This brand NEW intensive one-day course is designed for all teachers of GCSE Psychology who wish to learn how to enhance the achievement of their borderline grade 4/5 students. Each session will be relevant to the new Psychology specifications for all exam boards. A practical session of motivational activities will allow delegates to gain confidence in their delivery of the course and ensure they meet these suggested target grades. 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 borderline students struggle such as research methods
  • Demonstrating how to set homework which enables students to work independently and developmentally
  • Tracking and intervening your grade 4/5 students to ensure they meet their given targets
  • Ensuring these students meet the requirements for the mathematical and research methods sections comfortably


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 borderline grade 4/5 students
  • Increased their ability to track students’ progress and how to intervene successfully
COURSE DATE London Monday 18 March 2019
  • All teachers of GCSE Psychology from any exam board
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
What methods can be used to enhance performance?

  • Which skills do typical grade 4/5 students struggle with?
  • How to demonstrate mostly accurate and appropriate knowledge
  • Getting A01 A02 and A03 right from the start
  • Build in intervention strategies to effectively support and drive students

11.00 – 11.20am
Discussion: coffee break

11.20 – 12.20pm
Preparing for the first set of GCSE Psychology exams

  • What support can you put in place to make the assessment process more manageable?
  • Understanding how the exam is marked and strategies to help students utilise this knowledge to their advantage
  • Help learners analyse the types of questions and assessment demands
  • How to get these students to use some mathematical skills relevant to research methods in psychology

12.20 – 1.20pm
Lunch and informal discussion

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

  • Essay structure and writing frames to help promote confidence for all types of exam questions
  • The power of questioning, supporting and then deepening thinking skills
  • How to teach core topics such as cognitive, social and research methods to help with differentiation with your borderline grade 4/5 students
  • How to effectively teach the maths and statistics section without frightening your students

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Making sure they achieve their target grades 4/5

  • How to avoid simple judgements and basic comments
  • Ensuring they use competing viewpoints where appropriate

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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