This updated 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 Wednesday 13 November 2019
  • All teachers of GCSE Psychology
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
  • Feedback from 2019 – what differentiated Grade 4 and 5 students?
  • Key areas where students gain and lose marks and integrating that into your teaching

11.00 – 11.20am
Discussion: coffee break

11.20 – 12.20pm
Preparing for 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 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
  • Improving skills on Cognition and Behaviour: key challenge areas as seen in the exam
  • Social context and behaviour: what students need to do to reach Grades 4 and 5

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

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

  • Avoiding simple judgements and basic comments
  • Ensuring the use of 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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