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Classical Association Teaching Board

The Classical Association Teaching Board (CATB) was established in 2015. It supports teachers of classical subjects and ancient history at all levels; it offers INSET days, supporting materials and other CPD. The CATB works closely with examination boards and other subject associations.

The CATB builds on the work of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers (JACT) which was founded in 1963 and merged with the Classical Association in 2015. JACT's accomplishments and history are celebrated in a special edition of the Omnibus journal, which can be downloaded here.

Journal of Classics Teaching

The Journal of Classics Teaching stands in a long line of previous journals, reviews, newsletters and bulletins which have investigated, reported and evaluated the teaching of classical subjects in schools and universities in the UK and abroad.  JCT has its origins in Latin Teaching, the journal of the Association for the Reform of Latin Teaching (now Association for Latin Teaching), developing from there through Didaskalos, the journal of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers, and Hesperiam, The JACT Review and The JACT Bulletin. JCT aims to describe events and practices in classics teaching which are much more than just of interest to teachers in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. We intend to make it a journal which is influential through the discussion and dissemination of successful pedagogical approaches, and in which arguments are grounded in hard data and observed phenomena in and out of the classics classroom. We invite contributors from abroad as well as from the UK, as we believe that the best ideas about the teaching of classical subjects flourish as a result of the cross-fertilisation of experience from different educational programmes across the world. We look for pieces which reflect the experiences of teachers at all levels. Finally, we will continue to report on significant events in the world of classics teaching: JCT will still be the teachers’  ‘parish noticeboard’ and reviews of books and other resources, including ICT and film, which can be used in the classroom, will continue to appear.

By going online, JCT will be able to include hyperlinks to other sites, including those of individual authors’, will include images in full colour, and will have the capacity embed video and other media. This exciting development will mean that authors may easily provide links to demonstrate activities or show documentation as part of an article. You can access JCT online here, and also sign up to receive content updates via CJO.

The Association for Latin Teaching has kindly agreed to host pdfs of past issues on its website (a work currently under progress). There is also a limited backstock of hard copy issues as published by JACT available to purchase via the shop.

 


Omnibus

For the last 35 years Omnibus has offered teachers in schools a wealth of cutting-edge scholarship to support their teaching across the whole suite of classical A levels – Classical Civilization, Latin, Greek, and Ancient History. Academics from across, and indeed beyond, the UK present new questions, new ways of reading, new discoveries and new insights in short and heavily-illustrated articles whose accessibility is guaranteed by the careful editing of an experienced editorial board. Not only does each new issue bring a wealth of ideas about the material with which Classics teachers are engaged on a daily basis, but the Omnibus archive provides a storehouse of texts that shed light on the full range of classical archaeology, history, philosophy and literature. 


Written to be put into the hands of sixth-form pupils, as well as for the delight of teachers, Omnibus  also offers direct incentives to students to engage with and write about classical texts and subjects, with annual essay and translation competitions. 

Individual issues are available to order via the shop. You can find the contents list of the latest issue here.

You can now browse past issues of Omnibus online, and also search for the specific articles via the catalogue. For further help using the Omnibus Archive, see our handy guide.

 


INSET

Please see here for details of upcoming INSET days.

 


ArLT

Teachers of Classics will find a wealth of information hosted by the ArLT. These items have been developed by the various subcommittees of the Classical Association Teaching Board (formerly the Joint Association of Classical Teachers) for the use of teachers in schools. We accept no responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained within these resources which are presented as a guide only. Users will need to register on the ArLT website to access these resources.

 


BSA Teachers Course

An intensive course each year for school teachers of Greek civilisation which explores Ancient Greek history and archaeology through site tours and lectures. For futher details, please see here.

Examining exams...

To inform GCSE and A Level students about the basics of examining, OCR have produced a new set of factsheets which cover some of the key stages involved in examining academic qualifications. Written in jargon-free language, a glossary is also available which provides simple definitions of what can be mystifying exam board terminology. You can download them here:

1. Cambridge Approach

2. Creating a Question Paper

3. Marking

4. Your Results

5. Timeline

6. Glossary


Funding

The Classical Association regularly supports schools projects and outreach activities. Please see our grants page for details.


Teachers! Get in touch!

The CA has a special board of advisors specifically charged with matters of concern to Classics teaching in the UK. If you would like to make the Teaching Board aware of an issue, please contact the Office.


Getting started

If you're looking for ways to introduce Classics to your school, why not have a look at this helpful advice from Classics For All.

If you're looking for ways to become a Classics teacher, you'll find plenty of useful advice here.