Committee Members & Officers

Chair: Helene Ansell

Helene Ansell

Helene has taught Psychology for 20+ years starting in the days when we did 5 pieces of coursework as part of the A level, consequently she has seen many changes to the A level specifications. Before this she had many years’ experience as PE teacher in an inner city secondary school in the south of England.  Currently she is Head of a very large Department at the Chetwynd Centre in Stafford and runs the Staffordshire Psychology Teachers Network. For many years she was involved in ITT for Psychology trainees at Keele University both as a partner school and for 3 years as the psychology link tutor for the AT’s at the University itself. At present she has close links with Keele and Derby Universities where she is often found with her students involved in many stretch and challenge activities or just helping her students transition to HE.   On a personal note Helene is passionate about Athletics and while no longer in training as an athlete she does enjoy training at the Gym to de-stress from the classroom.

Deputy Chair: Laura Quaife

Laura Quaife teaches Psychology A level at a 6th form College in Greater Manchester.  She has taught Psychology for 9 years and she has worked in sixth forms for 15 years in various careers departments and completed her post 16 PGCE part time whilst managing the college Careers Service. On a personal note, Laura likes to spend time with her husband and young son as well as friends. She enjoys walking and helping out at the allotment which she shares with her mum.

Treasurer: Deb Gajic

Deb Norway

Deb Gajic is the ATP Treasurer and a Chartered Psychologist. She is Head of Psychology at The Polesworth School and has been teaching for over 20 years. On a personal level she enjoys travel, shopping, wine and good food. She also enjoys spending her time with her family (husband Nik and two grown up daughters, Sophie & Emily and grandchildren Isla and Digby). Professionally she is interested in active learning techniques, coaching to improve teaching and developing psychology as a science. Deb is also very active in CPD provision and delivers courses for Resourcd and Keynote Educational.

Secretary: Mandy Wood


Watch this space for Mandy’s bio!





Helen Gibb

Helen Gibb is currently Head of Psychology and Sociology at The Bland ford School in Dorset. She is also a member of the sixth form management team in her role as Achievement and Attainment Co-ordinator. The school environment is relatively new to Helen as most of her 23 years in education have been spent teaching psychology in the college sector. Her academic interests, lie mainly within social psychology with particular focus on in and out group behaviour in its many guises. This is linked to a lifelong passion for the promotion of equality of opportunity, having served on a number of equal opportunity committees and working parties. Helen enjoys walking and cycling, and she has something of a  reputation amongst her friends for hosting never to be forgotten parties.

Wendy Wood

wendywood Wendy is getting on and has taught psychology since the days when there was virtually no one to teach psychology (ten practicals was it?!). She is currently teacher in charge of psychology at St. Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy in Sunderland. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, climbing mountains, playing music in a community band and, more recently, growing vegetables in our allotment.

Harriet Ennis

Harriet Ennis has been Head of Psychology for 12 years at Bootham School in York. Her school is a Quaker co-ed Independent School where she also teaches Biology 11-18 and co-runs Thinking Skills. She runs psychology workshops and events for students across the city of york as part of the operational steering group for the UKs most successful Independent-State Schools Partnership. She has a keen interest in eco-travel – from a sabbatical year in Sri Lanka to leading her school towards their third EcoSchools ‘green flag’ award. She enjoys time spent with her lovely husband and daughter Phoebe age 3.  She notices a recurring wine appreciation theme amongst some of the other ATP committee members – and agrees – especially if washed down by an inspiringly good ATP conference.

Jock McGinty

Jock McGinty is Head of Psychology and Head of Sixth Form at Watford Grammar School for Boys. Originally trained as a PE and Science teacher, he has taught Psychology for 15 years and also teaches AS level Economics. He is an experienced  A-level examiner and is a Psychology CPD consultant with the National Science Learning Centre; he is also a regular speaker at the ATP conference.  He holds an MSc in Teaching of Psychology from Glyndwr University and co-authored a paper on pedagogical action research with a focus on the use of Psychology Applied Learning Scenarios (PALS) in the pre-tertiary classroom, published in the Winter 2014 edition of Psychology Teaching Review. Jock is interested in performance psychology and positive psychology and is currently researching the role of character strengths in student satisfaction and academic success with the aim of one day turning it into a PhD. When not involved in things Psychology and teaching, Jock enjoys spending time with his wife and three young boys and cycling in the Czech Republic.

