This BBC-produced video features our OU colleague Aarón Alzola Romero and Lorna Robinson talking about the Olympics 2012 project – an Olympics-inspired pilot scheme coordinated by the Open University Classical Studies Department in collaboration with The Iris Project.

According to Ofsted, there are approximately 4,000 schools across the UK serving communities in socio-economically deprived areas. These areas have the lowest levels of students continuing to university education (especially in the field of Classics). In addition, data from the National Obesity Observatory and the Department of Health reveal that there is an almost linear relationship between child obesity prevalence and socio-economic deprivation. “Back to School” aims to address these parallel issues through a series of Olympics-inspired workshops and outdoors events. Find out more on the Iris Project website!

(Video used courtesy of BBC Oxford)