This course is designed for all teacher of Psychology across all specifications. Focused entirely on outstanding fresh, innovative teaching techniques, this course will optimise teaching and learning strategies to increase independent learning and consequently improve the engagement, motivation and attainment of your students; thus creating active learners.

All activities apply proven tested principles which are given in context but can be applied across multiple areas of the specification back in your classroom.


  • Identify and develop the key skills that GCSE psychology students require
  • Actively engage with innovative teaching methods specific to Psychology
  • Develop your teaching in research methods, biological approach, memory and personality
  • Improve your ability to develop synoptic skills in your students
  • Reflect on your practice and explore opportunities for improvement
COURSE DATES London, Tuesday 20 June 2017
London, Tuesday 14 November 2017
WHO FOR?  Heads of Psychology
Teachers of GCSE Psychology
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 11.00am: Fresh approaches to ensure success in Psychology

  • A look at Mike Hughes and other theorists who encourage active learning in students
  • Activities that encourage active participation, deeper processing through various modalities (written, verbal) and reinforcement of prior learning; blooms generic task folder, kinetic activities
  • The benefits of active learning and how that can improve your data and student progress

11.00 – 11.15am: Break


11.15 – 12.30pm: Approaches to teaching GCSE skills in Psychology

  • Examples of resources to facilitate learning in more challenging areas such as essay writing and 5-7 mark questions.
  • Common errors and how to avoid them
  • Teaching methods to help GCSE students present information, develop arguments and draw conclusions through a critical approach to psychological evidence, developing as reflective thinkers
  • How to use active learning to make complicated concepts easy. Examples include research methods, understanding ethical guidelines, biological approach, memory and personality

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch


1.30 – 2.40pm: Creating better learners in GCSE Psychology

  • Developing student reflection in learning to improve overall student achievement
  • Developing responsible and autonomous learners and encouraging the curiosity of your students which in turn would help to improve AO3 area of the exam
  • When to use new interactive websites, apps and technology to motivate and engage GCSE learners

2.40 – 3.40pm: Effective assessment and feedback

  • DIRT- Improving the provision of effective assessment and worthwhile feedback to drive students’ progress
  • Stretch and Challenge- Differentiated task/ questioning to stretch all learners. How to encourage students to think critical; an essential skill for GCSE Psychology
  • Innovative games and activities to promote effective learning and revision to maximise outcomes in the exams

Esther O’ Neill

Esther O’ Neill is the co-author of the new Edexcel Psychology book. She is an experienced teacher with several years working as Head of Psychology department and Head of Year 13. She has an active role in teaching and learning within her past schools and more recently in her current school, leads the pastoral care element of all year group tutorials. Esther has taught all aspects of the Psychology. She has marked for exam board on numerous occasions. Her PhD (Education) thesis is an investigation into the Psychology of learning which allows her to gain new and exciting developments within the teaching world first hand.