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 will find plenty of useful information on Starting to Teach Latin (previously available via classicsteaching.com)

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:

Examiner Factsheet 1 – Cambridge Approach
Examiner Factsheet 1 - Cambridge Approach
Examiner Factsheet 2 Creating a question paper
Examiner Factsheet 2 Creating a question paper
Examiner Factsheet 3 Marking
Examiner Factsheet 3 Marking
Examiner Factsheet 4 Your results
Examiner Factsheet 4 Your results
Examiner Factsheet 5 Timeline
Examiner Factsheet 5 Timeline
Examiner Factsheet 6 Glossary
Examiner Factsheet 6 Glossary

Journal of Classics Teaching

The Journal of Classics Teaching is the premier Anglophone journal on the teaching of classical subjects in schools and universities across the world.

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 HesperiamThe 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. JCT aims to be 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.

The editor of JCT invites contributors from abroad as well as from the UK, believing 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. JCT looks for pieces which reflect the experiences of teachers at all levels. Finally, JCT continues to report on significant events in the world of classics teaching: JCT is still the teachers’ ‘parish noticeboard’ and reviews of books and other resources which can be used in the classroom, including ICT, TV, exhibitions and film, continue to appear.

Since 2015 JCT has become a fully online, open-access journal. JCT is able to include hyperlinks to other sites, including those of individual authors, as well as including images in full colour, and has the capacity to embed video and other media. This exciting development means 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 register with Cambridge Core to receive content alerts.

JCT also has an active Facebook profile where news of events and matters of interest to teachers of classics can be quickly disseminated. Simply search for the Journal of Classics Teaching and join.

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 (issues 1-78), and also search for the specific articles via the catalogue.

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

The British School at Athens runs an intensive course each year for school teachers of Greek civilisation which explores Ancient Greek history and archaeology through site tours and lectures.

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More resources

The CA has compiled a list of online teaching resources, categorised by subject and age group, which you can download here:

CATB online teaching resources 13 October 2020
CATB online teaching resources 13 October 2020