Tuesday 11 May 2021

Code: 8501


This webinar has been adapted in light of the changed procedures for the summer 2021 exams. The webinar is designed for teachers to develop their confidence in teaching exam skills needed to succeed in the 2021 exams. This will look at a range of command words, stems and extended responses. There will be marking and standardisation opportunities, and how to scaffold this for your students. We will also discuss how best to prepare for this unique year, with the use of technology to support, how to condense, and quick ways to ensure content across all three papers are delivered in time, and with opportunities to revisit and embed.


  • NQT’s in Psychology
  • Experienced teachers in A level Psychology seeking to improve confidence
  • Heads of Department in Psychology
  • Non-subject specialist teachers


  • Provide teachers of AQA A level Psychology with the material, skills and confidence to teach effectively to all ability ranges, and best prepare their students for the 2021 examinations.
  • Take away a range of activities and resources that you can implement in your teaching immediately.
  • Increase confidence with exam preparation and ensuring all of the specification is covered and revisited.


4.00 – 4.20pm
Introduction to ways to prepare students for the 2021 examinations in Psychology

  • Overview of good practice in preparation for any exam series; reflection, knowledge and skills audit, action plan, set targets and reflect/review regularly using trackers, long term planning, question matrix per each topic/paper, revision aids and VESPA.
  • Unique issues with 2021; gaps in knowledge and skills from lockdowns, how to use technology to measure AO1/2/3, timed practice, and peer assessment.
  • How to overcome; opportunities to embed and revisit threshold concepts, targeted interventions, use of technology, personalised learning, student voice, parental involvement, quick ways to ensure content covered at a high-quality level.

4.20 – 4.45pm
Focus on exam technique for 2021 exams, ensuring students have the necessary skills to succeed

  • Using question papers, mark schemes, examiner reports and model answers effectively; how to demystify, encourage student involvement, and how to use in psychology staff team.
  • Marking exercise and standardisation opportunity; specifically focusing on over generous or too harsh marking, what breadth and depth truly means, how to use context appropriately, positive marking and to mark like an examiner.
  • Developing student’s exam skills; scaffolding, fill in gaps, part paragraphs, so-called model answers, write a mid-band response, structure strips, essay feedback sheets, using technology (visualisers), and developing literacy.

4.45 – 5.10pm
Applying exam preparation skills to specific issues in papers 1, 2 and 3 for 2021

  • Focus on common errors to avoid; for example; stem-based questions and using contextualisation successfully in answers.
  • Threshold concepts to embed and repeat for quick ways to succeed; issues and debates, maths content, research methods, ability to apply and evaluate, and where these apply across all three papers. Comparing similarities and differences between theories, studies and approaches.
  • Discussion of options; Chance to duplicate part of first year content and develop synoptic links.

5.10 – 5.15pm
Chance to review, reflect and feedback 

Michelle Satchwell

Michelle Satchwell: As an experienced passionate teacher and head of department in psychology, Michelle, has taught across a range of secondary schools and FE colleges across the UK, developing her practice to engage a variety of students. Michelle enjoys mentoring trainee teachers in psychology to develop their confidence, differentiation and resources. She has also worked as an examiner and team leader, developed resources for an exam board, and designed the content for the GCSE 9-1 specification. She has been published in Psychology Review and has since co-authored a new book; Psychology Review: A level Exams skills and Practice for Hodder Education.

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