Each year, a number of A Level Classical Civilisation students will join the course without any prior knowledge of the Ancient World or experience of applying the skills they need to succeed. They may also be in larger, mixed ability groups which poses a further challenge in ensuring the performance of all students is maximised.

This course will help both new and experienced teachers of Classical Civilisation reflect on their induction period, as well as identify ways to structure the course in a way that is the most accessible to students. Individual sessions will also look at how to differentiate learning, most notably with regards to improving student essay writing skills and supporting all students with the scholarship requirement of the 30 mark essay. There will also be hints and tips along the way for how to keep students engaged and motivated, as well as how to promote and grow your course.



  • Find out how to tackle the induction period when students are entirely new to the ancient world.
  • Learn how to promote and grow your course
  • Explore the best ways to structure and organise the course.
  • Takeaway ideas for creating new resources to supplement student learning
  • Develop ways to help all students reach their potential
  • Find out how to successfully incorporate the scholarship requirement
  • Discover how to give effective feedback in large group settings
  • Take away fresh ideas, approaches and methods that keep students confident and motivated

DATE & LOCATION:  Online | Thursday 14 October 2021

London | Thursday 20 January 2022

  • Heads of Classics
  • Teachers of A Level Classical Civilisation
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 – 10.30am: How to tackle the induction period with students entirely new to the ancient world

  • Addressing ways to quickly engage students who have never studied the ancient world before.
  • Identifying the type of background content students require before they can successfully move on to the set OCR modules.
  • Learning how to diagnose student starting points on the course.
  • Ensuring induction periods are more inclusive, including finding ways to take a more global approach to the ancient world and how to raise student awareness of inherent biases within the field.


10.30 – 11.15am: Effective Ways to Plan and Structure the A Level Classical Civilisation Course.

  • Sequencing content over the course span of two years to allow opportunities to re-visit material and embed deeper knowledge with retrieval practice techniques.
  • Producing resources that are accessible and support the learning of all students.
  • Tackling the challenge of how to stay flexible in changing times and deliver the A Level Classical Civilisation course in a blended learning environment or solely online.

11.15-11.30am: Break

11.30 – 12.30pm: Developing Students’ essay skills with a particular focus on structure.

  • Developing the structure of student essays
  • Moving students onto A/A* and B grades
  • Addressing questions and question types: why do students sometimes write mediocre essays and how can we help them to improve?
  • Exam techniques and tips to maximise all students’ opportunity for success

12.30 – 12.45pm: Quick Fire Top Tips for Keeping Students Engaged and Motivated 


12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch


1.45 – 2.45pm: Ensuring all students can apply the scholarship requirement of the 30 mark question.

  • Selecting appropriate scholarship that is broad and flexible.
  • Tackling the challenge of getting students to recall the different scholars and their ideas.
  • Embedding scholars’ views in the 30 mark essays to meet examiner’s expectations and show active engagement with the ideas.
  • Maximising marks for the lower ability students in the scholarship requirement.


2.45 – 3.30pm: Providing effective feedback and ensuring all learners act on it.

  • Tackling the challenge of giving timely and effective feedback in a whole group setting.
  • Encouraging students to act on the feedback given.
  • Addressing ways to incorporate peer and self assessment.

3.30 – 3.45pm: Promoting and Building Up Your Student Numbers

  • Encouraging prospective students to take up A Level Classical Civilisation
  • Utilising social media to raise awareness of your course
  • Creating a Classics community and ‘brand’.

3.45pm: Depart

Francesca Grilli

has been Course Leader for A Level Classical Civilisation at Runshaw College in Leyland, Lancashire since 2012 when she first set the course up. Today over 100 students study A Level Classical Civilisation, and despite having never studied the Ancient World, on average 74% of students go on to achieve grades A*-B. Francesca has spent the past year working alongside the Warwick Classics Network to produce a series of revision videos for both Greek Art and Greek Religion which can be found on the Runshaw Classics YouTube channel as well as the Warwick STOA site. Earlier this year, Francesca was awarded a Teaching prize by the Classical Association for Outstanding Initiative in the State Sector and is currently nominated for an Excellence award from Classics for All.