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Frequently Asked Questions - Support for Schools

1. Role of the School Facilitator

2. Working Arrangements

3. Resources and Support

 1.Role of the School Facilitator

What is the role of the school facilitator?

  • ​arrange rooms and times for lessons
  • ​arrange set up and booking of any necessary equipment and technical support
  • ​arrange for a teacher to attend and supervise classes
  • ​liaise with school examinations officer over exam entries
  • ​liaise with CSCP tutor on services provided ensuing they are aware of any necessary changes in scheduling (eg Inset days)

Is subject knowledge a requirement for the school facilitator?

No, the school facilitator does not need any prior knowledge of Latin or other Classical subjects.

The facilitator need not be a teacher but could be, for example, a librarian or modern language teaching assistant.  They will, however, need suitable clearance for the supervision of students.

Often, facilitators will enjoy learning alongside the students and they may progress to taking on responsibility for teaching in the future. 

What support is in place for the school facilitator?

The CSCP runs courses in 'How to Teach the Cambridge Latin Course' and in other Classical subject knowledge. School facilitators may find attendance at these training sessions helpful but it is not necessary to fulfil the facilitator role. CSCP teacher CPD courses can be found here.

What technical skills does the school facilitator need?

The facilitator will need to arrange set-up and support for video-conferencing equipment, possibly in conjunction with your School IT support team.
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2. Working Arrangements

How many sessions usually take place?

Schools can choose how many sessions take place, their length and frequency. Arrangements can be made with CSCP to fit in with existing timetables and with the school's ambitions for their students. 

Provision can range from taster video conference sessions to spark interest to a set course of over one or two years. CSCP can support after-school clubs or classes preparing for qualifications, such as GCSE or A level.

Most often, schools start by providing one session per week. For examination classes, schools should allow the same number of lessons per week as for other face to face examination subjects.

What sort of classroom and equipment is needed?

For video conferencing, suitable facilities will be required for the whole class to be able to see and communicate with the CSCP tutor. This may mean providing a Skype connection with a camera and microphone appropriate to the size of the group or, for larger classes, preferably bespoke video conferencing equipment. We can advise on requirements and / or arrange loan of suitable equipment subject to availability.

What happens in the classroom?

Sessions are supervised by the school facilitator. When working with a CSCP video conferencing tutor, the facilitator will arrange the room and equipment and supervise locally while the lesson takes place. As time goes on they may wish to co-teach with the video-conferencing tutor.

When scools run sessions as a club, an informal atmosphere may be appropriate. When classes are preparing for examinations, a more formal ambience is needed.

What is the pattern of a typical week of Latin e-tutor sessions?

The CSCP e-tutor will contact the facilitator to discuss the content and shape of lessons in advance. The lesson will then take place and homework may be set. Students will be given a deadline for submitting their homework. This can be negotiated between the facilitator, students and CSCP tutor. The tutor should then mark the homework at an interval agreed with the facilitator and students. Using their knowledge of the students' progress and understanding, the tutor will plan out the future lessons and contact the school facilitator to discuss plans and revise as necessary. 

How do the students send CSCP tutors their work?

The students submit their work electronically, either as an email attachment or through online upload facilities. 

Do CSCP tutors visit their students?

Schools can request that CSCP tutors visit their students. We have found that face-to-face contact is valuable in building a positive relationship between students and their CSCP tutor.  Schools will be required to pay for tutor time, travel and subsistence.

Do CSCP tutors write reports on students?

CSCP tutors negotiate the provision of progress reporting with the school, on request.  They will provide at least one formal report per year if asked to do so.

Do CSCP tutors attend parents' evenings?

Video conference tutors may attend parents evenings either in person or via video conferencing, subjec to availability and the school providing payment for time, travel and any other expenses.

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3. Resources and Support

What teaching materials are available for schools?

CSCP has developed a series of resources that help teachers and students in the teaching and learning of Latin. This includes the CLC textbook, the Teacher's Guide, the Independent Learning Manual and ILM Answer Book, Worksheet Masters, the Graded Test Booklet, e-Learning Resource and accompanying documentation. Details of our books can be found here or click here for additional resources.

What other support can CSCP provide?

CSCP has developed a range of support structures for both schools. This includes:

  •     telephone and email support on any issues arising
  •     advice to senior management teams about organisational issues
  •     attainment and graded tests certificates for successful students
  •     friendly informal advice from our team of Amici
  •     loan of video conferencing equipment, subject to availability

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Distance Learning Manager
Telephone: 01223 330579 (or +44 1223 330579 outside UK)

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