Join Ali, for this intensive one-day course designed for teachers of A Level Psychology who wish to learn how to enhance the achievement of their lower attaining students.   Each session will focus on the specific topics which are especially challenging to the lower ability. A practical session of motivational activities will allow delegates to gain confidence in their delivery of the course. 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 at AS and A-level
  • 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 DATES London | Monday 9 December 2019
London | Friday 28 February 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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A-level Psychology