Cambridge School Classics Project 1966
Current director: Will Griffiths
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. Will Griffiths says: ‘There is little doubt in my mind that Nuffield funding was responsible for saving Latin teaching and learning in the UK’. Along with the Schools Council, Nuffield supported the work leading to the creation of the Cambridge Latin Course. This used some of the same communicative teaching methods devised for modern languages.
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. That decision has been key to CSCP survival, and therefore their ability to adapt and improve the Cambridge Latin course and to support teachers and students of Latin and Classics in the UK. They have no other form of income. Without those royalty payments, CSCP would not exist. And if CSCP died, much of the support for Latin teaching in the UK would die with it. However the nature of its work has changed considerably over the intervening forty years.
With the Cambridge Latin Course now firmly established and in its fourth edition, much of the CSCP work now focuses on providing support for classics teachers and on developing links with independent learners and schools with no classics teachers. A major grant from the DfES has been used to developed e-learning resources. The course is now used in over 90% of the 1000 plus secondary schools which offer Latin.