a partnership which will train 70 teachers to work in London schools, teaching Latin and other classical subjects.
The partnership, Capital Classics, includes the Classics Centre, BSix College in Hackney, The Iris Project and Nower Hill High School in North Harrow, Middlesex.
Supporting Classics for All in this project will be: Birkbeck College, University of London; University of Liverpool; Oxford University (the Faculty of Classics and Wadham College); University College London.
Two coordinators will plan and run activities from hubs in east and north London (BSix College and Nower Hill High School) supported by specialist CPD and enrichment activities led by the Iris Project and HEIs. The hubs will also establish and co-ordinate local teachers’ networks. read more…