INSET 8th July 2011

Association for the Teaching of Psychology Annual Conference 2011

by the teacher, for the teacher

CPD day event: Friday 8th July, 2011

This year we are presenting two one-day CPD events in parallel with the conference. This offers another route for teachers to benefit from the many events that occur at the conference.

The Friday event provides a balanced programme for teachers who want to develop their professional practice in teaching psychology. There is a choice of activity in 3 of the four sessions with specially selected breakout events from the main conference (more details on the workshops page). There is also an opportunity to review the latest publications and resources for psychology teachers at the conference exhibition.

Learning outcomes

Teachers will have the opportunity to

  • develop their materials and techniques for teaching research methods
  • explore ways to make their teaching more active and interactive
  • examine how they can get the best out of new technologies in their teaching
  • share good practice with other teachers
  • view the latest publications and resources
  • choose from a selection of specialised updating sessions


Friday July 8th
Developing professional practice in the teaching of psychology

10.00    Arrival and registration

10.30    Session one:
Choice from
(a) Teaching research methods
(b) Using digital technologies in the classroom

11.30    Session two:
Choice from
(a) New teachers in psychology: a survivor’s guide
(b) Using digital technologies in the classroom
(c) Higher order thinking

12.30    Exhibition opens: publishers and educational suppliers from around the UK

1.00    Lunch

2.00    Session three: KEYNOTE: to be announced

3.00    Session four:
Choice from
(a) Mind & Brain In The 21st Century
(b) Dealing with issues of diversity
(c) Teaching statistics for psychologists
(d) Seminar on issues raised by keynote speaker

4.00    Refreshments

4.30    BONUS Optional session five from the programme of breakout events


includes lunch, refreshments, bespoke programme of events, entrance to all workshops, lectures and exhibitions, and access to online materials before and after the conference

  • Early booking (before 22nd April 2011), £140.00
  • Regular fee, £150.00
  • Late booking (after 4th June 2010), £170.00

The conference is priced for members of the ATP. If you are not a member of the ATP and would like to join, then please visit our website at Alternatively you may choose to pay a non-members supplement of £20.00.

More details

Teaching Research Methods
Phil Banyard, Nottingham Trent University
Research methods and statistics are the fun part of any psychology course. No really, they are. The key skill that psychology offers any student is to know how to find stuff out – methods – and to know how to interpret it – statistics.In this session we will look at how to use demonstrations and simple studies to introduce ideas about research design. All you need to bring is a pen and your imagination.

Mind & Brain In The 21st Century
Guy Sutton, MBI consultants
The session will look at advances in neurogenetics, neuroplasticity and neuroimaging with a quick look at neurobionics at the end. The full multi-media presentation will introduce material that has been successfully used with teachers and students at numerous previous events.

New Teachers in Psychology: a survivor’s guide
Karen Duffy & Psychology PGCE students, Manchester Metroploitan University
Trainee teachers from MMU Psychology PGCE will be delivering a session on fun ways of delivering aspects of psychology specifications concentrating on how to survive the first couple of years as a teacher.

Developing Higher Order Thinking Skills in Psychology:
Emma Shakespeare, The McAuley Catholic High School
This workshop will focus on innovative ways to teach students those tricky skills of evaluation and analysis which make the difference between a C and an A*.

Using digital technologies in the classroom
Jamie Davies and Mark Holah, psychexchange
Mark Holah and Jamie Davies from Wyke College have created numerous websites for students and teachers of psychology. Their latest successful venture is psychexchange. They have presented their work at CPD events for teachers and also at academic conferences. They will show their simple, practical and effective ways of using technology in teaching.