Hands Up Education conference


Our conference sessions this summer are all online and will run via Zoom. All sessions are free of charge and open to everyone. Places are limited to 100 delegates per session, so we advise you to book early and ask that you let us know in advance if you are unable to attend. You are welcome to come to as many or as few sessions as you wish. Sessions will last one hour. Recordings of the sessions will be freely available on our website until the end of September.

Tuesday 4th August 10 am BST
New Eduqas literature selection: Magic and Superstition
Session details

This session is appropriate for UK teachers preparing students for Eduqas GCSE.

If you’re a non-specialist Latin teacher, or lack confidence in teaching literature, then this is the session for you. Sara will take one or two extracts from the new Magic and Superstition prescription and first discuss the literary elements within them. She’ll then look at ways of engaging the students with the literature during the year, and preparing them for their GCSE assessment in the summer.

Thursday 6th August 4 pm BST, 11 am EST
An introduction to Suburani
Session details

In this one-hour session we'll give you an overview of Suburani. We'll look at its aims, some of its characters, which elements of language are covered when, its cultural topics, the locations in which the storyline is set, and its approach to myth and history. We'll also take a quick look at the online edition of the course, together with the software that's available to support teaching and learning with Suburani. The session is designed for those who want a quick introduction to the course.

Tuesday 11th August 4 pm BST, 11 am EST
Teaching Roman culture in a reading course
Session details

This session will use Suburani as its model, but will be appropriate for teachers using other reading courses.

Many reading courses are set in the ancient world not because the study of Roman civilization forms an interesting background to learning Latin, nor because it helps to sweeten the pill of Latin grammar, but because the creators thought the purpose of learning Latin was to gain an understanding of the ancient world and its peoples. In this session we'll explore how we can use images in the texts to develop students' knowledge of the ancient world, and how we can use stories as sources, developing skills which students can later use to interrogate original Latin texts. We will also consider techniques for using the secondary and primary cultural material in our courses, both inside and outside the classroom.

Thursday 13th August 4 pm BST, 11 am EST
Varying your approach to stories in a reading course
Session details

This session will use Suburani as its model, but will be appropriate for teachers using other reading courses.

By their nature, reading courses include a very high number of stories. It's easy to fall into the habit of taking a similar approach with every story. Whether you're new to a reading course, or have been using one for many years, this session aims to provide you with a wide variety of approaches to stories. We'll look at how stories are written, what they aim to achieve, and how we can get the most out of them. We'll also think about differentiating our approach for those students who struggle and for those who want a greater challenge, and we'll consider ways in which we can adapt our teaching when time is limited.

Tuesday 18th August 4 pm BST, 11 am EST
Language teaching with Suburani
Session details

This session is appropriate for those who plan to teach with Suburani in the next few years.

We'll first look at the linguistic map of the first two books, in order to set the context. Then we'll take a couple of chapters as case studies, and investigate how the language develops through each chapter. We'll look at how to use the images in the graphic stories to help introduce new language, how to develop that initial introduction through the subsequent stories, how to prepare for and use the language notes, and the ways in which we can use the ancillary materials in the book and the website to consolidate learning. We'll also explain how the vocabulary for the course has been chosen, and we'll consider a variety of methods for helping students with their language acquisition.

Thursday 20th August 4 pm BST, 11 am EST
Digital support for Suburani, and tracking student progress
Session details

This session is appropriate for those who are interested in the digital support for Suburani.

We'll start with a short overview of how school, student, and individual accounts work. Then we'll look at the existing digital support for Suburani, including the online edition and the online print and digital ancillary materials. From there we'll move on to look at the vocabulary trainer, outlining the way in which it operates and the information it passes to the student and the teacher. Finally, we'll look ahead to the new digital activities we are developing, and the analyses of a student's strengths and weaknesses which the activities will generate, with the aim of helping teachers provide better support for each individual student.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us at contact@hands-up-education.org.