Online | Tuesday 12 October 2021

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This webinar will examine the key contextual knowledge for success when teaching Virgil’s Aeneid. Within the webinar we shall also discuss some of the key areas of scholarly debate in Virgil’s Aeneid and consider the different academic interpretations of the text. One of the biggest challenge of the new Classical Civilisation A level is teaching and supporting students with deploying modern scholarship. This webinar will outline effective teaching approaches to modern scholarship, how to embed scholarship within the curriculum and how to effectively support students to use scholarship in 30 mark exam questions.


  • Provide effective take-away ideas of approaches and methods for the teaching of modern scholarship.
  • Develop understanding of the key academic debates in Virgil’s Aeneid.
  • Find out what is meant by the mark schemes requirement to engage with ‘scholars and/or academic works’.
  • Look at examples of how modern scholarship has been deployed effectively in 30 mark essays.


  • A Level Classical Civilisation Teachers and Heads of Classics




4:00-4:05pm: Welcome

  • Welcome and sound checks for attendees.


4:05-4:20 pm: Scholarly debates within Virgil’s Aeneid

  • Analysing the key scholarly debates within the Aeneid.
  • An overview of the main areas of debate.


4:20-4:50pm: Modern Scholarship within the curriculum

  • Embedding scholarship into the curriculum.
  • Teaching scholarship effectively within lessons.
  • Supporting students to engage with scholarship independently.
  • Supporting students to use scholarship successfully within their exam answers


4:50-5:05pm: 30 Mark Exam Question Activity

  • Look at examples of how scholarship has been deployed by students in 30 mark essays.


Gemma Williams

Gemma is the Curriculum Leader for Classics at Allerton Grange School in Leeds. She has experience of teaching GCSE and A level Classical Civilisation specifications as well as Classics at Key Stage 3. Gemma teachers Homer’s Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid, Imperial Image and Greek Religion at A level.

In 2021 Gemma won awards from the Classical Association and Classics for All for her promotion of the teaching of classical subjects within schools and providing support to other schools with establishing Classical Civilisation within the curriculum at A level.