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Raising Attainment: Aiming for A/A* in A Level Classical Civilisation

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This course is designed to offer delegates the opportunity to scrutinise the specification, and offers advice and strategies which can empower pupils to take initiative and aim high.

The course considers the distinct roles of the three course components, and how to remove apprehension around teaching and marking. Delegates will then assess the importance of assessment data and tracking. Finally, delegates will explore questioning and interpretation of questions to allow their pupils to “think like the examiner”.


  • Share experiences, successes and failures, frustrations and support of the H408 course
  • Discuss and highlight the role of assessment and monitoring of pupil progress
  • Question-level analysis across all three components, including extended evaluation of the 30 mark questions


Focus on assessment demands for A/A* students

10.00 – 10.45am
  • Examine the assessment demands of all components for the highest grades
  • Review characteristics of A and A* A Level students
  • Consider feedback from the most recent examination series for Grade A and A* students
  • Share experiences, successes and failures, frustrations from the 2022 examinations

Morning Break

10.45 – 11.00am

A/A* performance in Examination Components:

11.00 – 12.00pm
  • Approaches to delivering this Component to able students
  • Approaches to the 10, 20 and 30 mark questions to ensure able students achieve A/A* grades
  • Discuss sample 10 and 20 mark answers at Level 5 to identify key characteristics.

Literature and Scholarship

12.00 – 12.45pm
  • Stretching and challenging top level students to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate literature , and demonstrate their understanding appropriately in exam questions
  • Stretching and challenging top level students to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate visual/material culture, and classical thought, using evidence to make substantiated judgements and produce coherent and reasoned arguments
  • Ways to support students to use scholarship successfully within their exam answers to achieve grades A and A*
  • Discuss sample 30 mark answers at Level 5 to identify key characteristics.


12.45 – 1.45pm

Assessment, data and tracking and feedback

1.45 – 2.15pm
  • Regular assessment and the role of the scheme of work
  • Tracking versus predictive outcomes
  • Tracking as department empowerment
  • Tracking as pupil empowerment
  • Interventions – making interventions work in Classical Civilisation – techniques to ensure student buy-in
  • Effective feedback to progress, motivate and raise student attainment levels in the run up to the exams

Extending the most able beyond the curriculum

2.15 – 2.50pm
  • Planning with and designing support for students aiming for top grades
  • Practising exam technique for the most able
  • Extra-curricular ideas that help get A and A* grades

Afternoon Tea

2.50 – 2.55pm

Question-level analysis and tactics for achieving the highest grades

2.55 – 3.45pm
  • Command words and assessment objectives
  • Interpreting the whole question
  • Worked examples
  • Take-home strategies




London | Monday 20 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.


Ben Tanner teaches at RGS Worcester, with eleven years experience as a Head of Classics and, latterly, Head of Humanities. He works with students in Years 7 to 13 and has delivered extensive success, and value-add, in both outgoing OCR and AQA Classical Civilisation specifications. He has particular experience of managing cohorts with broad academic ranges, and is a current OCR A-Level examiner.


  • Heads of Classics
  • Aspiring Heads of Classics
  • Faculty leads that incorporate 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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