ArleneDr Arlene Holmes-Henderson is a language education specialist who conducts research, and provides training for schools and universities, in the UK and worldwide.

You can hear Arlene talking about her book, Forward with Classics: classical languages in schools and communities, in this Oxford University podcast.

Please see the training tabs for further details of the workshops and courses on offer.

She has a diverse range of interests which include: Classical rhetoric, Classical language education, language education policy, access, widening participation, language revitalisation, democratic education and innovative pedagogies.

From October 2022, Arlene is Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University, teaching at the School of Education on the Latin with Classics PGCE course.

Arlene is a Senior Research Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford where she holds a British Academy Innovation Fellowship investigating ‘Levelling up through talk: how does oracy contribute to social mobility and employability?’. She is the principal investigator of the Classics in Communities project which investigates the impact of Latin and Greek on children’s cognitive development. She is a partner investigator on The Ancient Today project funded by the Australian Research Council. She is a TORCH Knowledge Exchange Fellow and Policy Leader working with the Department for Education in a research and public policy partnership with funding from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.

In 2022-2023, Arlene is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Classical Studies where she will engage with The London Research and Policy Partnership on issues relating to language, literacy and levelling-up across the capital. These conversations will be enriched through collaboration with colleagues in the Institute for Modern Languages Research, the Institute for English Studies, The Institute of Historical Research and the Institute of Philosophy. She is also an Affiliated Researcher with the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge via which she is contributing to policy engagement nationally.

At the University of Sussex Arlene is the co-investigator on the AHRC-funded major inter-disciplinary and multi-institutional Speaking Citizens project which seeks to investigate the politics of speech education in Britain. As an AHRC policy fellow, Arlene is sharing her research expertise with the all-party parliamentary group on oracy education and the all-party parliamentary group on political literacy. She is leading all aspects of stakeholder engagement. This builds on her successful leadership of the the AHRC-funded ‘Improving Access to Classical Studies in Museums and Schools’ project.

Arlene is the Outreach Officer, Council Member and Trustee of the Classical Association, the national subject association for Classics teachers and academics. She co-directs the Advocating Classics Education project alongside Professor Edith Hall (Durham University), with whom she is writing a book on the value of Classical studies in contemporary education. She chairs the Classics Development Group, a body which brings together learned societies and professional organisations in the field of Classics, to identify and discuss common issues. She is the representative for Classics on the British Academy’s National Strategic Committee for Languages, a committee member of the Roman Society, and a steering group member of the British Curriculum Forum. She also serves on the US-UK Fulbright Commission Alumni Council.

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