Virtual Course for School Teachers
The British School at Athens is delighted to invite UK school teachers to attend a free virtual CPD course, focusing on the theme ‘Myth & Religion‘. Participants will follow a series of four virtual lectures, introducing the main themes of the module and providing new case studies beyond the school syllabus.
This year’s course will be conducted in four hour-long virtual lectures:
‘Art, architecture and the Panathenaic festival’
-Prof. Rebecca Sweetman (BSA Director)
Thursday 7th March, 4:30pm
‘The pillars of Herakles: myth and religion in the Mediterranean’
-Dr Eva Mol (University of York)
Tuesday 12th March, 4:30pm
‘Funeral games and athletic tradition: the mythological origins of the Panhellenic games’
-Dr Ann Sophie Schoess (University of St Andrews)
Wednesday 13th March, 4:30pm
‘Myth, religion, and social media; engaging students with object-led discussions’
-Hannah Parker (University of Nottingham, @historical_han_)
Thursday 14th March, 4:30pm
- Information on the in-person course for teachers (not running in 2024)
The British School at Athens organises a four-day intensive course 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.
Please find below an indicative itinerary for this course.
- Resources for school teachers
The BSA is proud to use its collections and expertise to create resources for school teachers. Many of our resources map onto the OCR Classical Civilisation syllabus for GCSE and A Level but will be of interest to those teaching other classical subjects and specifications.