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GCSE Latin Grades 8-9 Extension Course

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This NEW course is designed for all teachers who are teaching A Level Latin. The aim of the course is to help teachers to fine-tune students’ performances so that they can achieve the highest grades. The course will outline what is expected of high ability students and explore ways to build your teaching practice around this. Focussing on teaching and learning ideas for both language and literature options that will stretch and challenge able students and develop their higher-level skills. The course will also highlight potential areas of weakness in students’ approaches and answers and offer suggestions as to how to overcome these.


  • Focus on identifying the demands of Grades A & A* and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
  • Look at the different demands of questions across the language and literature papers
  • Analyse Mark schemes to identify and clarify the requirements of the higher-level responses
  • Discuss and mark sample answers at Grades A & A*
  • Provide materials that will allow teachers to cover the content effectively in innovative and student-friendly ways that push the highest ability students
  • Improve understanding of how to move beyond GCSE-style answers to high-scoring A-Level ones.
  • Allow teachers to take away suggestions about how to structure and cover the course so as to engage the higher ability students and elicit higher-level answers.

Grades A & A*: What do they involve?

10.00 – 10.30am
  • Feedback and grading analysis from the most recent exam papers
  • Analysis of mark schemes – what are the examiners looking for?
  • Grades A & A*: what are the differences between these?
  • Key attributes of Grade A & A* students in the classroom
  • Avoiding potential hazards: what can cost a top student their A grade?

The Path to an A* Essay

10.30 – 11.15am
  • Supporting students with the increased content and the English sections of the text: how to make the most of the two years
  • Helping students to write less, but say more: considering sample answers and tackling vagueness in students’ essays
  • Avoiding narrative and lists in arguments: the use of super- and sub-arguments to create clear structure and analysis


11.15 – 11.20am

Teaching literature: stretching and challenging able students

11.20 – 12.20pm
  • Using wider reading to prepare for and complement the set texts
  • Deep examination of context – using who?/what?/when?/why? questions to push students
  • Context versus content versus style: how to incorporate stylistic points effectively.
  • Are 15-markers commentaries or arguments?: how to help students approach a short passage thoughtfully and meaningfully.
  • Concision and precision: avoiding monotony and moving beyond ‘Cicero says…’
  • How students should quote the set texts and discuss these efficiently


12.20 – 1.20pm

Teaching language: key challenges for Grade A/A* students

1.20 – 2.20pm
  • Tackling the toughest sentences: developing the skills needed to unpick hard Latin
  • Stretching top students with your choice of verse unseen passages and scansion questions
  • Approaches for the Comprehension paper: preparing for different authors and question styles
  • Using prose composition and grammatical analysis to stretch able students
  • Revision tips to ensure top level students succeed in the exams
  • Dealing with the step-up in accidence and syntax: how to make grammar learning more approachable for students
  • Vocabulary with no vocabulary list: how to avoid setting endless vocabulary tests and making the most of in-lesson games and activities


2.20 – 2.35pm

Exams: Tactics for achieving the highest grades

2.35 – 3.15pm
  • The shorter questions: what are the potential pitfalls?
  • Focus on the 15-mark questions and essays: what does a grade A/A* candidate need to do?
  • Varying commentary practice to stretch the most able
  • Prose composition or comprehension: which one should be chosen and why?
  • Use of peer-marking, sample answers, and re-writes to help students understand how to improve.
  • Revision ideas to help students produce high grade essays
  • Crunch time: last minute revision advice and preparation on how to nail the A*

Plenary discussion and depart

3.15 – 3.30pm


London | Monday 21 November 2022

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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.


Katy is Head of Classics at St Paul’s School, and before that taught at Winchester College and Tonbridge School. She has experience of preparing pupils for A-Level and GCSE examinations in Latin, Greek, and Ancient History.


  • Heads of Classics
  • Teachers of GCSE Latin


  • 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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