Sam Shaw

Sam Shaw teaches Psychology A level at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School, a state run boarding school in Surrey.  He has been teaching for four years and has been involved in the Sixth Form team for the past two, this year taking on the role as Acting Head of Sixth Form.  His interests are in applying psychology to studying techniques and implementing these into post-16 education, both in terms of studying and in daily life.  In his spare time he enjoys men’s fashion, tennis and golf.

Punam Farmah

I currently teach at Oncampus Coventry where I am part of the humanities and business teams, helping to deliver a level three programme. I am also responsible for a Masters Qualification module and have recently taken up a role that ensures supporting students with additional support needs. I have been teaching for nearly seven years, and during that time have taught Psychology, Sociology, health and social care as well as Religious Education. I am keen allotmenter, a trained listener and very much interested in improving awareness of mental health concerns.

Morag Williamson

Morag WilliamsonMorag Williamson is a long-standing ATP committee member, including many years as Secretary. She represents ATP Scotland at the European Federation of Psychology Teachers’ Associations (EFPTA), where she is also Secretary of the Board. Having taught psychology in schools and colleges in both Scotland and England for more years than she cares to remember, Morag now teaches part-time at Edinburgh Napier University. A former Principal Assessor for SQA Higher Psychology, and a textbook author, her special interests are developmental psychology, and research methods and data analysis. She has also conducted research into aspects of learning, teaching and assessment in psychology, in Scotland and with our EFPTA colleagues in Europe.


Kevin Silber

Kevin Silber is a senior lecturer at the University of Derby. He has been a lecturer and A level examiner for over 30 years, always marking for AQA (and its former iterations). Kevin is also an author of several A level texts, including current books on Schizophrenia and as a co-author of the Oxford AQA Psychology Year 2 book. One of my main interests is working to help support A-level teachers, especially those working in isolated conditions and/or who do not have a background in psychology. To that end, I have been involved with Teacher Support Networks for around 15+ years. I have been closely involved with the Staffordshire and Derbyshire support networks (I set the latter one up) and am keen to help others to set up local support groups.


Aletia Hagedorn

Aletia is just starting out on her teaching journey. After completing her PGCE with Distinction from the University of Sussex, where she was her cohort rep, she is beginning as an NQT at Moira House Girls School this September. Here she will be teaching Psychology and English as well as embarking on a Master’s in Education in her ‘spare’ time! From an academic perspective, Aletia is interested in finding ways to foster positive wellbeing in schools for both students and teachers. She has already explored the impact of interventions such as Growth Mindset and Flipped Learning strategies through her research carried out during her PGCE.  Personally, Aletia loves yoga, looking after animals, travel, fine dining and wine!


Helen Kitching: Conference Organiser

Helen Kitching is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.  She is Honorary Treasurer of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DART-P) for the BPS and ATP representative on the Standing Committee for Pre-Tertiary Education (SCoPTE) of the BPS.  She has mentored many teachers new to GCSE psychology across the South East and whilst coursework existed she was an internal moderator. She recently won an LSIS research grant and undertook research into engaging male learners with the use of technology. When not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, writing Romance novels, travel, reading chic lit and crime novels and working as a Freelance Photojournalist.  Helen has just completed a Master’s degree in Health Psychology. She is interested in transition between pre-tertiary and higher education in psychology and co-authored a paper looking at these issues which is being published in the Autumn 2013 edition of Psychology Teaching Review.

The next ATP committee meeting is:

14th October 2017 – Carrs Lane Church Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham

January 2018 – Carrs Lane Church Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham

May 2018 -Leeds University, Leeds

AGM at Leeds University, Saturday 7th July 2018

Notice to ATP Members:
The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Association for the Teaching of Psychology will be held at 16.30 on Saturday, 7thJuly 2018 at Leeds University, during the Annual Conference. All Members are welcome to attend. Please consider seeking election to ATP Committee – see for full details and to download a nomination form here.