This webinar will examine the key elements necessary for success when teaching ancient literature for Paper 2. The techniques for looking at ancient literature will be relevant for teachers following either the Homeric World, Roman City Life or War and Warfare options. There will be a focus on how to meet the AO2 requirement for the detailed and extended response questions. The webinar will also examine exemplar material, looking at how students can adopt useful techniques to boost their marks.


  • Gain a clear understanding of how to teach literary content and style
  • Look closely at how to assess pupils’ responses on the higher tariff questions
  • Take away best practice example answers


  • All teachers of GCSE Classical Civilisation

Alastair Thorley

Alastair is the Head of Classics at Stockport Grammar School. The school has a department of four full-time Classics teachers. He teaches Latin and Classical Civilisation at all levels of the school. After its introduction 14 years ago, Classical Civilisation remains strong at the school with around 100 pupils studying the subject at GCSE and 40 continuing to AS/A Level. Alastair has taught GCSE Classical Civilisation for 17 years. In the last three years 76% of his pupils have achieved either A* or A.

He currently marks the Epic and Myth paper for OCR and AS Classical Civilisation for AQA. Alistair contributed to two of the Bloomsbury/OCR A Level Classical Civilisation text books: “Invention of the Barbarian” and “Love and Relationships”.

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