Designed for all teachers of GCSE Psychology, this updated course will provide practical planning, teaching and assessment strategies for the new OCR GCSE specification. Delegates will explore how to best adapt teaching to the demands of the new specification to ensure successful student outcomes and consistent levels of progress.


  • Learn effective teaching and learning ideas for the specification content and assessment approaches
  • Look at minimising workload when delivering the specification
  • Know how to design and deliver an outstanding, motivational and successful course
  • Integrate research methods into the course content
  • Take away a range of possible teaching approaches for the new specification


COURSE DATE London Friday 21 June 2019
  • All teachers of GCSE Psychology
  • Heads of Psychology
  • Psychology NQTs
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 – 10.30am
Reviewing the specification

  • Content of the specification – key challenges for teaching and setting up the course
  • Issues and solutions

11.30 – 12.45pm
Teaching Psychology 1

  • The demands of Criminal psychology, development and psychological problems
  • Effective ways of teaching the topics with a focus on psychological problems
  • Strategies for answering the extended essay question

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 12.45pm
Teaching Psychology 2

  • The demands of social influence, memory and sleep and dreaming
  • Approaches for teaching the topics
  • Strategies for answering the extended essay question

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.45pm
Integrating research methods

  • Being creative with integrating methods
  • Practical ideas for use in the classroom
  • Making practicals the key to success in research methods
  • Strategies for teaching mathematics relevant to research methods

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Preparing students for Assessment

  • Taking a close look at the SAMS
  • Preparing your students – the Assessment Objectives and high grade access
  • Accessing the core studies as revision for research methods

Helen Kitching

As a teacher who has taught GCSE psychology for 17 years, Helen is well placed to offer advice and support on introducing the new specification. She is co-author of the new GCSE OCR textbook and regularly runs GCSE CPD training. She is a Chartered psychologist (through the teaching route) and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is co-editor of ATP today magazine.

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