This course will explore the unique challenges of delivering Classics subjects at KS3. The course explores new approaches to delivery, addresses issues common to all Classics Departments at KS3, discusses ways of improving uptake at GCSE and beyond, giving teachers practical ideas to enhance their schemes of work with one eye on the new specifications at KS4 and beyond.


  • Improve your uptake of Classical subjects at GCSE
  • Address common challenges facing teachers in the KS3 Classics classroom
  • Enhance your understanding of the links with new KS4 qualifications
  • Discover new methods to reinvigorate your delivery
  • Take away robust strategies to strengthen your scheme of work
COURSE DATES London | Monday 10 December 2019
  • Heads of Classics
  • Heads of Classics considering starting KS3 Classics
  • All teachers of Classics
  • Non-specialists looking for support and inspiration
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
Context & Common Challenges

  • Consider the relationship between KS3 Classics teaching and GCSE / A Level
  • Explore the nature of our subjects in the KS3 context
  • Identify shared hurdles, to be surmounted in the course of the day
  • Set out practical ways to introduce Latin / Greek / Classical Civilisation at KS3

10.45 – 11.05am
Discussion: coffee break

11.05 – 12.00pm
Strategies & Structures for Success

  • Designing your curriculum: what defines successful KS3 structures and schemes of work?
  • Implementing your curriculum successfully to deliver enthusiastic, well-prepared learners ready for KS4 excellence
  • Devising schemes of work that develop the skills needed for GCSE success, in Classical languages and Civilisation
  • Coping with time constraints to deliver coherent programmes

12.00 – 12.45pm
Teaching Classical Languages at KS3

  • Innovative techniques to inspire and engage KS3 learners
  • Bringing out the pleasure of studying Latin (and Greek) language
  • Linguistic immersion: how to create (and why bother creating) an immersive linguistic experience
  • Broadening the scope of Latin: language learning for mixed-ability classrooms

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.30pm
Beyond the Languages: Teaching, Learning, Progress and Achievement

  • Classical Civilisation: ideas and approaches to broaden the appeal from an early age
  • Teaching more-complex topics at KS3 to challenge and stimulate students across the academic spectrum
  • Tracking and monitoring your KS3 students to ensure high levels of progress and development

2.30 – 3.00pm
How to promote Classics successfully at KS3

  • Co-curricular Classics as a successful recruitment tool
  • How to build trips into your schemes of work and top locations to explore, Home and Abroad
  • Develop cross-curricular links to help embed Classics in the curriculum in your school

3.00 – 3.05pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.05 – 3.45pm
Using Technology in the KS3 Classics Classroom

  • Openers, Segues, and Plenaries
  • Teaching visual/material sources using IT
  • Annotation tools for teaching text
  • Apps for Assessment

Ben Tanner

Ben is Head of Humanities at RGS Worcester, with ten years experience as Head of Classics. He has significant experience of teaching both OCR and AQA Classical Civilisation specifications, in a range of educational contexts, and has recently been an AQA A Level examiner.

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Oliver Patrick

Oliver is Head of Classics at Perrott Hill, an outstanding Preparatory School in Somerset. He has eight years’ experience teaching a wide range of abilities in the KS3 classroom. He has achieved successful outcomes by creating an immersive linguistic environment to encourage reluctant learners and challenge the more able.

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