This popular course aims to support teachers in achieving learning outcomes with their students at all levels. Providing practical advice, real world examples and useful resources, delegates will leave with strategies that can be applied immediately. The day will focus on student outcomes and how it is through marginal gains in the planning, teaching and assessment of our lessons that we can achieve a significant improvement in grades.

We will look at how to interpret and use the material provided by the examination board: mark schemes, specimen assessment materials and candidate model answers, and ways of preparing students for success in 2019.


  • Develop confidence in teaching the new specification and in teaching a wide range of primary source material
  • Develop planning and teaching to raise standards and achievement levels
  • Understand how to accurately assess students’ progress
  • Develop strategies to help students achieve Grades 7 – 9 as well as Grade 5
  • Developing our ability to create successful teaching materials
  • Teaching methods and resources designed to maintain the pupils’ interest throughout the course
COURSE DATES London Friday 15 November 2019
  • All teachers of Classical Civilisation
  • Heads of Classics
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 – 10.30am
An Overview of the new specification

  • Planning a scheme of work effectively
  • How to structure your course to effectively chart the progress of students so they develop the requisite skills
  • The outline and expectations of the new exam: what is it essential to be aware of?
  • Adapting teaching approaches to the new specification
  • Grabbing the interest of the students

10.30 – 11.00am
Discussion: coffee break

11.00 – 12.00pm
Preparing the students for the Thematic Study Examination

  • Looking in detail at the two different topics: Myth and Religion and Women in the Ancient World
  • Identifying the skills necessary for producing effective examination responses
  • Teaching the students to engage with and analyse ancient sources effectively
  • Dealing with questions comparing Greeks and Romans

12.00 – 1.00pm
Preparing the students for the Literature and Culture Examination

  • Looking in detail at the three different topics: The Homeric World, Roman City Life, War and Warfare
  • Identifying the skills necessary for producing effective examination responses
  • Communicating the plot, themes and characterisation in literature effectively
  • Enabling the students to respond effectively to stylistic analysis questions
  • Practical strategies to help students form a personal connection with the literature

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 3.00pm
Preparing for the examination

  • Responding effectively to the increased range of question types
  • Revising effectively for the examination
  • Developing effective examination technique in every student
  • Understanding and responding to the Assessment Objectives
  • How to mark candidate responses and practical and accessible advice to students for exam success

3.00 – 3.10pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.10 – 3.40pm
Maximising the performance of all students throughout the course and in the examination

  • Identifying common difficulties with learning and analysing primary sources from the ancient world
  • How to make effective use of the OCR textbook
  • Enabling learners to revise effectively: what can they do? what can we do?
  • Targeting Grade 5; Targeting Grade 9

3.40 – 3.45pm
Final questions

Alastair Thorley

Alastair is the Head of Classics at Stockport Grammar School. The school has a department of four full-time Classics teachers. He teaches Latin and Classical Civilisation at all levels of the school. After its introduction 14 years ago, Classical Civilisation remains strong at the school with around 100 pupils studying the subject at GCSE and 40 continuing to AS/A Level. Alastair has taught GCSE Classical Civilisation for 17 years. In the last three years 76% of his pupils have achieved either A* or A.

He currently marks the Epic and Myth paper for OCR and AS Classical Civilisation for AQA. Alistair contributed to two of the Bloomsbury/OCR A Level Classical Civilisation text books: “Invention of the Barbarian” and “Love and Relationships”.

View all courses led by Alastair Thorley >

GCSE Classical Civ