Cambridge School Classics Project 1966

Current Project Manager: Caroline Bristow

The Cambridge School Classics Project (CSCP) was set up under a joint initiative by the University of Cambridge Faculties of Classics and Education in response to a growing crisis in classics teaching. The Project’s aim is to help make the classical world accessible to as many students as possible - whatever their age or background – by:

·         forging strong links with teachers and learners

·         advancing the pedagogy of Classics teaching through research and development

·         creating high quality, innovative teaching materials based on research and development

·         exploiting new technologies to reach out to new audiences and create cutting-edge materials

Along with the Schools Council, Nuffield supported the work leading to the creation of the Cambridge Latin Course. This globally popular resource uses some of the same communicative teaching methods devised for modern languages.

Cambridge Latin Course book 1 Cambridgge Latin Course book 2 Cambridge Latin Course book 3
Enduring success

The Cambridge School Classics Project proudly describes itself on its website as the only Nuffield project from the 1960s still running under its original constitution. The longevity of the Nuffield impact rests on several factors, one of which is Nuffield’s willingness to sign over its royalties to CSCP as part of the University of Cambridge. That decision has been key to CSCP survival, as these royalty payments make up the vast majority of CSCP’s income; every penny of which is used to support teachers and students of Latin and Classics in the UK and around the world.

Current Work

The role of CSCP has expanded significantly since its inception. With the CLC now firmly established and in its fourth edition in the UK, CSCP has increased its support for Classics teachers by developing links with independent learners and by offering help to schools that do not have Classics teachers. There have been new publications: graded tests for the first 3 Books of the CLC; independent learning manuals and answer books; worksheet masters to help teachers cater for as wide an ability span as possible, audio CDs and cutting edge online e-learning resource that can be licenced to individuals or multi-user sites.

There have also been a number of new initiatives to support the teaching of Classics, including the provision of cross-curricular materials for primary and secondary schools (see for example Classic Tales) and provision of high quality teacher training.

Another major step forward has been the introduction of the CLC into many American schools, and the formation of a North American Cambridge Classics Project. This organisation provides support and in-service training for colleagues in Canada and the USA. In 2015 the fifth edition of the CLC was published in North America.