This course, led by an experienced A Level Classical Civilisation teacher and examiner, is designed for all teachers looking to explore further the demands of the new specification while developing practical strategies for teaching to support all levels of student ability.

Delegates will be provided with resources that are useable both immediately in lessons and in the longer term for planning a course. The resources will include those which will assist with teaching both Visual and Material Culture, and Beliefs and Ideas, alongside material for the teaching of the Epic unit.


  • Gain critical insight into the complexity needed for assessment
  • Engage with new ideas, approaches to motivate, inspire and challenge students
  • Learn how to boost initial subject knowledge and understanding
  • Develop practical strategies to stretch and challenge students
COURSE DATES London | Thursday 31 October 2019
  • Heads of Classics Departments
  • All teachers of AS/A Classical Civilisation
  • Teachers new to AS/A Classical Civilisation
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 10.45am
Overview of the key elements of the specification

  • Explore the requirements of the specification and different exam papers
  • Gain an overview of the Assessment Objectives and apply this to practise exam questions
  • Understand the benefits and challenges of the specification

10.45 – 11.00am
Discussion: coffee break

11.00 – 12.30pm
Developing the new exam skills, with a focus on ‘The World of the Hero’

  • Developing student’s essay skills: how to get the best out of your students
  • Moving students on to A*/A and B grades
  • Embedding scholars’ views in the 30 mark essays
  • Extending the able and drawing along the less able
  • How to use feedback to improve student essay skills

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.45pm
Developing new resources, with particular reference to ‘Culture and the Arts’ units

  • Adapting your materials to the new course
  • How to use IT and apps in an innovative and interactive way to extend learning
  • Creating course booklets and materials to help students succeed

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.40pm
Helping the less able, with reference to ‘Beliefs and Ideas’ units

  • Making Class Civ accessible
  • Networking opportunity with colleagues teaching similar units
  • Maximising marks for the lower achieving students
  • Maintaining engagement for all students

Mark Robinson

Mark is Head of Classical Civilisation and History at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, where over 150 students study AS/A2 Classical Civilisation. Last year students at his college exceeded national benchmarks, achieving 100% pass rates, and Oxbridge success. Mark is a current Classical Civilisation examiner and has recently been appointed lead examiner for the new specification. He is also an SLE (Specialist Leader of Education).

View all courses led by Mark Robinson >