Who we are
Will Griffiths
Will Griffiths
Will has been working with students and teachers since the early 90s as a teacher, author, researcher, lecturer, adviser and trainer across Europe and North America.
In 2003, Will rescued the failing £5M DfE-funded KS3 Latin initiative and subsequently doubled the number of UK secondary schools which offer Latin at KS3. In 2008, in conjunction with WJEC, he developed a new Latin assessment system which increased Latin uptake at KS4 by 20%. Between 2010 and 2016 he authored the North American 5th edition of the Cambridge Latin Course.
Will is now working on a range of initiatives at Hands Up to continue to increase access to Classics in schools.
Hannah Smith
Hannah Smith
Hannah is a classicist and experienced illustrator who loves bringing the ancient world to life for students of all ages.
Laila Tims
Laila Tims
Laila trained as a Classics teacher in the Netherlands, and has worked in schools there and in the UK. She has extensive experience supporting and growing the teaching of Classics in the UK, managing and delivering the DfE-funded KS4 Latin initiative in 2014-2016, authoring the 2015 report “Who is Latin for? Access to KS4 Latin qualifications”, and creating the Romans in Focus videos (www.RomansinFocus.com). As a trainer and teacher Laila works to support Latin teaching in primary and secondary schools. Laila’s current work focuses on the Primary Latin Course, of which she is the co-author. She is also excited to be a contributor to the International Baccalaureate’s DP Classical Languages curriculum review.
Tony Smith
Tony Smith
Tony is a classicist and develops software for reading and learning Greek and Latin. He loves playing with words and has produced many digital dictionaries.