Classical Association Teaching Awards 2020-2021

This year sees the launch of our first ever round of the annual Classical Association Teaching Awards, designed to recognise outstanding teaching and innovative pre-university education initiatives. Up to five prizes of £500 each will be awarded annually to individuals or projects which have a significant and positive impact on the teaching of Classics in the UK.

After sending out a call for nominations in January of this year, we were delighted to receive a total of 75 nominations for 45 individuals or teams, which paid tribute to the energy, enthusiasm and dedication of those involved in Classics education up and down the country. The inspirational stories shared made the job of the shortlisting panel incredibly difficult and are a real testament to the vitality and generosity of the Classics teaching community.

We are delighted to announce that our first five winners are:

  • Award for Making Classics More Inclusive: Andrew Christie of Streatham and Clapham High School

“Andrew is an innovator for inclusion in Classics education and thoroughly deserves this reward. Instead of talking, he acts.”

  • Award for Outstanding State Sector Initiative: Francesca Grilli of Runshaw College

“Francesca has created an incredible suite of resources for OCR Classical Civilisation GCSE, which she has made available to everyone via the Warwick Classics Network (WCN) resource site.”

“Stephen is clearly a dedicated classicist and the messages that he posts are always encouraging of individuals and validating of the subject.”

  • Award for Outstanding New Teacher:  Lawrence McNally of Impington Village College

“Lawrence radiates the generous spirit of the Classics teaching community and deserves to be recognised for his significant achievements – all within his first year of teaching!”

  • Award for Promoting the Study of Classics in Schools/FE: Gemma Williams of Allerton Grange School

“Gemma is the living, breathing embodiment of a teacher who is working tirelessly every day to make Classics more inclusive.”

To find out more about the work of our prize winners, you can read the full citations here.

You are warmly invited to join us for the awards ceremony, which will take place online from 2.45pm to 3.30pm on Wednesday 7th April as part of the CA annual conference. We are excited to announce that the awards will be presented by the writer, broadcaster, classicist and comedian Natalie Haynes.

Our warmest congratulations to our most deserving winners and our heartfelt thanks on behalf of the Classical Association Teaching Board and the wider Classics community for the incredible work you do to promote and support the teaching of Classics. Thanks, too, to all those who took the time to submit a nomination; if your nominee missed out this year, please do consider nominating them in next year’s round. A final word of thanks to all those out there working tirelessly to champion the subject and support students, especially under the current circumstances: your work is seen and valued beyond measure.