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Steven Hunt


University Lecturer in Classics Education

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(+44) 01223 767645


  • BA (London)
  • PGCE (London)

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

Editor The Journal of Classics Teaching (JCT) since September 2012.

The Roman Society: Chair of the Schools' Subcommittee since 2008.

Joint Association of Classics Teachers (JACT): member of Council since 2006; member of Classical Civilisation Subcommittee since 2008.

Association for Latin Teaching (ArLT): member of Council since 2008.

London Association of Classical Teachers Original Records (LACTORs): Treasurer since 1996.

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After completing his PGCE Steve taught Classics for twenty years in comprehensive schools in Greater and Inner London and in rural Hertfordshire. Specialising in Latin, he also taught Ancient Greek, Classical Civilisation and Ancient History from GCSE to A-level. For eight years he was a mentor for the PGCE in Classics at Cambridge, and he became the course leader in 2008.

Steve has a particular interest in the teaching of Latin language and the ways in which pupils can access and develop their understanding of the Roman world through exposure to original source material. He is also interested in the design and use of materials for teaching and learning Classical Civilisation courses.  He considers it essential as a teacher trainee in Classics to remain in contact with practising Classics teachers and is always interested in seeing new practices throughout the UK. Along with Aisha Khan-Evans of Kings College London he maintains a teacher training website for Classics, with funding from the DCSF. Steve contributes to CPD events at national and regional level, and has undertaken consultancy work for such organisations as QCDA, OCR and the Cambridge Schools' Classics project (CSCP).

Current research interests focus on teacher training provision for Classics teachers, especially the Graduate Teacher programme (GTP) and its successor Teach Direct. In addition he is following the experiences of non-specialist Latin teachers in two secondary schools in Sussex and Norfolk. He has a particlar interest in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Classics education. He holds a grant from the charity Classics for All to develop CPD resources for non-specialist Latin teachers and is currently writing a book for Bloomsbury Academic provisionally entitled 'Starting to Teach Latin'. In addition to his PGCE role, he currently works at a secondary school in Cambridge.

  • Classics Education
  • Pedagogy, language, Arts and Culture research group (PLACE)

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Chief Interests

  • Catering for pupils of all abilities in the Classics classroom
  • Developing pupils' inferential skills from written evidence and material cutlure
  • Improving pupils' motivation and capacity to write extended essays
  • Exploiting original texts for teaching and learning
  • Extra-mural Classics - on site and in the museum
  • ICT in teaching Latin language and literature, especially teachers' developing pedagogies in using the digital resources of the Cambridge Latin Course
  • Teacher training in Classics

Current Research Project(s)

  • Teacher training routes for Classics
  • Non-specialist Latin teachers
  • Teachers' developing practice in using the CLC digital resources

Prospective PhD Applications

Steve is not accepting applications from potential research students.

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Course Involvement

Secondary PGCE

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Recent Publications

Hunt, S. (2013). The Use of ICT in Teaching and Learning in the Classics Classroom. Journal of Classics Teaching, 28

Hunt, S. (forthcoming, 2013). The Impact of the Higher Fees Regime on Applicants for Teacher Training in Classics. CUCD, 2013.

Hunt, S. (2013). Classical Civilisation: the Last 50 Years. JACT Commemorative Volume.

Scott, L and Hunt, S. (2013). Navigating Nero: Teaching Tacitus Annals Set Texts. Journal of Classics Teaching, 27, pp.70-74.

Hunt, S. (2013). Pompeii at the British Museum: Linking the Exhibition with Teaching Practice. Journal of Classics Teaching, 27, pp.44-52.

Hunt, S. (2013). An Interview with Professor Mary Beard. Journal of Classics Teaching, 27, pp. 53-55.

Hunt, S. (forthcoming, 2013). The Cambridge Latin Course digital resources: an early survey of teachers' perspectives and practices.

Hunt, S. (2013). Classics teacher vacancies 2011-12: Shortfall in Qualified Teachers Continues to Make Recruitment Difficult. Journal of Classics Teaching Bulletin 2, 2, pp1-4.

Hunt, S. (2012). An investigation into the supply of Classics teachers in the secondary schools scetor through the Graduate Teacher programme (GTP) 2011-12. Journal of Classics Teaching, 26, pp9-16.

Downes, C., McDonnell, C. and Hunt, S. (2012). All can, most can, some can. Some practical ideas for using differentiation strategies in the Classics classroom. Journal of Classics Teaching, 26, pp25-26.

Hunt, S. (2012). Classics teacher vacancies 2010-11: not meeting the demand. Journal of Classics Teaching, 25, pp2-6.

Hunt, S. (2012). Government inconsistency over teacher training in Classics. Journal of Classics Teaching Bulletin, 2, 1, pp1-2.

Hunt, S. (2011). Training Classics teachers. Journal of Classics Teaching, 24, pp2-3.

Hunt, S. and Foster, F. (2011). Teacher perceptions of the new Latin examinations of 2010. Journal of Classics Teaching, 23, pp23-24.

Khan-Evans, A., and Hunt, S. (2010). (R)evolution in Classics. Journal of Classics Teaching, 20, pp4-7.

Hunt, S. (2009). Differentiation and Classics, Journal of Classics Teaching, 17, pp3-4.

