Case Studies

We have a growing bank of case studies and news articles from subscribers. Read how other teachers are finding success with GCSEPod in all kinds of schools, academies, colleges and situations. If you would like to hear about schools in your area please do get in touch or take a look at our interactive Subscriber Feedback Map.

PiXL initiatives to raising standards

Lutterworth High School

Overview

Lutterworth subscribes to GCSEPod and within weeks of setup the school was amongst the highest GCSEPod using schools in the country. Last academic year students accessed an outstanding 32,000 Pods, of which over 11,000 were Maths (the highest Maths usage of any PiXL member).

The results

“We’ve found the quality of the digital subject content very high and all subject explanations are very clear and focused. The Pods are “no nonsense” and cover exactly what they say they do, as well as discriminating clearly between Higher and Foundation content."

Dick Salter, Assistant Headteacher

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Outstanding results using GCSEPod

Newcastle High School for Girls

Overview

Newcastle High School for Girls once again celebrated outstanding exam success this summer. In a year which has seen major changes to both sets of exams, girls and staff at the school rose to the challenge and reported a sharp rise in the number of top grades.

The results

"GCSEPod is to education what Spotify is to music. With such easy access to relevant content which has been designed for short sharp bursts of study, it is little wonder that the girls have quickly adopted it as a go-to resource for their studies."

Stephen Lovell, History Subject Leader

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GCSEPod subscriber named as one of the top 10 schools in the UAE

British School Al Khubairat

Overview

In 2016/17, BSAK was one of only 3 UK curriculum schools in Abu Dhabi to achieve a ‘very good’ inspection grade from the Abu Dhabi Education Council, and the school has recently also achieved 7th place in a lift of top UAE schools: read more about the background and this astounding achievement.

The results

“Of the 10 students with the highest English Literature usage, 8 achieved a 7-9 grade (equivalent of the old A-A* grade); 8 achieved higher than their predicted grade (4 by two grades); and the remaining 2 were in line with school predictions. Great stuff! ”

Nigel Davis, Deputy Headteacher

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How Mangotsfield Academy Turned Scepticism into Support

Mangotsfield Academy, South Gloucestershire

Overview

Sticking your neck on the line and persuading your SLTs that an investment will deliver real value is a brave move.  In 2012 a newly appointed assistant head teacher did just that.  Thankfully however, he has transformed the scepticism of his SLT into whole-hearted support. Here’s how…

The results

"I could instantly see how GCSEPod could be used and provide students with a deeper learning experience. However, not everyone shared my enthusiasm! Now GCSEPod has been embedded in to the schemes of work and it’s no small coincidence that we have seen a significant increase in results and progress."

Del Planter, Deputy Head

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Measuring value for money isn’t easy. But for school leaders it has become an essential part of their role.

Chipping Campden, Kennet & Sir John Talbot

Overview

At GCSEPod we understand the responsibility we have for evidencing the value for money delivered by our system – both with our existing subscribers and with new schools. For those thinking about how to squeeze out every last drop of value from their budget, this article is for you.

The results

‘The analytics element of GCSEPod is invaluable in helping me to communicate how we are doing, whether any students might not be using the service and if we are getting value for money.”

Sue Busher, Kennet School

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Making the most of your GCSEPod Subscription

Kennet School, Thatcham, Berkshire

Overview

Kennet School have used GCSEPod successfully for several years, but their changing usage figures over that time clearly. demonstrates how an engaged and focused champion, coupled with targeted project manager support, can have a significant impact on releasing the full potential of the service. Sue Busher, Kennet’s e-Learning and Development Manager explains why…

The results

"What impressed me the most about GCSEPod is that its user interface is friendly and intuitive; its content is easier to digest and memorable; and its mobile friendly (very relevant to today’s technological-savvy pupils)."

Sue Busher, e-Learning and Development Manager

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Tracking patterns of student behaviour

Sir John Talbot's School, Shropshire

Overview

Sir John Talbot’s is a state secondary school in Whitchurch, for pupils aged between 11 and 18. Subscribing in 2016, in the first 6 months of their subscription students watched a whopping 12,486 Pods. Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Dawson, shares her experience on how they have been using GCSEPod to track student behaviours.

The results

"GCSEPod has been an invaluable tool in tracking student patterns of behaviour. This is powerful because it gives progress leaders an insight into the impact of the wider pastoral revision programme and we can see if and when the students are engaging. I have also been impressed by GCSEPods ability and efficiency in moving with exam reform. "

Mrs Dawson, Assistant Headteacher

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GCSEPod, Pupil Premium and Whole School Benefits

Richmond School, North Yorkshire

Overview

Richmond school’s 2016 exams results showed a slight dip in its pupil premium results and the SLT were keen to introduce additional resources to provide further support to these students.  Having listened to a head teacher discuss the positive impact of GCSEPod they decided to take a closer look.

The results

"Despite being funded as a learning resource to meet the specific needs of our pupil premium students, I quickly recognised its wider benefits too; providing an independent study resource as well as a potential teaching tool. We launched GCSEPod to the whole of the year 11 and within days of launch all of our students had signed up.”

Jenna Potter, Deputy Head

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How the Parker E-ACT Academy has gone from failing to flying

Parker E-ACT Academy, Daventry

Overview

This summer, Daventry’s Parker E-ACT Academy pulled in its best ever set of exam results with 55% of its students achieving five grade A* – Cs and its Andrew Mackereth is resolute that the academy will become Daventry’s next outstanding school: no small feat for an academy which only two years ago was placed in […]

The results

“I could immediately see how GCSEPod could work for us and how it would benefit our students and help us to encourage a greater sense of responsibility for their own learning. The data shows that there was most certainly a direct correlation between students who engaged in GCSEPod and the progress they made; all of our students, bar one, who made the greatest progress were high users."

Principal, Andrew Mackereth

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Thomas Alleyne’s High School Shares the Secret of its GCSEPod Success

Thomas Alleyne’s High School, Uttoxter

Overview

Headteacher Julie Rudge’s roll out of GCSEPod has been so successfull over the last two years she no longer oversees its usage but has instead created a dedicated small team of sixth form students, headed up by student Tom Hollins, to manage the process.

The results

“GCSEPod has universal appeal and is well used with students across the board. However what really attracted me is the valuable resource it offers our middle ground students who can so easily go under the radar. We can track usage and progress across all our student groups quickly and easily which helps us to ensure that we are giving every student the best possible chance to succeed."

Julie Rudge, Headteacher

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