Breakout details

Below are further details provided by the Breakout delegates.



1     Applying the New OFSTED Criteria to Psychology

Deb Gajic
The Polesworth School

This workshop aims to clarify and explain the new 2012 OFSTED criteria in the context of psychology teaching. The criteria will be explained using psychology examples. We will discuss those simple mistakes that are easy to make, but just as easy to avoid and how to prepare your students and yourselves for those tricky OFSTED questions. There will be plenty of opportunities to share experiences and good practice.  By the end of the workshop you should feel that you understand the new criteria well enough to plan and deliver at least a good, if not an outstanding lesson.



2          Transition: The Student Experience
Aston Psychology Students

Five Aston students will reflect on their experience of the transition from studying at A level (including A level psychology) to studying at university. The workshop will run largely as a question and answer session moderated by an Aston lecturer. It is anticipated that the workshop will cover what students found easy, difficult, helpful and unhelpful; what advice they have to offer schools, colleges and universities on preparing students for and supporting them in transition; what worked and what did not; their perceptions of how the curriculum, methods of study, expectations, understanding and reasoning differ across the transition.



3          Motivating Students
Dorothy Coombs
Vice-Chair ATP

In motivating people, you’ve got to engage their minds and their hearts.” In this workshop we will share ideas about how this can be done.



4/54    From Big Bang to Zombie Apocalypse
Matt Jarvis

Using popular culture to teach psychology.



6/37    AQA A
Ruth Hooper (Chair of Examiners)

AQA A-level Psychology A: current issues and feedback



7          European Networking

Dorothy Coombs/Morag Williamson
Vice Chair ATP, Vice Presidents EFPTA /Napier University, West Lothian College

This workshop will look at different ways of working with psychology teachers and students in Europe. We also have a contact list.



8          Transition from A-Level to Degree

Peter Reddy

Peter Reddy will talk about transitions into and out of undergraduate psychology from the staff point of view and present material on employability and the development of epistemological reasoning. The workshop will include a student panel and 50% of the time will be spent on questions and discussion.



9          OCR AS





10        Inspiring students with Edexcel GCSE

Dr Julia Russell
Principle Examiner for Edexcel GCSE Psychology

This workshop will focus on ways of making GCSE inspiring for learners, including consideration of how to include practical activities and research in teaching and learning.




11        Assessment for Learning – A Few of Our Favourite Things

Julia Greenberg / Juliette Massey-Smith

This workshop will look at some strategies for AFL that have been trialled in our classes and will discuss their effectiveness. We will focus on comment-only marking at A2, group work strategies for teaching exam technique and the trick issue of self-assessment. Teachers should leave the workshop with some ideas of how to incorporate ALF into lessons.



12        Why Psychiatric Treatments Often Fail

Jacky Childs
Grammar School

Despite intensive research, the causes and treatments for mental illness still elude us.  Unlike research for physical illnesses, breakthroughs are rare. Much of what we teach at A level on Psychopathology is a superficial analysis of the theories, and complex research studies are reduced to summary accounts. This seminar aims to increase understanding and knowledge of the background into our teaching of this topic



13        Forensic Investigators/Genes to Go

Thinktank (numbers limited – see below)
Forensic investigators

Discover the different sorts of evidence forensic scientists look for at the scene of a crime and use them to solve our very own crime.  Students will become ‘Forensic Investigators’ as they gather, analyse, record and evaluate evidence from a crime scene using microscopes, computer programmes and authentic fingerprinting techniques to help them to solve a crime. Working in two groups, they move around a series of activities that provide all the evidence they need to know who the culprits were. Students will leave the workshop with their own set of fingerprints.
Genes to go
Learn about the secrets of DNA, its location, its structure, its purpose and what we can learn from this complex molecule. To encourage a better understanding, students will learn the skills needed to extract, precipitate and preserve their own DNA, which they can take away as a reminder of what they have learnt. This hands-on workshop teaches new lab skills as well as what each process does and why an understanding of genetics is a vital part of everyday life.

