Part 3:
Tuesday 01 December 2020 – 4.00pm – 5.30pm 

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

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

Code: 8069, 8070, 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, especially given the novelty of this paper, demanding a lot more writing, this webinar will highlight strategies to improve this area and emphasise the need to ensure students have adequate practice. Examine exemplar student responses to identify what success looks like and highlight standards you should be looking for in your students.


  • Focus on examination technique
  • Focus on application and evaluation
  • Ensure students have the skills and knowledge to achieve their full potential on component 3 despite missed teaching time due to COVID-19


4.00 – 4.05pm Welcome and Introduction

4.05-4.45pm:  Section A – Issues in Mental Health

  • Making background, key research and application manageable and clear to students
  • Teaching methodological issues and debates
  • Using mark schemes and examiner’s reports to ensure success

4.45-5.25pm: Section B – Options

  • Answering question a) (10 marks) avoiding the pitfall of writing ‘everything you know about….’
  • Answering question b) (15 marks) effective evaluation, structuring a ‘discuss’ answer
  • Answering question c) (10 marks) effective application, giving relevant and practical suggestions and evaluating them 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.