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.

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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How to measure the impact and value of school resources

Chipping Campden School, Gloucestershire

Overview

Dominic Salles, Assistant Head at Chipping Campden School, a state secondary school in Gloucestershire wanted to find a more objective way of evaluating the impact and determining the school’s ROI on its subscription to GCSEPod.

The results

“Students across the board were downloading the podcasts – nearly 10,000 in seven months – and anecdotal feedback from students indicated that it was a useful resource. What’s more, our 5 A* to C exam results that year, 2012 – 2013 increased by 13 %. So, was GCSEPod the bargain that it seemed?”

Dominic Salles, Assistant Head

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St Christopher’s, Bahrain Looks Back on 4 Years with GCSEPod

St Christopher’s School, Bahrain

Overview

St Christopher’s School in Bahrain was the very first British International School to sign up to GCSEPod back in 2012. The school which offers British style education for pupils age 3 – 18, still has the highest usage and downloads of all international subscribers and usage amongst its core Year 10 and Year 11 students […]

The results

It is important that students make best use of their mobile devices, both in school and at home. GCSEPod is one way that we have
managed to keep the focus on learning, rather than the potential distractions of social media. I would recommend GCSEPod to international schools.”

Ed Goodwin, Executive Head

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GCSEPod is helping to raise standards

North Huddersfield Trust School, Huddersfield

Overview

Despite making great progress in many areas when Ofsted last visited in March 2015 they labelled the school as in need of improvement – particularly with regards to attainment – yet this summer, the school achieved its best ever set of exam results and the highest Progress 8 scores across all high schools in Huddersfield […]

The results

Our highest GCSEPod user also achieved the school’s second highest Progress 8 score.

But she was not alone, data shows a direct correlation between usage and positive progress amongst our top users.

Nick Howe

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Preparing for next academic year with GCSEPod

St Leonards Academy, East Sussex

Overview

The St Leonards Academy is a coeducational secondary school with academy status. We spoke to Richard Seale, e-learning leader at The St Leonards Academy in East Sussex to find how he and his colleagues are using GCSEPod and its new functionality to get ahead for the year to come.

The results

“We initially subscribed to GCSEPod as an independent revision tool whilst take up was high and we achieved our best ever exam results, we quickly recognised that it could be used as much more than a student-only resource. This year GCSEPod has become embedded into schemes of works, used as a homework resource and within the classroom.”

Richard Seale, e-learning leader

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Becoming the GCSEPod Lead when our school subscribed

Maidenhill School, Gloucestershire

Overview

Maidenhill School is a coeducational foundation secondary school located in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire. Within the space of a year, GCSEPod has found its place within school and has become an essential resource for students. Andrew Rome is the GCSEPod lead at the school and was tasked with rolling it out to staff and students. We speak to him to find out more about his experience.

The results

"I had some reservations about taking on the role as I feared it would take me away from other school priorities. I also thought it would be a challenge to get the ‘buy in’ we hoped for; but I really needn’t have worried."

Andrew Rose, Assistant Head Teacher

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A long term resource in a high achieving school

Archbishop Temple School, Preston

Overview

Archbishop Temple School in Preston, a top performing secondary school in the North West, was one of the first schools in the UK to subscribe to GCSEPod back in 2011. Assistant Headteacher Paul Cairns tells us why he believes GCSEPod has stood the test of time, and why it continues to play such an important role within school.

The results

"As this is the fourth year we have had it in school, GCSEPod is pretty much embedded into the culture of the school. Our current year 11s are really familiar with it as they've been using it since year 9, so they are already using it quite heavily."

Paul Cairns, Assistant Headteacher

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Addressing the gender gap with GCSEPod

Gwernyfed High School, Wales

Overview

Gwernyfed High School is a small rural school in Wales. Just like many schools across the UK, girls’ attainment at Gwenyfed outstrips that of boys, but the school has now made addressing the gender gap a key priority. Steve Williams, Deputy Headteacher explains how GCSEPod has proved an effective tool in narrowing the gender gap and engaging boys at the school.

The results

"We've seen boys who have been particularly difficult to engage with downloading a large volume of Pods - not only on the instructions of their teachers but totally independently too. Their aspirations have been raised and they are responding well.”

Steve Williams, Deputy Headteacher

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