This course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve Grades A & A* in Latin A Level examinations.  Led by our highly respected and successful presenter Henry Cullen, the course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for both language and literature options which will stretch and challenge able students and develop their higher level skills. Using feedback from 2018 & 2019, the first two years of examinations on the new specifications, the course will outline what is expected of high ability students and explore ways to build your teaching practice around this.


  • Focused on identifying the demands of Grades A & A* and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
  • A detailed look at the different demands of questions across the language and literature papers
  • Mark schemes & examiners’ reports will be analysed to identify what marks out the top candidates
  • Sample answers at Grades A & A* will be analysed
  • Materials will be provided that will allow teachers to cover the course in innovative and student-friendly ways that push the highest ability students
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  • All teachers of A-Level Latin
  • Heads of Classics
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • 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


10.00 – 10.45am
Grades A & A*: what do they involve?

  • Structure of the new specification A-Level Latin exams and what they require of the best students
  • Feedback and grading analysis from the 2018 papers and what this tells us about the standards which top students are expected to meet
  • 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?

10.45 – 11.05am
Coffee break and informal discussion

11.05 a.m. – 12.30 pm
Teaching language: key challenges
for Grade A/A* students

  • Analysing the Unseen paper: where is an A/A* achieved or lost?
  • Building vocabulary and developing skills for spotting cognate words
  • Tackling the toughest sentences: developing the skills needed to unpick hard Latin
  • Varying approaches to unseen translation work in class – not just the same old task
  • 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

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.20pm
Teaching literature: stretching and challenging able students

  • Moving on from GCSE approaches – encouraging students to become sensitive readers
  • Using wider reading to prepare for and complement the set texts
  • The value of context – using who?/what?/when?/why? questions to push students
  • Different approaches to discussing and writing about ‘style’
  • What makes a strong A-Level commentary? How can we build up to this?
  • Working up to full essay questions, and using them to stretch students

2.20 – 2.35pm
Afternoon tea and informal discussion

2.35 – 3.15pm
Literature exams: tactics for achieving the highest grades

  • 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
  • Revision ideas to help students produce high grade essays
  • Working to the standard: review of specimen scripts

3.15 – 3.30pm
Plenary discussion and depart

Katharine Radice

Katharine Radice is the Curriculum Leader for Classics at the Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge and an experienced examiner. She is the co-author of several school-level Latin textbooks, including a major new KS3 Latin course, de Romanis tailored to achieve smooth progression to GCSE for Latin, Classical Civilisation or Ancient History.