This will be held at Thinktank Science Museum. As it is an external event there will be a charge of £3.00 per person to cover costs. Delegates can sign up for this event on the day from lunchtime in the exhibition hall (numbers are strictly limited). Please meet at 3pm, (straight after the keynote speech) in the exhibition hall to be escorted over to Thinktank for the workshop.



14        Engaging and Inspiring GCSE learners

Helen Kitching, CPsychol, AFBPsS
ATP and BPS (DARTP) Committee Member

This workshop will offer a wide range of material designed for GCSE Psychology, which has been tried and tested to be fun and engaging for students. The materials will be suitable for AQA, Edexcel and OCR specifications. There will also be a free DVD of YouTube clips which have been chosen specifically for use in the GCSE specification – but can also be used for A-Level specs in many cases.



15/22  AQA B

Karen Boswell (Principal Examiner)

AQA A-level Psychology B: current issues and feedback



16        Comenius Funding

Wolfgang Augustin
EFPTA (Treasurer)

This workshop will look at how to get into psychology events in Europe and how to get your trip funded.



17        Edexcel A2: Succeeding at A2 after AS

Craig Roberts
Senior Examiner for Edexcel GCE Psychology

Making the links between applications and AS: Synoptic learning – using clinical psychology and key issues to draw learning together, what is expected in extended writing



18        Covering Research Methods Content Practically and Effectively

Cara Flanagan
Author, Teacher and Conference Provider

A look at some practical ideas for school/college based coursework, focusing especially on observations and qualitative-based research. We will try some ideas in the session.



19        Mind Control Magic

Harriet Humphrey

The workshop will include a PowerPoint and resources to take away. It will be an interactive workshop with examples for use in teaching psychology – applicable to teaching stress management and well being, perception and memory and anomalistic psychology




Paul Humphreys, CPsychol, AFBPsS

PAUL HUMPHREYS is a current AO2 examiner and has previously been Chief Examiner for A-level and the cross-board AEA. He is a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the BPS and Honorary Life Member of the ATP.


The workshop is aimed at teachers new to A2 but experienced colleagues are welcome to contribute and perhaps even ‘top-up’. We will examine how the Boards use strategies and questions to ‘trigger’ AO2 and how it is measured and rewarded. How can you help your candidates maximise their marks?



21/31  AQA GCSE

Mike Stanley (Chief Examiner)

AQA GCSE Psychology: the secret to success (addressing issues and concerns)



23        Statistic Resources

Sandy MacRae

How to download and use my statistics software (free with ATP Today)

Three programs for teaching statistics were offered for free download with the June 2012 issue of ATP Today.  Between them, they cover all the teaching content of my networked multimedia program, Introduction to Statistics, and each also contains one of my books, Research Methods in Psychology, Descriptive Statistics or Inferential Statistics.

At the end of July the codes that were issued will expire so you have only about three weeks left to get a free installation!


If you have not yet downloaded the programs, you can see a demonstration of how easy it is to download and install them and if you bring to the workshop a computer on which you wish to install the programs and the A4 sheet you received in ATP Today, we can do the installation together there and then.

Each of the distributed sheets contains a unique code, which can be used ONLY ONCE, so bring your own!  You will need one of your computer’s Administrator passwords to perform the installation, though not to download the programs.

If you have already installed the programs, I will show some of the ways they can be used in teaching.



24        How to Use Hot Potatoes

Mark Souter
Coastal Academy

This workshop will look at: how to get a class to write the questions for you; how to import Word material into Hot Potatoes; how to import Hot Potatoes into Moodle



25        Sexy Psych – ‘practical solutions to raising achievement’

Lindsay Mould
Chase High School
Active engagement


Looking at ideas to incorporate creative project work, problem focused learning, mini replication of research, introductions to key researchers and ideas on how to make statistics interesting (and do-able!).


Focusing on quick and simple ways to ensure that every student is doing a slightly different variation on the same learning throughout most of the lesson.  The main focus is that differentiation should be different work not more. Including how to write objectives that meet the expected grades; work using mark schemes to get students familiar with the criteria they are going to be assessed on; circle time (differentiated peer teaching); independent work where you allocate 1/2 of your higher ability to work out what they need to do and using student friendly specifications as a check list to personalise learning.


