TRAINING DAYS AT WARWICK SCHOOL

From David Stephenson…

I am arranging for three events to happen, live if permissible and remote if not, at Warwick School. Two of them are geared around supporting pupils preparing for public examinations but, given the lack thereof this Summer, will be more generally focused on how we support our students. (As opposed to spending some of it reviewing and discussing scripts.) There is a chance the Hellenic Bookservice will be selling their wares at these.

Mon Jan 11th – new ICT from lockdown (am) / new Latin courses (pm): for the morning I am hoping to arrange various breakout options to look at new ICT which has been used during lockdown but which can now enhance live teaching too. You are most welcome to come to this without offering anything but I invite anyone who has mastered a particular piece of new ICT – no matter how left-field – which they think will continue to be worth using live, to come and talk about it in a breakout group. Absolutely not high-falluting and unrealistically advanced – just bottom line key uses of anything you have cracked these past months. The Warwick classicists will offer a couple too, of course! For example, one member of my department has spent a lot of time using Peardeck. In the afternoon we will have presentations by i) Will Griffifths from Hands Up Education on the new “Suburani” course, ii) Katherine Radice, Head of Classics at the Stephen Perse School in Cambridge, on her new “De Romanis” course, and iii) someone from CSCP will speak about their latest developments and resources.

Fri Jan 29th – Greek GCSE and GCE (led by John Taylor): ideas around ensuring that our candidates are properly and thoroughly prepared and stretched, certainly to include specific suggestions of converting 8 to 9 / A to A* (rather harder for Greek than for Latin, I imagine many in the fortunate position of teaching both would agree!) I should think that John needs no introduction with his many Greek textbook publications and extensive experience in the examining of Greek. He has regularly addressed groups on them for OCR and Keynote Education.

Mon Feb 8th – Class. Civ. GCSE (am) and GCE (pm) (led by Caroline Bristow): on what is needed for the exam but also classroom teaching focused. We would likely work through elements of the specification (source work, essay technique, use of scholarship etc.) and look at ideas for teaching them in detail. Caroline is now Director of CSCP but was previously a Classics subject officer for OCR and was heavily involved in the production of the current GCSE and GCE specifications. She has regularly addressed groups on them for OCR.

I will need to ask for a nominal contribution towards this to cover the speakers’ and catering costs. I do not envisage more than £40-50 per school represented (send as many as you like) for the Greek and ICT/new courses day (unless your school is offering an ICT breakout in which case it’s free), and £100 for the Class. Civ. one. This would include a hot and cold buffet lunch as well as refreshments at various points in the day – I’m not kidding when I say our caterers are really rather good at catering for events like this! If the rules force us to run remotely instead, the costs will reduce significantly.

If you are interested in any or all of these training days, please email me on d.stephenson@warwickschool.org and indicate which one(s). Please also let me know if you do not want to come (all the way) to Warwick for a live affair but would be interested in attending a remote one. Please would you let me know by the beginning of November, at which point I will produce the exact programme for each day after inviting input from those concerned.

I look forward to hearing from all who are interested. Please do tell me if you would like to be removed from any future mailings.

Yours sincerely,
David Stephenson.