This course is primarily aimed at recently qualified teachers, non specialists, and those returning to GCSE Classical Civilisation after a break, but would be relevant to more experienced practitioners looking for insight and a confidence boost. The course offers support and inspiration to successfully teach the OCR GCSE specification, tackle the key challenge areas, get to grips with the core skills required and examiner expectations, and take away fresh approaches and effective practical strategies to ensure meaningful learning, understanding and therefore raised achievement.


  • Enhance your familiarity and confidence with the new specification
  • Enhance your understanding of the links with previous qualifications
  • Explore the core skills needed to achieve top GCSE Grades
  • Take away robust strategies to strengthen your scheme of work
  • Pick up practical IT tips to use in your classroom
COURSE DATES London | Monday 18 November 2019
  • Heads of department looking for “nuts and bolts” insight and rejuvenated practice
  • Teachers who have recently started teaching GCSE Classical Civilisation
  • Non-specialist Classics teachers looking for support and inspiration
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 10.45am
Overview of the Specification

  • Explore the nature and structure of the specification and its papers
  • Gain an overview of the Assessment Objectives and their relationship to marking
  • Understand the benefits and challenges of the specification

10.45 – 11.05am

11.05– 11.50am
The Road Ahead: Planning for Successful Delivery

  • Identify the key challenges of the course
  • Enhance focus on these areas to maximise outcomes for learners
  • Explore strategies to lay firm foundations in specification delivery
  • Consider how skills and content complement each other
  • Reflect on the twin aims of examination success and subject inspiration

11.50 – 1pm
Component 1: Thematic Study

  • Explore the core skills needed to achieve top GCSE grades
  • Consider practical strategies to inspire and motivate learners
  • Understand effective approaches to support students’ work with sources
  • Identify ways to embed technical vocabulary to streamline student answers
  • Focus on Assessment Objectives: balancing the demands of Literature and Visual / Material culture (AO1)
  • Examine question materials and examiner feedback

1pm – 2pm

2pm – 3pm
Teaching Component 2: Literature & Culture

  • Explore the core skills needed to achieve top GCSE grades
  • Consider how to deliver content in a coherent scheme of work
  • Understand how relationship of components, so teachers work smart, not hard
  • Identify “easy wins” for student satisfaction and success
  • Focus on Assessment Objectives: addressing the increased AO2 demands in the classroom
  • Examine question materials and examiner feedback

3.00 – 3.45pm
Exploiting IT Opportunities to Access Assessment and Deliver Content

  • Identify interactive IT to revitalise teaching and extend learning
  • Consider using IT to structure better lessons
  • Deploy annotation tools for enhanced teaching of literature
  • Streamline assessment models with technology

Refreshments will be taken during the course of the afternoon


Ben Tanner

Ben is Head of Humanities at RGS Worcester, with ten years experience as Head of Classics. He has significant experience of teaching both OCR and AQA Classical Civilisation specifications, in a range of educational contexts, and has recently been an AQA A Level examiner.

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