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Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson
MA Oxf, PGCE Camb, Ed.D. Glas


Postdoctoral researcher in Classics education, Faculty of Classics


The Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies
66, St. Giles'


Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson


Arlene read Classics at Oxford before starting post-graduate research at Harvard University as the Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York Scholar. She returned to Trinity College, Cambridge where she completed her PGCE (Latin, Classical Greek, Ancient History and Classical Civilisation). Thereafter, she taught Classics in schools in both Scotland and England while studying for her Doctorate in Education at the University of Glasgow. A specialist in Classical and heritage language education, Arlene is a council member of the British Curriculum Forum and sits on the Association for Language Learning's 'Language Futures' steering group. She is a member of the Capital Classics advisory board and regularly provides training for language teachers in the UK and around the world. She provides expert advice to a number of assessment organisations and has an extensive list of publications in the areas of language pedagogy and international education.

Research Keywords:

Classical languages, education, Classical literatures and cultures, literacy, critical skills, rhetoric, democratic education, oracy, citizenship education.

Research Interests:

Arlene is currently leading an investigation into what impact learning Latin has on children's cognitive development. This research forms part of the Classics in Communities project, which seeks to widen access to the study of Latin and Greek in British primary schools. Arlene has conducted comparative education research in the USA as a Fulbright Scholar, in Australia as a Churchill Fellow and in New Zealand as an Erskine Fellow. Her latest project focuses on Classical rhetoric, democratic deliberation and oracy education.

Full Publications:

Selected Publications:

'Forward with Classics! Classical languages in schools and communities', Mai Musié and Steve Hunt (eds.), (under contact with Bloomsbury Academic).

'Classical subjects in schools: a comparative study of New Zealand and the United Kingdom', in Athens to Aotearoa, S. Perris and J. Tatum (eds.), (Victoria University Wellington Press forthcoming).

'A celebration of Greek language and culture education in the UK', Co-author: Athena Mitropoulos, (2016), 17,34,55-57, Website:

'Responsible citizenship and critical skills in Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence: the contribution of Classical rhetoric to democratic deliberation', chapter 14, in Democracy and decency: what does education have to do with it?, (Information Age Publishers 2016), Website:

'Teaching Latin and Greek in primary classrooms: the Classics in Communities Project', Journal of Classics Teaching, (2016), 17, 33, 50-53, Website:

'Gifted Girls and Groovy Greek', Journal of Classics Teaching, (2008).