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“The team were buzzing with excitement about teaching Classics when I met with them this morning. We can't wait to see how the pupils react!”

Stacy Howe, Stoke Park School



Steven Hunt is Associate Teaching Professor in Classics Education at the University of Cambridge. He is the Editor of the Journal of Classics Teaching, author and editor of six books published by Bloomsbury Academic, and regularly provides consultancy and training services on behalf of the educational charity Classics for All. 

Steven 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. Other research interests include:

  • The experiences of non-specialist Latin teachers in multi-ethnic urban settings

  • Teacher-student interactions in teaching and learning 

  • The uses of Information and Communication Technology

  • The uses of spoken Latin in and out of the classroom

  • Languages education policy in the UK


Steven studied Classics as an undergraduate at King’s College London in 1986, where he also completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in 1988. He has thirty years of teaching experience in state schools and has been Head of Classics in four comprehensive schools in Cambridge, Essex, London and Hertfordshire. He has taught Latin, Ancient Greek, Classical Civilization and Ancient History to A level to students of all abilities. 


Steven worked as a mentor for teacher trainees both for the PGCE in London and at Cambridge. He joined the Mentor Panel for the PGCE in Cambridge in 2004 and became the Subject Lecturer for the PGCE itself in 2008 on the retirement of Bob Lister. He is currently an Associate Teaching Professor  and Subject Lecturer for the PGCE in Latin (with Classics) at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. He is also Chair of Section 1 Examiners (Secondary).


Steven has delivered specialist PGCE teacher training at the University of Oxford, at King’s College London, and at the University of Sussex. He was the Subject Specialist Lecturer in Classics Education for the Harris Academy Trust (2017-18) and at Liverpool Hope University (2018). He has also guest-lectured on Classics education and pedagogy at the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Warwick and Swansea. 

He has published five well-received and influential books on the subject of Classics education with Bloomsbury Academic:

  • Starting to Teach Latin (Bloomsbury 2016 and 2023)

  • Forward with Classics (Bloomsbury 2018), with Arlene Holmes-Henderson and Mai Musié

  • Teaching Classics with Technology (Bloomsbury 2019), with Bartolo Natoli.

  • Communicative Approaches for Ancient Languages (Bloomsbury 2020) with Mair Lloyd.

  • Teaching Latin: Contexts, Theories and Practices (Bloomsbury 2022).


Steve has developed the mythology sections of the new secondary school Latin course book Suburani, classical civilization materials for Classics for All and is an advisor for BBC Bitesize and Oak National Academy.


Steven has written numerous articles, many of which can be accessed here


Since 2012 he has been Editor of The Journal of Classics Teaching,  which was recently accepted by Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, including scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. 


Steven has given papers at the Classical Association Annual Conference, in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and at the Classical Association of South Africa Conference in 2015. He presented a paper at the Classical Association Conference in Edinburgh in 2016 on the subject of the impact of educational policies on the teaching of Classical subjects under the Coalition and Conservative Governments (2010-2016). During the same conference he contributed to a round-table discussion on the challenges currently facing the teaching of classical subjects in England.


He has delivered workshops at the American Classical League Institutes in 2012, 2013 and 2014 on behalf of the North American Cambridge Classics Project (NACCP), and in his own capacity in 2017, on the subject ‘The Cambridge Latin Course IS Comprehensible Input’ and in 2019 at the ACL in New York 2019 he gave a paper on ‘Museums without Worksheets’ and chaired a panel discussion on University Outreach Programmes. In 2023 he was key note speaker at the Australian Classical Association conference in Sydney. He has participated in numerous teacher training events throughout the UK. He gave the keynote at the Euroclassica Conference in London 2018.

Steven contributes to CPD events at national and international levels and has undertaken consultancy and resource development for the following organisations:


  • The International Baccalaureate: development of Latin composition modules for the next IB qualifications in Classical languages

  • QCDA: consultation on the form of the Classical Civilisation and Ancient History GCSE and A level examinations

  • OCR: consultation on the form of GCE and A level Latin, Greek, Ancient History and Classical Civilisation modules

  • WJEC: consultation and development of the WJEC Level 1 and level 2 qualifications in Latin language, Roman Civilisation and Latin literature; examinations trainer

  • Classics for All: consultation for developing and delivering teacher training for teachers in state schools across the UK; bespoke teacher training; development of GCSE ancient history and KS3 classical civilisation resources

  • He is a member of the steering committee for Capital Classics, a project run by Classics for All which has introduced classical subjects to over 100 schools across London 

  • Between 2008 and 2018 he was a member of the management board of the Cambridge Schools’ Classics Project where he developed some of the early digital resources for COLP and assessment materials for the North American CSCP and was representative and trainer for at events in the UK and USA

  • Consultant for Splinter Studio, developer of BBC Bitesize resources

  • He is co-founder of Classics in Communities, an organization promoting and encouraging the teaching of Latin and Ancient Greek in UK state schools, and organized two international conferences in Oxford (2015) and Cambridge (2017)

  • Since 2016 he has been a member of the Classical Association Teaching Board of The Classical Association

  • Representation for Classics in the Department for Education, including Independent-State School Partnerships, consultation on new GCSEs and A levels, Initial Teacher Training, and Primary School Classical Languages

  • Member of the Latin Advisory Panel for Oak National Academy.


From 2012-2016 he was Chair of the Schools Subcommittee of The Roman Society, and from 2015 - 2018 was President of The Association for Latin Teaching. He is a consultant for ACE – Advocating Classics Education

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