This summer 2018 conference is designed for all teachers who are teaching the new specification, looking for new teaching strategies and ideas as well as an opportunity to gain further insights into key areas for teaching.

This year we are pleased to welcome for the first time to the conference Alan Chadwick (Head of Classics, City of London School, author CyberCaesar) who will be leading sessions on ICT in Classics, Gesine Manuwald (Professor of Latin, UCL).

We welcome back Dr John Taylor who will be Chairing the day and taking sessions, and Dr Stuart Thomson who will also be taking a lead role in the conference.


  • Enhance your knowledge of the new specification
  • Gain new approaches, strategies and ideas for teaching GCSE Latin
  • Find out more about how to access the top grades
  • Take away latest guidance on specification resources
CONFERENCE DATE London Thursday 28 June 2018
WHO FOR?  Heads of Classics
All teachers of GCSE Latin
Teachers new to GCSE Latin
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 10.05am: Introduction & Welcome

Dr John Taylor


10.05 – 10.45am: New GCSE Language paper

  • Unseen translations and comprehensions
  • Grammar questions versus English sentences
  • Consolidating vocabulary with digital tools
  • Getting grammar right online
  • Improving translation skills with immediate feedback
  • Gamifying the course

Dr John Taylor and Alan Chadwick


10.45 – 11.05am: Discussion: coffee break


11.05 – 11.45am: Learning from the June 2018 papers

  • Language debrief: difficulty and style
  • The new elements: prose composition & grammar questions
  • Literature debrief: style and content

Dr Stuart Thomson


Option Strand 1 11.45 – 12.45pm

Either Option 1A: Prose A – Land & Sea

  • Tackling unadapted Latin
  • Historical drama in three acts
  • Writing successfully about prose texts

Dr John Taylor

Or Option 1B: 1B: Prose B – Germanicus, Piso and Regulus

  • Imperial authors & imperial politics
  • Dealing with death in the first century
  • Teaching historiography and epistolography

Dr Stuart Thomson

Or Option 1C: How to Double Your Latin Recruitment at GCSE  (KS3 – GCSE)

  • Keeping the subject relevant
  • Maintaining a high profile
  • Staying on stop of new developments
  • Using digital technologies to improve learning

Alan Chadwick


12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch


1.45 – 2.40pm: Option Strand 2

Either Option 2A: Verse A – Passion & Poisons

  • The challenges of Latin verse
  • Catullus, Virgil and Ovid in context
  • Metaphor and symbolism
  • Tackling style questions

Or Option 2B: Verse B – Virgil Aeneid

  • Tackling Virgil’s verse
  • The last days of Troy
  • Character and destiny and epistolography

Gesine Manuwald

Or Option 2C: GCSE Greek session

  • The new Language paper
  • Choosing and teaching set texts
  • Teaching Greek with limited time

Dr John Taylor


2.40 – 2.50pm: Afternoon refreshments


2.50 – 3.40pm: Accessing the Top Grades in GCSE Latin

  • Maximising language marks
  • Literature longer responses: hitting the highest bracket
  • Top tips for the exam room

Dr Stuart Thomson

Dr John Taylor

Examiner, Author, formerly Head of Classics, Tonbridge School

Alan Chadwick

Head of Classics, City of London School, author CyberCaesar

Gesine Manuwald

Professor of Latin, UCL

Dr Stuart Thomson

Classics Department, Christ’s Hospital