The British School at Athens organises a four-day intensive course every second year for school teachers of Greek civilisation in the UK and Ireland which explores Ancient Greek history and archaeology through site tours and lectures. The course covers a number of key subjects in the new GCSE and A level in Ancient History and Classical Civilisation syllabus.
Participants will follow a four-day programme combining tours of key sites, classes on interpreting and teaching material culture, group sessions on sharing and creating teaching resources, and workshops for writing lesson plans. The course is tailored closely to the current OCR and SQA syllabus, but will also be of interest to those who are unfamiliar with these particular exam specifications. By the end of the course, participants will have an excellent first-hand knowledge of the topography of Athens, and will have developed their own set of resources immediately ready for use in the classroom.
All participants will receive a museum pass, granting free access for one year to all public archaeological sites and museums in Greece. There will be a couple of hours of free-time built into the programme each day so that participants can explore Athens at their leisure, and we are happy to arrange (at an additional cost) extra days of accommodation in the BSA hostel before the start or after the end of the course. Throughout their stay participants will be full members of the BSA and will have full access to all School facilities, including the library.
The course fee of €400 includes half-board accommodation for four nights in the BSA hostel, travel between sites, entrance charges to sites and museums, a number of group dinners and lunches, and a resource pack with plans and study materials. Furthermore, the BSA is delighted to administer a number of bursaries of up to €200 (in certain circumstances, larger awards may be made). Travel to and from Greece is the responsibility of the course participants.
There are up to 12 places offered each year to school teachers, and preference is given to those in UK-based schools. The next course will take place 3rd-7th April 2020. Please find below the course advert, provisional itinerary, and application form for the 2020 School Teachers’ course. Applications are now open, and completed forms and references should reach the Assistant Director by 21st February 2020.