Tuesday 27 April 2021 – 4pm

CODE: 8086


Given the disruption to education, many teachers and students might be very concerned about gaps in foundational knowledge. This webinar is designed to help address these concerns by building on knowledge and skills developed in year 10, help encourage retrieval of knowledge and prime students for success in year 11. Its devised for all AQA GCSE psychology teachers and students.

This interactive webinar will provide essential tips on what the examiners are looking for and pitfalls to avoid, from an experienced senior examiners point of view. Students will gain insight on how to use their knowledge and understanding of key points on the three main theories of Development to address the different types of exam questions.


  • Access exam technique tips to support you in preparing to achieve the very best results and set a grounding for similar questions found in Year 11 study
  • Consolidate and improve knowledge on one of the most challenging areas of Paper one – theories of development; Piaget; Dweck and Willingham
  • Obtain top level strategies for producing excellent answers to short and longer exam questions on the Development topic
  • Focus on top mark band requirements by working through exemplar exam scripts on the topic of Development and avoid common faults and mistakes from previous answers candidates have given


All students of AQA GCSE Psychology

4.00 pm   How we develop according to Piaget

  • Highlighting the differences and key features in each of Piagets stages and understanding all the key terms to be able to use them accurately in the exam
  • Addressing A02 exam questions on Piaget where candidates are asked to explain an unseen given scenario using his theory

4.20 pm   How we develop according to Dweck

  • Describe and evaluate the key points of Dweck’s theory in terms of the two types of mindset and how students can use research support and real-world applications to provide evidence for the theory in the exam
  • Addressing a longer essay exam question on Dweck’s theory using an exemplar essay and focusing on getting the balance right between all the assessment objectives

4.40 pm How we develop according to Willingham

  • Understanding the key points of Willingham’s theory and how we can improve teaching and learning through cognitive psychology and neuroscience
  • Addressing a longer essay exam question on Willingham’s theory which needs a balance of all three (A01; A02 and A03) skills included, using an exemplar essay and focusing on getting the balance right between all the assessment objectives

5.00 pm   Final tips

Ali Abbas

Ali 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

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