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.

How to support the individual needs of learners

Ormiston Sudbury Academy, Suffolk

Overview

Ormiston Sudbury Academy is a co-educational academy in Suffolk for students from year 7 to year 11. Part of the Ormiston Academy Trust, after converting to academy status in 2012 results have improved year on year with the aim of providing every student with the support and confidence to achieve their very best and fully prepare them as individual for the adult world. Vice Principal Dom Howkins tells us how the school is using GCSEPod to support the individual needs of the school’s learners.

The results

“Without a doubt the most important thing to us was the quality and breadth of the content and GCSEPod doesn’t fail to deliver. GCSEPod has been written by teachers who clearly understand the curriculum and is narrated very well; it has clearly been produced by professionals who undertstand how and why teenagers learn and retain information.”

Dom Howkins, Vice Principal

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Use GCSEPod for flipped learning

Salesian College, Farnborough

Overview

Salesian College in Farnborough is an independent Catholic grammar school and is proud of its oustanding achievements, last year boasting a 100% GCSE pass rate, including 97% 10 A*-C grades. It operates a strict no mobile policy, and earlier this year introduced GCSEPod after seeing the product at Bett.

The results

“I made a beeline for the GCSEPod stand at Bett earlier this year. I could immediately see how it could work for us in our school. Despite operating a no mobile policy, we were keen to look at ways of utilising mobile technology to enhance learning. We steer our students to GCSEPod as the content has been written by teachers and we can be confident that what the students are learning is indeed correct and relevant to their studies."

Paul Garner, Head of ICT

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GCSEPod helps enhance student learning

Kings Priory School, Tynemouth

Overview

Kings Priory School in Tynemouth use GCSEPod across all their curriculum subjects, and introduce it to students from year 9. Curriculum Team Leader Jeanette Patterson explains how the school uses GCSEPod to enhance student learning.

The results

“We have introduced a BYOD policy into school and GCSEPod provides the quality, easily accessible content we need to encourage further use of mobile technology amongst our students and staff. We have reduced the need to always use our ICT suites and equally we are able to incorporate technology across all subjects.”

Jeanette Patterson, Curriculum Team Leader

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How to engage 97% of year 11 students in less than 2 months

Alperton School, Wembley

Overview

Last month assistant head teacher Alan Hart launched GCSEPod into school and already it is topping the download tables, with more than 90% of its year 11s now actively engaged. Alan gives us an insight into how the school managed to so successfully roll out the software and engage such a huge percentage of students so quickly.

The results

“We decided to make GCSEPod a student-led resource and launched it directly to them as opposed to our teaching staff. This imediately created a sense of ownership amongst the students and encouraged a desire to use something that had been introduced just for them.”

Alan Hart, Headteacher

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GCSEPod helps exam results shoot up by 15%

Toynbee School, Hampshire

Overview

Exam results at Toynbee School in Hampshire have jumped a staggering 15% in just one year since the introduction of GCSEPod.

In 2014 GCSE results rose from 59% to 74% A*-C including Maths and English – 19% above the national average. Derryn Hinks, Deputy Head Teacher, attributes much of this success to the introduction of GCSEPod.

The results

“The pupils here love ‘podding’ as we call it, and usage amongst some of our specific student groups has been remarkable. GCSEPod has helped us to meet the specific needs of target groups, but with a resource that actually benefits the whole school.”

Derryn Hinks, Deputy Headteacher

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RAISEonline results show fantastic improvement for students of all abilities

Robert May’s School, Hampshire

Overview

Andrew Page, Assistant Head at Robert May’s School sees a close link between record breaking 2014 GCSE performance and GCSEPod usage. In a difficult year that saw national GCSE results in English suffer, standards achieved by pupils at Robert May’s School broke all records.

The results

“RAISEonline analysis shows that the proportion of pupils who achieved 5 A*-C including English and Maths rose from 71% to 74% in 2014 and the best results were achieved in those subjects which made full use of GCSEPod, namely: English, Maths, Science, MFL, History and Geography."

Andrew Page, Assistant Head

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How would you do if you re-sat your GCSEs?

Priory Community School, Weston-super-Mare

Overview

Priory Community School believes in putting forward staff for GCSEs, in pursuit of lifelong learning, and also to share empathy with the students taking their exams. Two senior leaders at the school opted to sit GCSE examinations and use only the material available to them via GCSEPod for revision.

The results

“Whilst the use of mobile technology undoubtedly enhances our students’ learning, I did discover a few harsh home truths about GCSE examinations and what we ask or our youngsters.”

Neville Coles, Principal

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Engaging students with the use of technology

Flixton Girls’ School, Trafford

Overview

When Sonia Schofield, Director of Progress and Achievement at Flixton Girls’ School in Trafford, introduced a new technology tool into the school, she knew that it was important to gain the buy-in of both staff and students from the outset in order to ensure its success and impact.

The results

“Regardless of learning styles, there is one thing that most young people today have in common, which is their regular interaction with mobile technology, particularly their smart phones. It touches upon all aspects of their life, so we asked why not make it a vehicle for learning too?"

Sonia Schofield, Director of Progress and Achievement

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Using digital platforms to encourage active learning

Central Newcastle High School, Newcastle upon Tyne

Overview

When Steve Lovell, a history teacher at Central Newcastle High School in Newcastle upon Tyne, wanted to incorporate greater use of technology in his classroom, little did he know that he was in the first stages of a major research project to establish the impact of some of the most popular social media and digital platforms on encouraging greater active learning among students.

The results

"The case for GCSEPod was strong. With smart phone ownership drastically increasing year on year amongst our student population I could see the potential for harnessing the devices as valuable tools for teaching and learning to encourage more active learning both within and outside the classroom.”

Steve Lovell, History Teacher

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21st century learning in a 20th century building

Wayland Academy, Norfolk

Overview

Glen Allott is Assistant Principal at Wayland Academy, a small rural academy in Norfolk with 672 pupils age 11-16. Previously a Specialist Technology College, it was one of the first schools in Norfolk to convert to an Academy. It is part of the TEN Group (Transforming Education in Norfolk), a federation with City Academy Norwich – one of the most improved Academies group in the country.

The results

"We have looked at how we too can harness the power of mobile without necessarily having each piece of the jigsaw readily in place. How can we provide 21st century learning in a 20th century built environment? Taking phones out of pockets and into our classrooms is already having a hugely positive effect."

Glen Allott, Assistant Principal

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