This conference, new for Autumn 2017 is designed for all teachers of GCSE Latin looking to achieve strong results in the forthcoming examinations with high standards of teaching and learning.

We are pleased to welcome once again Dr John Taylor (formerly Head of Classics, Tonbridge School, Examiner), Henry Cullen and Claire Le Hur (Classics, Colfe’s School, Greenwich), and Stuart Thomson (Head of Classics, Christ’s Church School). The GCSE Conference this year will focus on effective examination preparation, with emphasis on teaching ideas, approaches and strategies to attain high outcome.


  • Enhance your knowledge of the Papers and the skills students need to develop within those Papers
  • Engage with new approaches, strategies and ideas to inspire and challenge students
  • Learn how to help students achieve their potential in GCSE Latin
  • Take away a range of examination preparation techniques and practices
  • Discuss key issues and preparation practices with colleagues
COURSE DATE London Thursday 23 November 2017
WHO FOR?  Heads of Classics
All teachers of GCSE Latin
Teaching new, or in their early years of teaching GCSE Latin
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch


Additional information

Key StageGCSE
Job TitleSubject Teacher

10.00 – 10.05am: Introduction & Welcome


    10.05 – 10.45am: The June 2018 examination OCR ( 9-1) – changes, challenges, preparation, techniques, discussion

    • Specification overview
    • Grades and expectations
    • Preparing pupils effectively

    Dr John Taylor


    10.45 – 11.05am: Discussion: coffee break


    11.05 – 11.50am: Option Strand 1

    Either Option 1A: Language – Unseen Translations and Comprehension

    • Teaching grammar
    • Successful vocabulary acquisition
    • Developing translation skills

    Dr John Taylor

    Or Option 1B: English to Latin and grammar questions

    • The requirements of the new examination papers
    • Demystifying and familiarising: integrating English to Latin into the everyday routine
    • Exercises to reinforce weaker candidates’ grammatical knowledge • Using grammatical analysis and English to Latin to stretch the top end

    Henry Cullen


    11.50 – 12.45pm: Option Strand 2

    Either Option 2A: Prose text A – Oxford Anthology

    • Texts and contexts
    • The jump to unadapted Latin
    • Tackling style questions

    Dr John Taylor

    Or Option 2B: CLA prose set texts (2018-19 exams) – Druids & Boudica

    • What? When? Why? The value of putting the content and authors into context
    • Talking about ‘style’ and making lit crit easier to approach: why has the author bothered…?
    • Tackling the longer exam questions
    • Revision tactics: the big picture vs the small details

    Henry Cullen

    Or Option 2C: Building extension into GCSE to go beyond and up into A level

    • Recognising the gap: GCSE to A Level
    • Language extension: motivation and skill development
    • Literature beyond the set texts: expanding students’ horizons

    Dr Stuart Thomson


    12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch


    1.45 – 2.40pm: Option Strand 3

    Either Option 3A: Verse Text A – Cambridge Anthology

    • Historical context: the poet in Roman society
    • Genre(s) in Latin poetry: a mixed bag!
    • Themes across the selection: nature and culture

    Dr Stuart Thomson

    Or Option 3B: Verse Text B – Virgil

    • Context – setting up the text and general knowledge for the extended essay question
    • Tackling the translation – how to make this less daunting
    • Approaches to literary criticism including the importance of similes
    • Creative and innovative teaching approaches

    Claire Le Hur

    Or Option 3C: GCSE Greek session

    • Greek in limited time
    • Preparing for the language paper
    • Tackling the set texts

    Dr John Taylor


    2.40 – 3.30pm: Accessing the Top Grades in GCSE Latin

    • Maximising marks on language
    • Writing successfully about literature
    • Top examination techniques/tips

    Dr Stuart Thomson

    Henry Cullen

    Henry teaches Classics at Winchester College. He was previously at Tonbridge School, where latterly he was acting Head of Department. He has taught Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation at all levels from beginner to Oxbridge, tutored school-age and adult learners on restricted timetables, and organised Latin clubs for primary schools. He is Director of Studies for the JACT Greek Summer School held annually at Bryanston School, and is co-author of (with John Taylor and Michael Dormandy) Latin Stories: A GCSE Reader (BCP, 2011) and (with John Taylor) Latin to GCSE (BCP, forthcoming).

    Claire Le Hur

    Claire is Head of Classics at Rugby School. She has also taught on the JACT Greek summer school. She has experience as an examiner both for GCSE and Pre-U and has presented a paper on teaching Latin literature at a conference in Venice.

    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.