This updated course is designed for teachers of OCR GCSE Psychology who are looking for the latest approaches and methods to ensure their top students achieve Grades 7-9.

The sessions will give you the opportunity to take away concrete ideas, so you can return to your classrooms with the ideas, skills and confidence to fully prepare your high achieving students to get these new top grades.

The day will provide guidance in incorporating stretch and challenge activities for students with very high target grades within mixed ability classes, independent tasks and preparation for the new examinations.


By the end of the course delegates will have:

  • Increased their understanding of strategies to boost exam performance towards achieving grades 7-9
  • Understood how to support their top end students construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning essential for grades 7-9 on the new specification
  • Practical ideas to ensure coherent, relevant and logically structured answers for essay questions
  • Enhanced strategies to help their students balance knowledge, skills and understanding across both papers to achieve grades 7-9
  • Teachers of GCSE OCR Psychology
  • Heads of Psychology
  • 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 – 11.15am
Getting ready for 2020 with feedback from the 2019 OCR GCSE exams

  • The key features of the first year’s performance in the OCR exams
  • Understanding what is required to achieve grades 7-9 with OCR
  • How to Demonstrate, Apply and Analyse effectively to get the top 7-9 grades
  • How to develop critical thinking skills, making judgements and reaching conclusions

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion and coffee break

11.30 – 12.45pm
Getting Grades 7-9 on Paper One

  • The key strengths and weaknesses of able student responses on Criminal Psychology, Development and Psychological Problems
  • A checklist to help you design an investigation
  • How to maximise marks using research methods
  • How to help high ability students carry out effective practicals that boost final results
  • Stimulus response scenarios and how to tackle them to reach the top bands
  • Getting your top students to hit the top band every time in the 13-mark question

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.45pm
Get your top students to achieve top marks on Paper Two

  • Examine high level student responses to Social Influence, Memory, Sleep and Dreaming
  • Techniques to develop student performance on the novel source question in Research Methods
  • Scoring full marks on the mathematical questions – get each decimal point right!
  • Getting the critical balance between A01; A02 and A03 assessment objectives to ensure the top mark
  • Getting your top students to hit the top band every time in the 13-mark question

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion and afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.30pm
Synoptic assessment – making the right connections

  • How to make substantiated judgements in the synoptic essays to hit top A03
  • Ensuring students can develop a well-developed line of reasoning which is clear and logically structured to hit top A01

3.30 – 3.45pm
Exam techniques for Grades 7-9

  • The key characteristics of performance at Grades 7-9 in OCR Psychology
  • What differentiates between the grades and getting your students to work to that

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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