This includes; mixed media projects; specification lead self assessments; games lessons; tag lines; mini summaries as well as mini consolidations to use throughout each lesson.



26        OCR A2




27        Pre-U Psychology

Dave Clarke
International Exams

Pre-U Psychology became available in September 2008 as an alternative to modular A level. It is a linear, two-year course with many advantages. There is a Personal Investigation, worth 20% of the assessment, combining ‘EPQ type’ research with traditional psychology practical work. There is coherence over 2 years rather than diversely different modules and mark schemes. There is an emphasis on the latest research with a stretch and challenge ‘explore more’ component. Course content isn’t any harder than A level, there is just an emphasis on thinking and understanding rather than description. Assessments test many different skills including writing full essays. In sum, the course prepares students for university study, and particularly for psychology. Finally, the grading structure is different and students can (and do) achieve a Distinction 1 grade, which is higher than A* at A level. Come along to the workshop and find out more.



28        International Baccalaureate: Improving attainment in Paper 3 and the IA

Amanda Wood / Kerry Pringle
Grammar School / Taunton College

“Following the success of last year’s IB workshop on Paper 1 and 2, this year Mandy Wood and Kerry Pringle will present an interactive workshop focusing on Paper 3, Qualitative Research in Psychology and the Internal Assessment or simple experimental study. Paper 3 presents a few challenges for those of us in the A level tradition but it can be immensely enjoyable to explore methods which genuinely get to the heart of the human condition and experience as opposed to the study of behaviour, with crossovers into emic psychology and social representations theory (paper 1), health and clinical options (Paper 2). We will explore opportunities to embed learning objectives throughout the specification and examine real pupils’ answers against the mark schemes. Kerry, an IB examiner for Paper 1 and the IA will talk us through the assessment criteria at Higher and Standard Level and show us where we can focus the pupils to gain those all important marks. See you there!”



30/48 New Methods For Exploring & Mending The Brain

Dr Guy Sutton
Director, Medical Biology Interactive & Honorary Lecturer, Division of Psychiatry, University of Nottingham Medical School

Much has been written about the huge advances in neuroscience over the past twenty years. Many A-level students can happily describe neuroimaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, together with associated advantages and disadvantages related to its use. But what is current in brain research and what is on the horizon? Which new techniques have thoroughly excited neuroscientists in terms of their potential to aid understanding of the healthy and damaged brain? In this lecture, we will consider new methods such as epigenetic manipulation, near infrared spectroscopy, diffusion tensor imaging, brain implants and the use of mind-controlled robotic arms. Warning: Neuronerds should be prepared to be thrilled!



32        Edexcel AS: Moving up from GCSE to AS

Craig Roberts
Senior Examiner for Edexcel GCE Psychology

Key things teachers need to know to help their students achieve, how to use key issues to develop understanding. How to cover the five topics in the AS year. The knowledge, understanding and skills that students need to develop in the course.



33        Forensic Psychology

Peter Banister
President British Psychological Society

This workshop will look at the role and duties of a forensic psychologist. There will be opportunities for asking questions.



34        MSc Psychology

Fiona Lintern/Dr Julia Russell

The MSc Teaching of Psychology is a part-time online degree run by Glyndwr University.  The course is aimed at anyone teaching psychology regardless of first degree subject.  The modules focus on issues in the teaching of psychology, issues in the teaching of research methods, contemporary developments in psychology and contemporary developments in teaching and learning. Assignments are flexible and can be focussed on students’ current teaching and professional development needs. This workshop will provide further details of the course as well as giving you the opportunity to meet staff. Some of our current students will also attend the workshop and there will be a discussion around the assignments that they have completed and their experiences of online learning.



35        Bigging Up Behaviourism

Evie Bentley and Charlotte Evans, ASAB Education Officer
Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

Students aren’t the only ones who find the theory a bit dull, but there are some cracking video clips and resources to help us all. Come and see what, with the assistance of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, what there is to share to liven this approach up and make it more memorable.



