Online | Monday 27 September 2021

Code: 8235


The focus in this webinar will be on bringing the content together, tackling a long text and helping the pupils to remember details from the two very different subject areas of myth and religion.  The webinar will also look at the different demands of the examination questions – what are the common misunderstandings and how to avoid them and where students make common errors. We will examine exemplar student responses to identify what success looks like, targeting the top grades and how to write outstanding answers to the extended response questions.


  • Perfect the students’ learning of specific subject knowledge using proven and highly successful techniques focused on supporting a candidate’s argument in the extended response questions
  • Build confidence in understanding different source types and then developing a framework for analysis
  • Quickly develop the precise question analysis skills needed in the examination


4.10 – 4.15  pm Welcome and Introduction

4.15-4.35 Learning the information – focusing on AO1

  • Learn proven techniques for acquiring information from a range of ancient sources – both visual and literary
  • Look at how the pupils learn the information in the content-heavy course – which sections are easier to remember than others and why?
  • Breaking down the specification into manageable, achievable and coherent units so that students will retain confidence and motivation throughout
  • Developing ways to avoid the feeling that “here is another topic…”
  • Working out exactly what information the student will need to know and then building in revision strategies throughout so that students embed their knowledge

4:35- 4:55: Source analysis – focusing on AO2                           

  • Developing a coherent programme of skills progression as the students work through the primary sources
  • Developing “ownership” of the content so that the pupils are arguing for themselves and not only what they have learned – the pupils will have to empathise with members of an ancient society
  • Using modelling and scaffolding techniques to help the students feel confident in their ability to frame their answers

4:55-5:10pm: Taking the exam  – responding to what the examiner wants                                   

  • Learning how to respond quickly and effectively to the different question types
  • Decoding exam questions so that students can establish what the examiner wants and avoid familiar pitfalls which examiners see every year
  • Considering how to make best use of marking and offering feedback
  • Examples of best practice in students’ work – understanding why high marks have been awarded


Alistair 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”.