We are delighted to once again offer our AS/A Latin conference, NEW for Autumn 2017, which promises to be another informative, stimulating and enjoyable conference for all AS/A Latin teachers, Head of Classics and others involved in promoting Classics at AS/A level.

The Autumn conference gives particular emphasis to preparing students effectively for examination and we are pleased to welcome back Dr John Taylor, who will be leading the key examination sessions.

We welcome back Katharine Radice (Curriculum Leader for Classics, The Stephen Perse Foundation) who will be leading a Keynote session on Unseen Translation and ‘Preparing for University’ Rob Cromarty (Head of Classics, Wellington School) on Cicero and Ovid love elegy options and Stuart Thomson (Head of Classics, Christ’s Hospital) on Prose Composition/Comprehension and Virgil.

Hellenic Books will, be providing the exhibition.


  • Take away ideas for effective student preparations
  • Develop new strategies for teaching the set texts
  • Explore questions, question types and A Grade responses
  • Opportunity to discuss the specification 2nd year in
COURSE DATE London Friday 17 November 2017
WHO FOR?  Heads of Classics
All teachers of A Level Latin
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch


Additional information

Key StageA Level
Job TitleSubject Teacher

10.00 – 10.45am: The June 2018 examination: changes, challenges, preparation, techniques, discussion

  • The new specification one year in
  • Layout of papers
  • Preparing students effectively

Dr John Taylor


10.45 – 11.30am: Unseen translation: the different stages of preparation

  • Building the knowledge
  • Putting it together
  • Final exam technique

Kathryn Radice


11.30 – 11.50am: Discussion: coffee break


11.50 – 12.45pm: Prose Composition/Comprehension

  • Composition or comprehension? Pros and cons
  • Building up composition skills in a linear A Level
  • Prose composition: nailing the style marks

Dr Stuart Thomson


12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and exhibitions


1.45 - 2.40pm: Option Strand 1

Either Option 1A: Excellent Responses to Tacitus Questions

  • The challenge of Tacitean Latin
  • Excellent responses; answering exam type questions
  • Resources and support – getting the balance right
  • Revision techniques: honing examination-specific skills

Or Option 1B: Excellent Responses to Cicero Questions

  • Emphasis on excellent responses, answering exam type questions, best teaching approaches as the examination approaches
  • Focus on the historical and political context of the Pro Milone
  • Focus on engaging pupils with rhetorical style and the persuasive art

Dr Rob Cromarty

Or Option 1C: Linear AL: dealing with a two year course

  • Start of the L6th – leaving GCSE behind
  • When to start the set texts
  • Teaching to the difficulties of the Big Final Exam

Kathryn Radice


2.40 – 2.50pm: Afternoon tea & refreshments


1.45 - 2.40pm: Option Strand 2

Either Option 2A: Virgil 8 and 10

  • Resources and support: getting the balance right
  • The new thematic essay: Aeneid 10 beyond the Latin
  • Revision techniques: honing examination-specific skills

Dr Stuart Thomson

Or Option 2B: Ovid

  • Emphasis on excellent responses, answering exam type questions, best teaching approaches as examination approaches
  • Focus on the specifics of the genre of love elegy
  • Focus on engaging pupils with tropes and authorial voice

Dr Rob Cromarty

Or Option 2C: Challenging gifted A/A* students to excel

  • Cracking the language papers
  • Style and beyond
  • Top tips for examination

Dr John Taylor

Dr Rob Cromarty

Originally an archaeologist with a specialism in Bronze Age Ritual and Religion, Rob has spent the past ten years teaching Latin, Greek, and Ancient History in Senior Independent Schools. He has great experience with both A-Level and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, in addition to OCR’s GCSE courses for all Classical subjects. Formerly an examiner with AS/A2 Ancient History, he has most recently been developing resources and textbook elements for the new Ancient History specification with OCR and Bloomsbury.

Katharine Radice

Katharine is Head of Classics at the Stephen Perse Foundation. She is an experienced examiner for PreU and A2, and co-author of schools’ editions of Ovid, Cicero & Tacitus.

Dr John Taylor

John was for many years Head of Classics at Tonbridge School. He is the author of numerous language books including Essential GCSE Latin, Latin Beyond GCSE and Greek to GCSE. He is co-author (with Henry Cullen and Michael Dormandy) of Latin Stories: A GCSE Reader and (with Henry Cullen) of the forthcoming Latin to GCSE. He has been a Chief Examiner for OCR, Chair of JACT Council and both Director of Studies and Director of the JACT Greek Summer School.

Dr Stuart Thomson

Stuart teaches Classics at Christ’s Hospital, West Sussex. He read Classics at the University of Sydney, and completed his Master’s and D.Phil. as a Clarendon scholar at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He has published academic work on Greek narrative, the Second Sophistic, and early Christian literature. He is an examiner for OCR, for whom he has also written several forthcoming set-text guides for the new GCSE and A-Level specifications.