36/43  Clive Wearing: a life outside of time

Deborah Wearing
Sponsored by WJEC

Clive Wearing is the subject of psychological studies all over the world. Since 1985 he has the densest case of amnesia ever known. His wife, Deborah, started a charity to support people with memory and behavioural problems and later wrote a book about life without memory but with enduring love.

The workshop will include video clips, excerpts from Clive’s diary, scans of Clive’s brain, a discussion of neuroanatomy as well as an update on the latest research Clive and Deborah have been involved in. Deborah will offer an insight into his experience of consciousness and the importance of emphasising when teaching that Clive is a person, not just a set of norms and deficits. Copies of Deborah’s book ‘Forever Today: A Memoir of Love and Amnesia’ will be available to purchase at the conference.



38        Life Behind Bars

True Life Conferences

Presented by Gill, a Forensic Psychologist who will be accompanied by Andrew who is a convicted murderer (now out on licence) and several other ex-cons – all who have fascinating stories to tell.


39        Being Human: What Makes Us Different

Richard Gross
Author and Teacher

The session will consider various criteria that have been proposed by psychologists, philosophers, geneticists, neuroscientists and others – for distinguishing Homo Sapiens from other species.



40        OCR GCSE




41        The Role of the BPS

Peter Banister
President, British Psychological Society

This seminar will look at the role of the BPS and how it supports teachers.



42        Applying Cognitive Behavioural Approach  to Coaching and Health Psychology

Stuart Rose
Health Care University NHS Foundation Trust

This seminar/workshop will describe my research project at City University, London, on the application of the Cognitive Behavioural approach to an online coaching programme specifically designed to promote healthy lifestyle changes. The theoretical background to the coaching programme draws on the latest developments in CBT (including mindfulness and ACT-Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). Some of this information might prove to be useful in giving a broader knowledge of different CBT models that go beyond the often quoted REBT techniques in A level publications. Comments on the common criticisms of CBT also might help with the teaching of evaluation of the approach required within aspects of the course specification.

Stuart Rose is a Chartered Scientist and Psychologist who works as a senior accredited supervisor of counsellors in Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust. He is an accredited CBT therapist and a member the International Society for Coaching Psychology.



44        How to run a bath: a workshop in the provision of psychology enrichment

Deborah D’Auria
High School for Girls

From leading a ‘Mental Health Issues in Young People’ conference as an A level student in 2001 to the ‘Eureka!’ bathtub being featured  in the ‘Big picture’ in the Psychologist in 2012, Deb D’Auria has wealth of ideas and experience to share in exploring psychology both within and beyond the curriculum. Having set up successful Psychology Societies in differing educational establishments, Deb’s workshop aims to share practical advice. You will be able to take away ideas and resources for the enrichment of Psychology teaching, as well as for Student Voice and Gifted and Talented provision.





45        Successful Transition into Post-16 Psychology from GCSE Science

Jeremy Airey
National Science Learning Centre

Our A-level students may not have studied psychology before, but they don’t start AS level as blank sheets. For example, they have studied much of relevance through National Curriculum science. In this workshop we will explore and discuss the nature, relevance and strength of this prior learning; evidence and good practice in supporting such transitions; how we can interpret the issues in psychological terms. You will be able to reflect critically on the issues and begin planning actions that you might take to address priorities particular to your learners.



46        Thinking of changing, or new to WJEC?

Frances Harding

This workshop will cover a brief description of the course, with ideas on how to approach AS [& A2 if required] and key points from examiners reports. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.



(A qualitative approach towards understanding teacher stress)

Trevor Dunn, BA MSc MPhil(Cantab)CPsychol FHEA FRSA

Stress is a global issue, and when related to teaching it is not a simple concept to investigate. It affects teachers’ performance, and consequently will affect their students. The aim of this research was investigate the responses given by new and experienced teachers in relation to their experiences of stress related to teaching. This presentation will present both the background and results obtained from this research.



