About

The Maximum Classics team

Charlie Andrew, Author, Trainer & Director of Maximum Classics CIC (more details)

A graduate of UCL’s Department of Greek & Latin, Charlie Andrew has worked as Training and Resources Manager at Classics For All, and has also taught Latin and Classics across London state primary and secondary schools. Before going into teaching, Charlie worked in the publishing and digital content industries, and uses this experience to develop and promote Classics-related classroom materials such as Maximum Classics, Mega Greek and Basil Batrakhos. She takes a special interest in helping primary school children access Classics and develop a life-long love of the subject.

Dr. Charlotte Spence, Trainer and Consultant (more details)

Dr Charlotte Spence is a researcher who focuses on inscribed curse tablets from the ancient world. These are small handwritten inscriptions, usually on pieces of lead, through which help is sought from the gods and the restless dead for all manner of ends! Charlotte’s current research is focused on the North African curse tablets, mapping patterns and links in tablets across the ancient world, and, tentatively, how AI can be used to improve our reading of these fragmentary texts as well as their dating. 

Jasmine Elmer, Consultant (more details)

Having spent over 20 years in the field of classical education, Jasmine now uses her wealth of experience in bringing the study of the ancient world to life for the general public. She hosts the Legit Classics podcast and has contributed to various TV shows on the ancient world. Jasmine does not label herself a traditional “Classicist”, but instead an advocate for the wider study of ancient culture.

Stephany Ungless, Designer & Sub-Editor (more details)

Stephany obtained a degree in Classics from Trinity College, Cambridge, and has occasionally taught both Latin and Greek at primary and secondary level. After spending seven years in editorial at Penguin Books, she retrained in typographic design at the University of the Arts London. Now happily working as a graphic designer, she enjoys seeing how many of these elements she can combine in one project.

The story of Maximum Classics

2011-2016: In the beginning (more…)

 👩🏻‍🏫 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.

✍🏽 2016Classics For All gives a grant to make twelve lessons of my Latin teaching materials accessible online, and to train teachers from three trial primary schools to use them. Feedback from this pilot is very positive. The project also receives a 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.

2017-2019: Building on success (more…)

🙋🏽‍♀️🙋🏾‍♂️ 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!

2020-2022: Growing across the UK (more…)

⛅️ 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: Version 2.0 of the 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.

2023 and beyond: Going global (more…)

🇪🇺🇦🇺🇺🇸 2023: Work starts on version 3.0 of the materials, including training videos and differentiated student worksheets. Schools outside the UK are starting to discover and use Maximum Classics and Word Roots, which has now grown to need its own dedicated website, word-roots.com.

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’Maximum Classics’® is a registered Trade Mark (no: UK00003472018)

Maximum Classics CIC is a community interest company, registered company number 13424555

The Maximum Classics and Mega Greek course materials are licenced to Classics For All for use in the UK state schools sector.

All materials copyright Charlie Andrew 2016-2023