👩🏻🏫 2011-2015: Working as a Latin and Classics teacher in state schools and community groups across London, I develop tailored material that is both accessible and useful to all students.
✍🏻 2016: Classics For All gives a grant to make twelve lessons of my teaching materials accessible, and to train teachers from three trial primary schools. Feedback from this pilot is very positive.
The project also receives one-year grant from The Shine Trust to grow the course to 33 lessons’ worth of material and to train more state primary schools. I teach and refine these lessons over the course of a year, publishing as I go.
🙋🏻♀️🙋🏽 2017: The Shine Trust gives another grant to the project to engage a second trainer and bring more London-based schools on board. This grant also includes training from The Young Foundation on setting up an education sector business.
Classics For All makes two more grants: to roll out the Maximum Classics course to ten more UK state primary schools; and to create a term-long Ancient Greek course for KS2 (Mega Greek).
🌱 2018: After noticing the usefulness of Latin/Greek etymology to English vocabulary, I start to develop the Word Roots resources. More schools start to use Maximum Classics, some as their sole MFL provision.
🗂 2019: I join Classics for All as part-time Training Manager to help recruit and co-ordinate trainers. I do a lot of training, too!
🌤 2020: Due to demand from schools for a Latin course that can be taught as the sole MFL across the whole of KS2, I use lockdown weekends to focus on expanding the course. A second lockdown in 2021 kindly gives me even more time at home to do this. Not to be beaten by the pandemic, most MC training goes online and the volume of schools training increases dramatically.
🤞🏻🚀 2022: The full four-year Maximum Classics course is now online. Over 300 UK state schools have now used or are using the course. Ofsted praises the course after the inspection of a West Midlands partner school. I decide to take a leap of faith, leaving my salaried job to spend more time on developing the MC site and resources.
👀 Watch this space!
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