This course seeks to reinvigorate your teaching practice and will take a fresh look at how to maximise the potential of your A-Level class. It will explore how to make a successful transition from GCSE to A-Level ensuring that pupils have developed the knowledge and skills to make the best possible start to their A-Level study before exploring a range of approaches and strategies for teaching both Language and Literature to invigorate and refresh teaching methods and strategies

Emphasis will be on Literature, targeting the skills needed to succeed in Literature papers and offering refreshed and new ways and approaches of teaching the set texts.

The day is practically focussed, and will explore a range of active approaches, for teaching the unseen translation and the texts, throwing different perspectives into play to stretch able students and bring a creativity into teaching.

This new course is aimed at all teachers who are looking to refresh their teaching, and expand their range of approaches, styles, creativity and rigour. Focus will be placed also on the most challenging parts of the course.


  • Take away proven strategies, approaches and methods for teaching the set texts
  • Gain invaluable insights into how to ensure every student reaches their potential
  • Explore in-depth the demands of the language and literature papers
  • Take away creative ideas for teaching the course.
  • Increase your understanding of common pitfalls in the exams and how to avoid them
  • Discover how to stretch your highest ability students.
  • Find out how to adapt your teaching to the prior knowledge of your students.
DATE & LOCATION Online | Thursday 11 November 2021
  • All teachers of A-Level Latin
  • Head of Classics
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 –10.45am: Making the Leap from GCSE to A-Level

  • Progression from GCSE to A-Level in language and literature

  • Designing the GCSE scheme of work to ensure A-Level success

  • Key areas to focus on from GCSE at the start of the A-Level, especially if learning has been disrupted.

10.45 – 11.00am Break

11.00– 12.00pm: Preparing to Succeed in Unseen Translation: Creative Teaching Approaches

  • Creative approaches to prepare students effectively for unseen translation.
  • Effective methods for helping learners to build on and develop their range of vocabulary.
  • Proven strategies to help students recognise linguistic structures most commonly used by the set authors.
  • Practical ways to ensure students create both accurate and fluent translations every time.

12.00 – 12.50pm: Preparing to Succeed in Comprehension: Creative Teaching Approaches

  • Useful ways to start practising for the comprehension paper from the outset.
  • Practical strategies for students to use in approaching the comprehension paper to maximise marks.
  • Successful approaches to help students develop a deeper understanding of the life and culture of the ancient world to support translation work.

12.50 – 1.50pm: Lunch

1.50 pm- 3.00pm: Reinvigorated Approaches to the set texts: This session will draw on examples from Cicero, Philippic II, Apuleius Metamorphoses IV and V, and Virgil, Aeneid Book XI (2022)

  • Useful advice on choosing the best combination of texts to help your students succeed
  • Fresh approaches to translating the set texts.
  • Effective methods to enable students to excel in critically analysing the set texts.
  • How to deal successfully with context questions.
  • Practical guidance to assist students in selecting the most appropriate information from the material to support their answers.
  • How to ensure that the wider context of the text is not lost by the students

3.00 – 3.05pm: Break

3.05 – 3.45pm: Focus on exams

  • Prose Composition vs Comprehension: which to choose and how to ensure top marks.

  • How to make the most of past papers, marks schemes and specimen scripts

  • How to maximise marks in 20-mark literature questions

  • Revision tips to ensure examination success

3.45 / 4.00pm: Depart

Andrew Christie

teaches Classics at Streatham & Clapham High School GDST. A former Head of Department, he is now Assistant Head (Co-Curricular & Partnerships) and received the 2021 Classical Association Teaching Award for ‘Making Classics More Inclusive’ for his pioneering work to bring Classical subjects to local state-maintained schools in South London. He is an experienced A-Level Latin teacher of 17 years, and in 2020 was a finalist in the i25 awards, which recognises the independent sector’s leading innovators.

Hayley Walker

is the Head of Classics at Streatham & Clapham High School GDST. She completed her PGCE at King’s College London in 2015 before teaching Classics at the West London Free School where she introduced and implemented the successful Latin A Level course. She has 6 years’ experience of Latin GCSE and A Level, teaching through numerous specification changes to students with a wide range of abilities from both the state and independent sectors.