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.

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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GCSEPod helps to close the gender gap

St Augustine’s Catholic College,Wiltshire

Overview

St Augustine’s Catholic College is a faith school in Wiltshire with traditional values, a wealth of experienced teachers and results well above the national average. Adam Sturdee, AST for History & Cross Curriculum ICT, joined the school two years ago and was immediately interested to find out what technologies were being used at St Augustine’s and how he could add value.

The results

"The impact was immediately visible. In 2011 there was a 15% difference between the boys’ results and the girls’ results. GCSEPod was a significant part of our strategy to close this gap and in 2012 the difference was less than 1%. We’d be hard pushed to find anything of similar value with the same impact as GCSEPod.”

Adam Sturdee, AST for History & Cross Curriculum ICT

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