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This revised course is designed for all teachers of A Level Psychology, regardless of examination board, who are looking to enhance their methods and approaches with lower attaining students. The course will demonstrate a range of techniques and strategies which have been proven to enable students to achieve a high grade of work; it will also focus on those areas where lower attaining students struggle, as well as starting students off from the start on the right path. You will leave with a wealth of practical strategies to fast track your experience in the key areas of challenge.

It will focus specifically on:

  • Demonstrating a range of techniques and strategies which will enable students to achieve a high grade of work in areas where lower attaining students struggle such as research methods
  • How to resource, structure and teach the units
  • Demonstrating how to set homework which enables students to work independently and developmentally
  • Tracking and intervening
  • How to raise motivation


By the end of the course delegates will have:

  • 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
COURSE DATE London | Monday 15 June 2020
  • Teachers of A level Psychology
  • Heads of Department
  • Heads of Social Science
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 11.00am
Setting firm foundations – what methods can be used to enhance performance from the start?

  • Which skills do lower ability students struggle with?
  • Bridging the knowledge gap between GCSE and A Level
  • Help lower ability retain knowledge and understand concepts
  • Activities and approaches for the crucial first few weeks
  • Getting A01 A02 and A03 right from the start
  • Build in intervention strategies to effectively support and drive students

11.00 – 11.20am
Discussion and coffee break

11.20 – 12.20pm
Getting over the exam hurdle

  • 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
  • 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

12.20 – 1.20pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.20 – 2.45pm
Teaching skills and raising the confidence for your lower attaining students

  • How to teach models of memory and how to differentiate between the different types of long-term memory,
  • How to evaluate theories and studies in psychology
  • 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
  • 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

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion and afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Revision strategies for the lower attaining students

  • 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

Ali Abbas

Ali is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (FCIEA) and has recently had his textbook published by Hodder. He was a Principal Examiner with 13 years experience in writing Psychology exam papers and awarding grades for a major exam board. Ali is a regular speaker at Educational Conferences and has been providing INSET to schools and colleges nationally since 2003.

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