Meet our Latin with Classics Subject Lead


Pantelis Iakovou

Latin with Classics Subject Lead

Pantelis iakovou3What does your role entail? 

In my current role as a subject lead in Classics, I am responsible for supporting and developing trainees’ subject knowledge and most importantly providing them with the most updated pedagogical tools relevant to their subject. Within my role, I am fortunate enough to visit different schools (primary and secondary) and support leaders who envision offering an enriching curriculum to all their students. Classical subjects the last few years obtain a prominent role in achieving this goal and as they enable students to expand their own intellectual curiosity

What are your credentials/experience to your current position? 

My drive and enthusiasm for the ancient world led me to follow a joint honours degree in Latin and Classics. My unparalleled passion for the Ancient World enabled me to undertake myriad modules on both Ancient Greece and Rome whilst at the University of Cyprus and during my year as an Erasmus student at UCL. I joined Harris Federation as a part of my teaching training programme in 2016. Since then, my passion and ambition in teaching those subjects to young people led me in undertaking the subject lead role within Harris ITE and become the Head of Classics at Harris Chafford and Rainham. During the last 5 years, with the support of the Federation and other external charity organisations, we have expanded classical studies in several Harris schools and introduced it into the mainstream curriculum. I have formulated close links with Classics for All, King’s College, Warwick University and as a committee member of ARLT, I am able to bring to fruition new approaches to teaching the ancient world and languages.

What is the highlight of your role? 

The highlight of my role is not only witnessing trainees’ progress during their training year but also, how they can show to our students that Classical subjects can be a rich, solid foundation to any education – not just because of their historical importance but also as necessary resources that can help build a curious, versatile, receptive mind; open to developing various interests and skills.