ABOUT THIS COURSE

We are delighted to offer our GCSE Latin Conference course for 2021, which offers teachers of GCSE Latin and others involved an opportunity to reinvigorate your teaching practice and will take a fresh look at how to maximise the attainment of your GCSE Latin class.  The conference will also explore the impact of the pandemic on Latin teaching, considering approaches to mitigate for the reduction in teaching time, as well as exploring a range of approaches and strategies for teaching both Language and Literature to reinvigorate and refresh teaching methods.

On Literature emphasis will be on the current set texts for examination in 2022 offering refreshed and new ways and approaches of teaching the set texts, as well as exploring tactics for success in the longer questions.

The conference sessions will be presented by expert Latin practitioners Dr James Burbidge (Head of Classics, Tonbridge School), Rob Taylor ( Classics Department, St Paul’s School) and Katherine Radice (Curriculum Leader for Classics, Stephen Perse Foundation)

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Explore the impact of the pandemic on Latin teaching
  • Take away proven strategies, approaches and methods for teaching the set texts to motivate and inspire students
  • Take away reinvigorated and refreshed approaches to teaching GCSE Language
  • Explore ways of building a stimulating and inspiring Latin pathway from KS3 through GCSE and beyond to A level
  • Enhance your exam tactics approaches
DATE & LOCATION London | Thursday 25 November 2021
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? 
  •     Heads of Classics
  •     Teachers of GCSE Latin
  •     Teachers of KS3 Classics
COURSE CODE 8640
INCLUDED
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

10.00 – 10.40am: Key Messages Raised in 2021  

  • Exploring the issues raised by the pandemic and remote learning – what impact has this had on teaching and learning?
  • What did we learn from marking the end-of-course scripts?
  • Has the experience changed the way we approach in-classroom teaching?

Rob Taylor

Classics Department, St Paul’s School

 

10.40 – 11.00am: Break

 

11.00 – 11.45am:  Preparing to Succeed in Language: Inspiring and Effective Approaches

  • The key elements involved teaching translation and comprehension with the desired consistency of ‘a high degree of accuracy’
  • How to vary the approaches and methods to support student needs
  • Supporting students in demonstrating ‘accurate knowledge and understanding of diverse aspects of literature and/or sources’
  • Dealing with the longer passages and complex sentences
  • The tricky parts – tips and techniques for helping pupils

Katherine Radice

Curriculum Leader for Classics, Stephen Perse Foundation

 

11.45 – 12.45pm:  Option  Strand 1

1A:  Prose B – Tacitus Germanicus et Piso – Refreshed and Reinvigorated Approaches

  • Ideas and approaches to how this set text can most effectively and engagingly be taught
  • Exploring the kinds of resources (printed and electronic) that might be used
  • Creative approaches to how one might lead in to the study of this set text:
  • how to engage students’ interest in the content, and in Tacitus’ style and language
  • how to manage ongoing assessment
  • how one might integrate the study of literature and language effectively at GCSE

Dr James Burbidge

Head of Classics, Tonbridge School

 

1B:  KS Classics – Recruiting students for GCSE Latin from KS3

  • Building a stimulating and inspiring pathway from KS3 through to GCSE and beyond
  • Ensuring your KS3 programme is challenging, engaging, and motivating to students of all abilities
  • Teaching approaches which work well with KS3 students, as well as preparing them for the next stage
  • Classics outside the classroom at KS3

 

Katherine Radice

Curriculum Leader for Classics, Stephen Perse Foundation

 

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch

 

1.45 – 2.45pm: Option Strand 2:

2A Verse  Set Text – Virgil, Aeneid, 2.506-558, 705-740, 768-794 – engaging ways to teach this  set text.  

  • Exploring ways in which the set portion of Aeneid 2 might most effectively and engagingly be taught
  • Considering what kinds of resources (printed and electronic) might be used
  • How one might lead in to the study of the set text –
    • how to engage students’ interest in the content, and in Vergil’s style and language
    • how to manage ongoing assessment
    • how one might integrate the study of literature and language effectively at GCSE.

Dr James Burbidge

Head of Classics, Tonbridge School

 

2B: Promoting the Uptake of GCSE Latin

  • Encouraging prospective students to take up GCSE Latin
  • The importance of students enjoying, and being inspired by, their study of Latin
  • Creating a Classics community and ‘brand’ which resonates with students
  • Latin beyond the classroom: ideas for co-curricular engagement.
  • Should you introduce Gratin? The pros and cons.

Katherine Radice

Curriculum Leader for Classics, Stephen Perse Foundation

 

2.45 – 3.00pm: Afternoon Tea

 

3.00 – 3.45pm: Achieving the Top Grades in GCSE Latin

  • Content overload – how to ensure continued revision and recall throughout the course
  • The exam – coping with the time pressures and making sure to answer the questions correctly
  • Accessing the top band – examples of ‘9’ Grades in both Language and Literature
  • Last minute revision advice and preparation to ensure the ‘9’.
  • Outside the syllabus: extending and challenging the most able

Rob Taylor

Classics Department, St Paul’s School

 

Dr James Burbidge

Dr James Burbidge has been Head of Classics at Tonbridge School since 2014, where he oversees a department of six teachers. He previously taught at New Hall School for three years, and before that worked as a Lecturer in Latin and Greek at Oxford University. He has published articles on Latin poetry and recently a commentary for Bloomsbury on part of Aeneid 12 for A Level Latin students 

Katherine Radice

Katherine Radice is the Curriculum Leader for Classics at the Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge and an experienced examiner.  She is the co-author of several school-level Latin textbooks, including a new KS3 Latin course tailored to achieve smooth progression to GCSE for Latin, Classical Civilisation or Ancient History.

Robert Taylor 

Robert Taylor has been a teacher of Classics at St Paul’s School in London since 2013.  He teaches Latin, Greek and Ancient History from years 9-13, including Oxbridge preparation.  He also teaches at the JACT Classical Civilisation and Ancient History Summer School, at which he has recently become director.