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A-level Psychology: Boosting the results of lower attaining students

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This intensive one-day course is designed for teachers of AS/A Level Psychology who wish to learn how to boost the achievement of their lower attaining students. Each session will be relevant to the A level Psychology specifications for all exam boards and will focus on specific topics which are especially challenging to the lower ability. A practical session of motivational activities will allow delegates to gain confidence in their delivery of the course, to this target student group. You will leave with a wealth of practical strategies to take straight back into the classroom. The course includes strategies to overcome the ‘research methods’ barrier many lower attaining students struggle with. How to use homework effectively to enable independent study skills. There will also be a section on what excellent course management looks like; from planning and resources to tracking and intervention. Each section is set against working towards exam criteria and the milestones expected on the way.


  • Learned how to boost initial subject knowledge and understanding
  • Developed a range of strategies to enhance student performance
  • Extended their repertoire of resources to support lower ability students
  • Learnt how to best support lower ability students to be successful with the assessment and examinations
  • Increased their ability to track students’ progress and how to intervene successfully

Setting firm foundations – what methods can be used to enhance performance from the start?

10.00 – 11.00am
  • Which skills as identified in exam performance do lower ability students struggle with and how we can address these to support the lower ability?
  • Bridging the knowledge gap between GCSE and A Level to help ensure struggling learners are not left behind
  • Strategies to help lower ability students retain knowledge and understand concepts to ensure they achieve the important foundation marks in exams
  • Activities and approaches for the crucial first few weeks to set the correct culture and ethos and embed the right learning pathway for all students
  • Getting A01 A02 and A03 right from the start so these key assessment objectives are understood from day one in order to support learners
  • Build in intervention strategies to effectively support and drive students who are not doing as well as they should be

Discussion: coffee break

11.00 – 11.20am

Getting over the exam hurdle

11.20 – 12.20pm
  • What support can you put in place to make the assessment process more manageable?
  • Feedback from the recent exams to understand areas where lower attaining students could improve in their written exam responses
  • Understanding how the exam is marked and strategies to help lower attaining students utilise this knowledge to their advantage
  • Help learners analyse the types of questions and assessment demands and directly relate this to the specification

Lunch and informal discussion

12.20 – 1.20pm

Teaching skills and raising the confidence for your lower attaining students

1.20 – 2.45pm
  • How to teach models of memory and how to differentiate between the different types of long-term memory so they are clearly understood
  • How to evaluate theories and studies in psychology as these are key areas where the lower ability sometimes struggle with
  • How to help lower ability students understand the differences between all the approaches in psychology and how to compare them effectively
  • Difficult biological terms made simple so as to raise confidence and familiarity with the lower ability in particular who often find this area demotivating due to the scientific terminology
  • Unpicking tricky research methods concepts such as designs, sampling, types of data  and significance
  • How to effectively teach statistical tests and when to use them without frightening your lower attaining students

Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.00pm

Revision strategies for lower attaining students

3.00 – 3.45pm
  • Using readymade games and activities to promote learning and motivation
  • Using memory techniques to help learners remember important information
  • Essay structure and writing frames that promote confidence for all types of Psychology exam questions


London | Monday 28 November 2022

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This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Ali Abbas is a regular speaker at Educational Conferences and has been providing INSET to schools and colleges nationally, and now internationally since 2003 and was a key speaker at the Visible Learning World Conference, Edinburgh 2019 and the Aspire Psychology Conference, Dubai 2019. Ali is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (FCIEA) and is a published author at A level and GCSE Psychology. He has taught for nearly 20 years and was a Principal Examiner with 13 years’ experience in writing Psychology exam papers and awarding grades for a major exam board, he was also part of the team that wrote the current A level specification.


  • All teachers of AS/A level Psychology with any exam board
  • Heads of Department


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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