Part 2: Thursday 26 November 2020 – 4.00-5.30pm.

Part 1: Tuesday 24 November 2020 – 4.00-5.30pm.

Part 3: Tuesday 1 December 2020 – 4.00-5.30pm.

Code: 8070, 8069, 8079


The focus will be on Research Methods in OCR A level Psychology.  Given that many students will have missed out on teaching time due to COVID-19, this webinar will address how to focus your teaching on strategies to ensure that gaps in student knowledge are identified and addressed effectively.  The key principle is that ‘less is more’, how to scaffold independent learning so students can acquire content knowledge themselves, allowing teaching to focus on application and examination technique. We will use previous exam series to identify key areas where students make common errors, focussing too much time on the studies and neglecting the equally important skills of application and evaluation, We will explore how to encourage students to apply their knowledge and evaluate, and also effective revision strategies to address the deficit in knowledge of perspective and debates. The webinar will also examine exemplar student responses to identify what success looks like and highlight standards you should be looking for in your students.


  • Strategies to improve exam technique
  • Ideas and emphasis in teaching and marking application and evaluation
  • Ensure students have the skills and knowledge to achieve their full potential on component 2 despite missed teaching time due to COVID-19


4.00 – 4.05pm Welcome and Introduction

4.05-4.30pm:  Section A – Core Studies

  • What do students really need to know?
  • Making the content manageable
  • Examination technique to maximise marks – answering short mark questions

4.30-5pm: Section B –    Areas, Perspectives and Debates

  • Seeing the bigger picture – synopticity
  • Mapping the content onto areas, perspectives and debates
  • The skill of evaluation and analysis

5.00-5.25pm: Section C – Practical applications                                                                 

  • Application and identification of psychological issues from a stem
  • Making appropriate and practical suggestions for further research
  • Evaluating suggestions in context

5.25-5.30pm: Plenary                                                                      

  • Summary
  • Questions and Answers
  • Future plans

Deborah Gajic

Deborah was head of Psychology at The Polesworth School (an ‘outstanding’ school, where Deborah was an ‘outstanding teacher’!) and a Chartered Psychologist. She now is semi-retired and works as an Independent Educational Consultant working for major awarding bodies and publishers, as a trainer and examiner. She has been a member of the ATP (The Association for the Teaching of Psychology committee for many years and her latest role is Website Editor, previously having held the posts of Treasurer, Magazine Editor and Chair. She is passionate about teaching and regularly runs CPD sessions for teachers, revision sessions for students and other bespoke training.