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GCSE Latin Conference

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We are delighted to offer our GCSE Latin Conference course for 2022 which offers all teachers of GCSE Latin and others involved in the Classics an opportunity to invigorate their teaching practice. The conference will also take a fresh look at ways to maximise the attainment of all students as well as giving some focus onto recruitment at GCSE and also A level in the Classics.

Emphasis will be on the Literature set texts for 2023 – 2024, offering insights into fresh, invigorating and robust approaches to teaching the set texts, as well as exploring tactics for success in the longer questions. Equal attention will also be given to Language, similarly on fresh perspectives and approaches to teaching Language.

The conference sessions will be presented by expert Latin practitioners Hayley Walker, Head of Classics at Streatham & Clapham High School GDST, and Katharine Radice, Parkside Community College, Cambridge.


  • Take away proven strategies, approaches and methods for teaching the set texts to motivate
  • and inspire students
  • Take away reinvigorated and refreshed approaches to teaching GCSE Language
  • Explore ways of building a stimulating and inspiring Latin pathway from KS3 through GCSE
  • and beyond to A level
  • Enhance your exam tactics approaches


Reflections on the 2022 GCSE exams

10.00 – 10.40am
  • GCSEs and the student experience after the pandemic
  • Harvesting the best aspects of remote teaching and mitigating the fall out
  • How best to move forwards for 2023
Katharine Radice, Parkside Community College


10.40 – 11.00am

Preparing to Succeed in Language: Inspiring and Effective Approaches

11.00 – 11.45am
  • The key elements involved teaching translation and comprehension with the desired consistency of ‘a high degree of accuracy’
  • How to vary the approaches and methods to support student needs
  • Dealing with the longer passages and complex sentences
  • The tricky parts – tips and techniques for helping pupils
  • Characteristics of 8/9 candidates in language
Katharine Radice, Parkside Community College

Option Strand 1

11.45 – 12.45pm 1A: Prose B – New approaches to Teaching Sagae Thessalae
  • Ideas and approaches to how this set text can most effectively and engagingly be taught
  • Exploring the kinds of resources (printed and electronic) that might be used
  • Creative approaches to how one might lead in to the study of this set text:
  • how to engage students’ interest in the content, and in Apuleius’ style and language
  • how one might integrate the study of literature and language effectively at GCSE
  • Tactics for success: ensuring your grade 8/9 students achieve their targets in Prose
Hayley Walker, Head of Classics, Streatham and Clapham High School
1B: KS3 into KS4 Classics – Recruiting students for GCSE Latin from KS3
  • Building a stimulating and inspiring pathway from KS3 through to GCSE and beyond
  • Ensuring your KS3 programme is challenging, engaging, and motivating to students of all abilities
  • Teaching approaches which work well with KS3 students, as well as preparing them for the next stage
  • Classics outside the classroom at KS3
Katharine Radice, Parkside Community College


12.45 – 1.45pm

Option Strand 2:

1.45 – 2.45pm 2A Virgil, Aeneid verse set text for examination in 2023 and 2024
  • Engaging ways to teach this set text.
  • Exploring ways in which the set text might most effectively and engagingly be taught
  • Considering what kinds of resources (printed and electronic) might be used
  • How one might lead in to the study of the set text
  • How to engage students’ interest in the content, and in Vergil’s style and language
  • Strategies to extend and challenge the most able in Virgil
Hayley Walker, Head of Classics, Streatham and Clapham High School
2B: Promoting the Uptake of GCSE Greek
  • Encouraging prospective students to take up GCSE Greek
  • How to make sure their experience is rewarding and constructive
  • Should you introduce Gratin? The pros and cons.
Katharine Radice, Parkside Community College

Afternoon Tea

2.45 – 3.00pm

Accessing the Top Grades

3.00 – 3.45pm
  • Text and context
  • Writing successfully about set texts
  • Cracking the language papers
  • Last minute revision advice and preparation to ensure the ‘9’.
  • Top tips for the exam room
  • Outside the syllabus: extending and challenging the most able
Hayley Walker, Head of Classics, Streatham and Clapham High School


London | Thursday 23 November 2023

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This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Katharine Radice teaches Latin for Parkside Community College and she is the former Head of Classics for the Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge and Westminster School, London. She is an experienced examiner and the co-author of several school-level Latin textbooks, including de Romanis, a new KS3 Latin course tailored to achieve smooth progression to GCSE for Latin, Classical Civilisation or Ancient History.

Hayley Walker is the Head of Classics at Streatham & Clapham High School GDST. She completed her PGCE at King’s College London in 2015 before teaching Classics at the West London Free School where she had a hand in introducing and implementing the successful Latin A Level course. She has experience of teaching Latin GCSE and A Level, teaching through numerous specification changes to students with a wide range of abilities.


  • Heads of Classics
  • Teachers of GCSE Latin
  • Teachers of KS3 Classics


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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