GCSEPod Declutters the Working Lives of Teachers

Hundreds of thousands of teenagers now have access to GCSEPod in schools around the UK and in International schools around the world. With one in every four UK secondary schools signed up to the online study tool, teachers around the country are finding new and innovative ways to use GCSEPod within the classroom, as an effective means of setting and evaluating homework and providing individual intervention.

The steep challenges faced by the profession are no secret and this academic year with more subjects coming under the new, more rigorous assessment criteria, schools across the country are looking at ways to reduce unnecessary workloads and streamline working practices in order to free up more valuable teaching time.

Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary
Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary

GCSEPod invited Geoff Barton, who was voted in as ASCL General Secretary earlier this year, to come and see just how its content is helping schools to tackle some of the challenges they face and the veteran head teacher, who pledged in his role to help teachers in every classroom to help every child, was surprised by what he discovered.

Geoff, who has never been afraid to criticise or champion education policy and ideas as part of his ongoing commitment to the profession, praised the resource and the benefits it brings to both students and teachers.

He said: “I had thought GCSEPod was largely about animated content for students to use in their revision. I now see that it’s much more ambitious than that.

“In particular, it provides an opportunity for school leadership teams to liberate teachers from some aspects of planning and marking, because GCSEPod provides high quality materials. This frees the teacher to assess students’ progress, to explain parts that they haven’t understood, to track how the class as a whole might be doing. It also helps students truly to take control of their learning. The bonus is the guidance for parents on how to support their child at home, and the capacity for school leadership teams to look across departments to see how GCSEPod is being deployed.”

He added: “All of this could be a very significant step in helping to declutter the working lives of teachers, to reduce their workload, to make them more effective in monitoring their students, and then in providing more customised feedback.”

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“100% of our year 11 students achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C.

82% achieved at least 5 GCSEs including Maths, English and/or Welsh at grades A*-C. An impressive 27% of grades were at A* or A compared to the national average of 19.4%.

We strongly believe that GCSEPod has played an important role in improving the outcomes for some of our pupils. Indeed, some of our top users exceeded their target grades in many areas and have now returned to the sixth form to continue their studies at A level.”

Diane Evans - Assistant Head Teacher,
Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteif

There is a very clear correlation between the subjects with the most pronounced raises in attainment (English Literature, Chemistry, Biology and Physics) and those that had the highest GCSEPod usage.

In addition, the student with the highest GCSEPod usage was also our highest achiever.

Because there has so clearly been an impact on the departments that utilised GCSEPod effectively, we will be looking to increase the use of GCSEPod across the school in coming years.”

Andrew Ost - Deputy Head,
Fort Pitt Grammar School

“We’ve used GCSEPod for a year and the results speak for themselves!

Not only did we see a rise in headline measures across the board with our highest user of GCSEPod gaining 7A* – but the students and their parents love it!

It’s fun, user friendly, and easy to use in a variety of ways – on a mobile device, in school, at the heart of our mentoring and intervention strategies, for flipping learning, and to deliver positive engagement that parents can see. Plus we’ve only just scratched the surface!”

Dominic Howkins - Vice Principal,
Ormiston Sudbury Academy

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