Hunt, S. (2008) 'ICT and the Teaching of Latin Literature' in (ed.) B. Lister, Meeting the
Challenge: International Perspectives on the Teaching of Latin, CUP, Cambridge.

Invited lectures, seminars and workshops

Steve has received invitations to speak at many events by Classics organisations both in the UK and abroad. Most recently he has spoken at the following events.

December 2013: CSCP INSET 'Language Skills for CLC Books 1 and 2' for non-specilaists and beginning teachers. Manchester.

December 2013: CSCP INSET 'Teaching CLC Book 1' for non-specialists and beginning teachers. London.

November 2013: Invited Speaker at the Classics in Communities Conference. 'The North Norfolk Latin Cluster project: a Case Study.' Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

November 2013: Primary School Teaching Opportunities, with London Network for Languages, University of Westminster.

November 2013: Myth Workshop for MA students at the University of Nottingham.

October 2013: Teacher Training Development INSET at the School of St Anne and St Katharine, Abingdon.

September 2013: JACT Classical Civilization INSET at St. Hilda's College, Oxford.

July 2013: NACCP worskhops in Memphis, USA,  on teaching the CLC for American teachers.

June 2013: Memphis, US: ACL pre-institue: Workshops (with Will Griffiths) (How) does the reading approach work?

June 2013: CSCP / British Museum presentation: using material culture to teach about the Romans (with Richard Woff).

June 2013: Keynote Speaker at GreekForYou International Symposium, Bristol.

April 2013: North Walsham High School, Norfolk. Workshops on starting to teach Latin for non-specialist teachers.

April 2013: Politeia round-table discussion on Latin and the Government's proposed EBCs.

April 2013: Classical Association Conference, Reading. Presented a paper on the impact of the higher fees regime on applicants for teacher training in Classics.

March 2103: INSET Training event for the GSA at Edgbaston High School, on Latin iterature..

March 2013: OCR stakeholder forum on new GCSEs and A Levels, Cambridge.

March 2013: CUCD Classics forum at Downing College, Cambridge.

March 2013: INSET training event at King's School, Taunton, on ICT and Prep School Latin.

March 2013: ArLT INSET training at Loughborough Grammar School on CLC Book 1.

February 2013: INSET training event at King's College London on ICT and Classics teaching.

February 2013: INSET training event at Henrietta Barnett School, North London, on GCSE and A Level Latin Literature.

January 2013: Presentation about Teacher Training for Classics at the invitation of Lord Aberdare to the Teaching Agency.

January 2013: Presentation about Classics in Independent - State School Partnerships at the ISSP Forum, Department of Education.

December 2012: Politeia round-table discussion on Latin and the Government's proposed EBCs.

December 2012: British Museum round-table discussion on the Pompeii Exhibition (forthcoming).

November 2012: University of Cambridge. Classics graduate and employment event.

August 2012: CSCP, New York. Workshops on teaching the CLC for US teachers.

July 2012: CSCP, Dallas. Workshops on teaching the CLC for US teachers.

July 2012: ArLT Summer School, Moreton Hall School, Oswestry. Workshops on using the CLC digital resources.

June 2012: CSCP Annual Conference, Cambridge. Workshop on teaching CLC Book 3 on a limited timetable.

June 2012: Classics for All, London. Conference on strategies for extending opportunities for the study of Classics in state maintained schools.

May 2012: North Walsham High School, Norfolk. Workshops on starting to teach Latin for non-specialist teachers.

May 2012: Varndean College, E Sussex. Workshops on starting to teach latin for non-specialist teachers.

May 2012: Merton College, Oxford. Development of a new website for JACT.

April 2012: OCR, Cambridge. PGCE, GTP and NQT training event.

April 2012: Classical Association Conference, Exeter. Presented a paper on the experiences of GTP teacher trainees in Classics.

February 2012: University of Leeds. Classics graduate and employment event.

January 2012: King's College London. Classics and ICT workshop.

November 2011: Wadham College, Oxford. Organised and presented at Classics in Comprehensives conference. 'Why do Headteachers want Latin?'

November 2011: Wadham College, Oxford. Didaskalos Conference on Ancient History Teaching.

October 2011: The British School at Rome. Organsied joint BSR / JACT workshops for teaching extra-mural Classics.

September 2011: The British Museum / JACT. Workshop on teaching extra-mural Classics.

July 2011: ArLT Summer School, Charterhouse School, Guildford.Workshops on active apporaches to teaching Greek drama.

June 2011: CSCP Annual Conference, Cambridge. Workshops on teaching Latin on a limited timetable.

June 2011: JACT / Friends of Classics 'Red Book' conference.

May 2011: The Stephen Perse Foundation. Comenius visit to Trier.

may 2011: JACT INSET, Liverpool. Seminar on teacher training.

March 2011: WJEC INSET, Birmingham and London. Workshop on teaching CLC Books 1 and 2 for the non-specialist.

February 2011: University of Leeds. Classic graduate and employment event.

December 2010: University of Warwick. Classics graduate and employment event.

September 2010: JACT INSET, London. Digital technology and Classics.

July 2010: ArLT Summer School, Sheffield. Workshops on blending langaige and cultural background in the CLC.

September 2009: JACT INSET, London. Keynote lecture: '(R)evolution in Classics.'

July 2009: ArLT Summer School, Bristol. Keynote lecture: 'Classics now and in the future.' Workshop on differentiation and Classics.