ARLT INSET for Teachers: March 2010

Full details of this INSET day are now available on the ARLT website here.

Book by Friday February 12th to avoid disappointment!

Pictures from the ArLT INSET in Cambridge

Hellenic Book Service
Hellenic Book Service
OCR presentation
Full session
Full session
Peter Geall's school trips session
Peter Geall's school trips session
Full session
Wilf and David
Hilary Walters' Juvenal session
Peter Geall's school trips session

Good news – the ARLT INSET/Summer School brochure is ready

I have just received copies of the Summer School/INSET brochure, looking good.

I shall try to make the details available on line, but the contact meanwhile is

Robert Grant
Nottingham High School
Waverley Mount
Nottingham NG7 4ED
Tel. 07779 567245

Total cost £390 en-suite, £320 standard, which should be met from your school budget. There are £100 bursaries available, but (in my personal view) it would be kind if just people who have to pay their own way apply for these.

Oh, and a reminder of the dates and place:

MOnday 27th July to Saurday 1st August at Wills Hall, University of Bristol.

Option group will include
As and A2 set texts
AS and A2 Classical Civilisation
GCSE set texts
Cambridge Latin Course
Latin pronunciation
Classical literature and its influence
Classroom drama
Reading Greek drama

Look a good list to me. THose who wish to keep their noses to the grindstone can opt for the first choices; those feeling a bit more laid back can got for the last ones. Or pick and mi.

Peakers will include Julian Morgan, ICT specialist
Steven Hunt, Faculty of Education, Cambridge University
Dr Genevieve Liveley, Liverpool University
D Kathryn Tempest, Roehampton University
Malcolm Smith, Principal Examiner OCR AS lit.
Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden, storytellers. (intriguing!)
Simon Smith, wine expert, The WInes of Italy and Greece (different!)
Andy Smith, Nottingham High School, sharing good classroom practice.

Go on, register today!

More about the ArLT Summer School

There are more details, with an application form, here.

ArLT Summer School – the first details

See the display ad here.

Refresher Day INSET March 7th – latest

Tracey Headland our Administrator for the day has just sent me the latest update for Saturday 7th March, including last-minute contact details for anyone who has missed the deadline for registering.

The update is here:

Tracey adds

If people want to apply last minute, they can either call me on 01223 321118 or email

I am hoping I may be able to attend myself – suffering poor health, but I’d love to be there.  (David writing)

ARLT INSET Day Sat 7th March – new deadline

March INSET Day
The date for registration for the INSET in Cambridge on Saturday March 7th has been changed. You can now register up to 28th February.

For details of the INSET please see this page.

ARLT INSET in Cambridge

The annual INSET Day (Refresher Day) will be held on Saturday 7th March at Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, home of the Cambridge International School, beginning at 10.30am. The director is Russell Lord, and the course secretary is Tracey Headland.

The cost, including lunch and all refreshments, is just £25.

There will be one keynote address, and the rest of the day will be taken up with discussion groups on topics that are relevant to practising teachers. Follow the link below for an application form, and for an invitation to introduce a group discussion on a topic you feel is important.

See the details here.

Summer School update 2 – lectures

The latest list of lectures at the ARLT Summer School in Uppingham School, from Monday 21st July to Saturday 26th July 2008.


  • Dr Mark Bradley, University of Nottingham: Purple: colour, culture and meaning in ancient Rome
  • Ashley Carter: The new A level Latin and Greek specifications
  • Dr Patrick Finglass, University of Nottingham: Greek Epic
  • Will Griffiths, Cambridge School Classics Project: teaching Latin for the non-specialist teacher
  • Dr Claire Gruzelier, teacher and member of Omnibus team: Off the beaten track, Conimbriga
  • Professor Thomas Harrison, Liverpool University, Chairman of JACT Council: Herodotus
  • Dr Richard Hawley, Royal Holloway College: Greek Symposia
  • Michael Jones, Lincoln City Council: a tour of Roman Lincoln
  • Dr Jenny March, Editor CA News: Women in Greek Tragedy
  • Wilf O'Neill: Classics isn't only in books
  • Dr Kathryn Tempest, Roehampton University: Rhetoric and the Law Courts, Cicero's pro Roscio Amerino

Summer School update 1 – option groups

A lot more detail about the option groups at the ARLT Summer School in Uppingham School, from Monday 21st July to Saturday 26th July 2008.

Option Groups

  • A1. Virgil Aeneid XII OCR AS/A2 Prescriptions, Pat Bunting.

