Research Methods is central to psychology and yet many students and teachers find it difficult to engage with. A thorough knowledge of research methods – worth 25 – 30% of the total marks – is vital for success in psychology. This conference will provide you with proven strategies and ideas to ensure that your students have a thorough understanding of research methods and can apply it effectively in order to achieve top grades.

We are delighted to offer this new A Level Psychology conference for summer 2018, which promises to be an informative, stimulating an enjoyable conference for all A Level Psychology teachers, Heads of Psychology and others involved in raising attainment in A level Psychology.

The conference focuses specifically on Research Methods, emphasising approaches, strategies, applying research methods, including ways to make research methods come alive with your students. Delegates will take away a range of strategies with which to work with their students to access and achieve the top grades.

We are pleased to welcome Hugh Coolican (Principal Lecturer, Psychology, Coventry University and renowned authority on Research Methods and Statistics) who will be delivering a Keynote session on the centrality of research methods to psychology, Deb Gajic (Teacher, Examiner, Chartered Psychology, Fellow of the BPS) who will be leading examination based as well as a content based sessions, and Harriet Ennis (Chartered Psychology and Associate Fellow of the British Psychology Society) on data handling & statistics, designing mini-practicals, and research mind-set.


  • Hear directly from experts in research methods
  • Find out more on how to maximise your students’ chance of success and improve their grades
  • Take away resources provided by the speakers and ideas to make your teaching of this crucial area outstanding
CONFERENCE DATE London Friday 22 June 2018
WHO FOR?  Heads of Teaching and Learning
Heads of Psychology Departments
Teachers of A Level Psychology
This conference is relevant to all teachers teaching the major awarding bodies AQA, Eduqas, OCR, Pearson
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 10.20am: Welcome and Introduction

  • Feedback from 2017 exams
  • Challenges of current specification

Deb Gajic


10.20 – 11.05am: The centrality of research methods to psychology

  • Why are research methods so vital to psychology?
  • Enthusing your students with a love of research methods
  • Embedding research methods into the curriculum
  • Using research methods to evaluate research

Hugh Coolican


11.05 – 11.20am: Morning Break


11.20 – 12.00pm: Option Strand 1

Either Option 1A: Data Handling and Analysis

  • Strategies for developing students’ understanding
  • How to de-mystify standard deviation by teaching it in the context of a story
  • Practical ways to practise inferential stats questions that will engage your weaker students and stretch your top grade students

Harriet Ennis

Or Option 1B: Strategies to support students with formulating hypothesis

  • What are the classic errors and problems?
  • Strategies for developing students’ understanding
  • Operationalising variables
  • Directional and non-directional hypotheses
  • Alternate and null hypotheses
  • Correlational hypotheses

Deb Gajic


12.00 – 12.45pm: Option Strand 2

Either Option 2A: Research methods – what do students need to know?Completing Bach chorales with ease

  • What do student need to know: –
  • Experimental Methods
  • Observational Techniques
  • Self-Reports
  • Correlations
  • Common mistakes and how to avoid them
  • Specimen exam questions and exemplar answers

Hugh Coolican

Or Option 2B: Designing mini practicals and make research methods come alive for your students using quick practical sessions

  • Teaching research methods in context promotes understanding and engagement. But which mini-practical’s work and cover concepts efficiently?
  • Learn how to use a practical to distinguish Time and Event sampling
  • Learn how to use a practical using cues that teaches the value of piloting, the relative strengths/limitations of the measures of central tendency and spread, descriptive statistics versus inferential statistics and evaluates both experimental design and sampling methods

Harriet Ennis


12.30 – 1.45pm: Lunch


1.45 – 2.30pm: Option Strand 3

Either Option 3A: Applying research methods to examination questions

  • What are examiners looking for; how to get the top grades
  • The importance of AO2 – engaging with the stem in research methods questions
  • Supporting students to apply their knowledge to new situations
  • Strategies for improving extended writing

Deb Gajic

Or Option 3B: Mind-set and mindfulness. More practical sessions to teach research methods in context

  • How to get students into the right mind set to flourish
  • Mindfulness as a method for data collection

Harriet Ennis


2.30 – 2.45pm: Afternoon Tea


2.45 – 3.45pm: Stretch and challenge – how to achieve A*-B in research methods

  • New criteria for A*
  • Providing stretch and challenge for high achievers in psychology
  • Top tips for examination

Deb Gajic

Deb Gajic

Experienced teacher and examiner, Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the BPS

Harriet Ennis

Head of Psychology, Examiner, Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the BPS

Hugh Coolican

Principal Lecturer in Psychology, Coventry University, Chartered Psychologist, author of Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology 4th Ed