49        Making the Case for Psychology

Helen Kitching
ATP Committee Member

This round table discussion will look at the benefits of learning A-Level psychology. At a time when A-Level Psychology is under threat from a variety of sources, now more than ever do we need to make the case for our subject. Come and join in the debate. The information gathered will be used to create an article that will be published in the ATP magazine.


50        WJEC – Education vs Examination’

John Griffin

How to ensure that A Level Psychology is about the overall knowledge and appreciation of the subject as well as ticking the boxes at the assessments (focus on WJEC A2).



51        What do students across Europe Think of Studying Psychology

Wolfgang Augustin
EFPTA (Treasurer)

What do students across Europe Think of Studying Psychology: interim results from a large-scale online survey of psychology students in 12 countries




52        Counselling Skills for 16-19 year olds-practice and prospects

Viv Louizos / John Graves

This workshop will describe the experience of running the CPCAB level 2 course in Introduction to Counselling Skills for 16-19 year olds, in a sixth form college setting. We will briefly outline the course and the ways students’ have utilised it to enhance not only their own self awareness and interpersonal skills but also their prospects for university and employment. We will also explore the contribution that such a course can make to PDP programmes; emotional intelligence and the development of social and civic awareness.





53        Workshop linked to Fay Short’s keynote speech

Dr Tracey Lloyd

How to apply the Techniques discussed in Fay Short’s keynote speech in a practical way in the classroom




55        Cognitive behavioural therapy: A modern psychotherapeutic approach deriving from century-old premises

Dr George Varvatsoulias CPsychol CSci, Expert Witness
Research Fellow Glynd?r University – Wrexham/Wales
West London
Mental Health NHS Trust/Cognitive Behavioural Therapy-Eating Disorders Unit

Historical foundations of CBT can be traced back to 5th BC and 1st AD centuries. Socrates and Epictetus, the Greek Philosophers, have been the first to assign types of questioning people could use in order that to help others elicit information about themselves. Modern CBT approach begins with the work of Aaron Beck and continues with Christine Padesky. Basic ideas that relate to CBT methodology are: the 3-systems model; functional analysis with regards to antecedents and consequences of behaviour; interventions how the problem could be dealt with in terms of changing cognitions, emotions and negatively reinforced behaviours. Century-old premises to be presented in this workshop will relate to Socratic questioning, and downward arrow techniques. Socratic questioning is a set of questions helping the individual discover cognitions and the way these operate towards unhelpful emotions, which reinforce negative reactions against the events experienced. Downward arrow techniques refer to the discovery of core beliefs linked to early experiences and critical incidents becoming part of one’s faulty cognitive thinking in association to the situation that took place.




56        FSMQ: Free Standing Maths Qualification – Use of Statistics (AQA)

Heather Taylor
Pursglove College

Enhance your students’ personal statements and add to their UCAS points by offering FSMQ (Free Standing Maths Qualification) in ‘Using and applying Statistics’. This can be used as a support course, for AS or A2 psychology students, as a means of reinforcing research methods and statistics. It is designed to be taught by non-maths specialists, and the concepts can be taught in a psychological context. Come to find out about the course and see examples of the sort of coursework our students do.




57        Psychology. Fit for Purposes? ( Whose Purpose?)

Claire Barker (Wells Cathedral School) & Patrick Hylton (University of Lincoln)

Is the current A-level structure less than ideal?  How can it be made better?

Michael Gove wants to put teachers in the driving seat, so with this in mind what changes would you make if you could? This session is intended to be an interactive discussion to gather ideas, opinions and views from psychology teachers.  The basis of this session will be the completion of a questionnaire that will be administered during the conference and analysed for discussion (the questionnaire will be circulated in the delegate pack).



58        Megamind: debates, literacy and synopticity

Emma Shakespeare
The McAuley Catholic High School

This workshop will focus on how the DreamWorks film ‘Megamind’ can be used as the basis of a short stand-alone scheme of work that develops (a) student’s understanding of two of the main debates in psychology (b) their ability to apply their knowledge of psychology to unseen stimulus material in examinations and (c) literacy across the curriculum in line with the new 2012 Ofsted framework.