    We shall look at the text primarily for pleasure but also with an eye on teaching the material. Plenty of time for discussion – reading aloud optional! – as we investigate in detail the three best bits.

  • A2. Brush up your Greek, Helen Morrison
  • A3. A level Latin language teaching, Hilary Coote.

    How to consolidate and enhance the progress of your pupils from GCSE to A Level/Pre U. We will discuss teaching and learning methods for all aspects of the language papers, and how to integrate this work into preparation for the literature papers.

  • A4. Latin for years 6, 7 and 8, Linda Soames.

    We shall look at the courses and resources available for pupils starting off in Latin, at ways of engaging younger pupils' attention and motivating them to want to choose Latin as an option higher up the school. The emphasis will be on sharing ideas and experiences and finding practical solutions to problems.

  • B1. Catullus, Sarah Bourne.

    Do you remember why we chose to study Classics? Not because the book is on a syllabus, but because we appreciate good literature which has lasted 2000 years. We shall look at our favourite poems and talk about them! Come with a text and be prepared to contribute your ideas.

  • B2. Gifted and Talented Learning Styles, Allison Caplan.

    These workshops will begin by looking at practical learning styles for Visual, Aural and Kinaesthetic learners and the role of emotional intelligence in the classroom. Following on from this the workshops will look at the specific needs of Gifted and Talented students with a focus on teaching styles.

  • B3. Teaching Literature AS and A2 Classical Civilisation, Andy Swithinbank.

    A discussion group in which different approaches to the reading, analysis, discussion and revision of literary modules in Classical Civilisation will be analysed. The focus of the group is on stimulating discussion on novel approaches and good practice.

  • B4. Latin GCSE set texts 2009, Jude Morton.

    The main focus will be on the CLA prose selections and Aeneid VI, covering teaching approaches and exam-style questions for both verse and prose.

  • B5. Read It Right! – practical Latin pronunciation, Wilf O'Neill.

    A workshop on how to read accurately. The emphasis will be on practice, with perhaps a little theory, and there will be the opportunity – though no compulsion! – to read aloud. Notes and reading material will be provided. .

  • C1. Aeneid VI; Aeneas in the Underworld, Geoffrey Osborne.

    We will begin at line 426, continuo auditae voces, and see how far we get. The main emphasis will be on the correct reading aloud of the text, but you will be free to discuss any matters relating to the text. Please bring a text with you (any edition).

  • C2. Classical Drama for the 9-12 age group, Sarah Parnaby.

    Offering and sharing ideas for bringing Classical stories to life through short performances; an opportunity to take part in a simple version of an epic tale.

  • D3. The Odyssey for AS Classical Civilisation. (AQA and OCR), Fiona Gow

    We shall deal with the practicalities of planning the year and making best use of lesson time. We shall also discuss key characters and themes, and how to help our students please the examiners. If you are new to teaching the Odyssey, your questions will be welcome; if you have taught it before, please bring material and ideas to share.

  • C4. Cambridge Latin Course Book 4, Hilary Walters.

    A discussion group to share ideas and materials on how to teach this book. Please bring any ideas you have to the sessions. Relatively new teachers will probably find this most useful, but experienced teachers are welcome to share their expertise.

  • D1. Tackling Sallust for A2, Marian Ciuca.

    A discussion group concentrating on some of the passages from the de coniuratione Catilinae, investigating its historical background, language and grammar, style and Sallust's literary influence. Please bring your own text and translation.

  • D2. Classroom games, Lynda Goss.

    A variety of games suitable for Latin and/or Class. Civ. students from beginners to A2 will be explained and played. Participants will have the opportunity to share any games they play in their own schools. NB If you've attended this group before, there will be some new games.

  • D3. Latin prose composition, Robert West

    In this group we shall share ideas on how to prepare pupils for the A2 prose composition option (apparently continuing in the new specification) and also for the AS English into Latin sentences option (the first coming in 2009). We might spend more time on the second. We shall look at how to approach this work, which textbooks might be useful, and perhaps at particular areas if we feel we want to. We shall do exercises ourselves, and try to spot some (deliberate!) mistakes made by the Group Leader.

  • D4. Reading Greek – Euripides, Laura Beech.

    This is for anyone who would like to read some Greek for personal enjoyment, and perhaps to look afresh at plays well known through the teaching of Classical Civilisation. There will be selections from well known plays eg. Medea, Bacchae and perhaps Trojan Women. Lexical help will be provided. Please email Laurabeech(at) if you have any suggestions or requests.