After studying Classics at Oxford, Harvard and Cambridge, Arlene qualified as a teacher. She taught for more than a decade in a range of schools in the UK and internationally, leading departments and assuming school-wide responsibilities. She holds a doctorate in Classics education and is a specialist in educational research, policy and practice.
At King’s she works with Professor Edith Hall to (1) research the role of Classical Civilisation and Ancient History in UK curricula and, (2) to raise the profile and status of these subjects as viable options for study in UK schools. In addition to her role at King’s, she is a member of the Classics Faculty in Oxford where she leads the Classics in Communities project which seeks to understand what impact the learning of Latin has on children’s cognitive development.
Arlene provides expert advice to a number of curriculum and assessment organisations around the world including the International Baccalaureate, OCR, Cambridge International Examinations, the Scottish Qualifications Authority and the Australian Curriculum and Qualifications Authority.
Arlene shares her knowledge and experience with various organisations; as a council member of the British Curriculum Forum, as a member of the US-UK Fulbright Commission Alumni Advisory Council, on the Association for Language Learning’s ‘Language Futures’ steering group, as a board member of the Latin Programme and as a board member of the Capital Classics project.