This course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve Grades 8 & 9 in GCSE Latin exams.  Led by our highly respected and successful presenter Henry Cullen, the course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for both language and literature options which will stretch and challenge able students and develop their higher level skills. Using feedback from the first two years of examinations with the new specifications, the course will explore what is expected of high ability students and outline ways to build your teaching practice around this.


  • Focused on identifying the demands of Grades 8 & 9 and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
  • Detailed analysis of the demands of different questions across the language and literature papers
  • Mark schemes, examiners’ reports and sample answers at Grades 8-9 will be analysed
  • Materials will be provided to help teachers to cover the content in innovative and student-friendly ways that push the highest ability students
  • Both OCR and Eduqas specifications will be addressed through the day.
DATE & LOCATION Online| Tuesday 22 June 2021
  • All teachers of GCSE Latin
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • 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
Grades 8-9: what do they involve?

  • Key behaviours of Grade 8/9 students: what marks out a top GCSE Latinist?
  • How can we design schemes of work to encourage these?
  • Feedback and grading analysis from the 2018 & 2019 papers: what standards are top students expected to meet?
  • Analysis of mark schemes and examiners’ reports: which questions differentiate the most?

10.40 – 11.00am
Coffee break and informal discussion

11.00 a.m. – 12.30pm
Teaching language: key challenges
for Grade 8-9 students

  • Reviewing the GCSE language exam papers: where is an 8/9 achieved or lost?
  • Creative approaches to learning, testing and revising vocabulary
  • Unseen translation: varying the nature of the challenge
  • Using grammatical analysis and English-to-Latin to stretch top students
  • Pushing beyond the GCSE language syllabus: extension ideas
  • Revision tips to ensure top level students succeed in the exams

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.10pm
Teaching literature: stretching and challenging able students

  • The jump from GCSE papers to real Latin – supporting and stretching top students
  • The value of context – using who?/what?/when?/why? questions to stimulate thinking
  • Reading set texts in nuanced ways – different approaches to discussing and writing about ‘style’
  • Activities to encourage personal responses to texts – provoking debates

2.10 – 2.30pm
Informal discussion and tea

2.30 – 3.10pm
Literature exams: tactics for shorter questions, style questions and essays

  • Detailed analysis of OCR and Eduqas questions of different tariffs
  • Focus on the style questions and mini-essays: what does a grade 8/9 candidate need to do?
  • Activities for the classroom to stretch the most able
  • Working to the standard: reviewing specimen scripts
  • Revision ideas for ensuring full knowledge of the texts

3.10 – 3.30pm
Plenary discussion and depart