Students learn at different speeds and apply themselves in different ways. In particular, the way that students behave during independent learning periods can vary massively across a school.

GCSEPod is designed to drive student progress and empower learners to engage with subject matter at their own pace.

For low-on-confidence learners and those who are slower to grasp a topic, our Pods are incredibly flexible – allowing students to rewind, re-watch and read around a subject in their own time. But there are just as many benefits for high attainers who thrive on being challenged.

In many schools around the country, elements of GCSEPod are being incorporated into schemes of learning as early as Year 7. Whether it’s a subject overview to introduce a topic, assigning a Pod for a flipped learning exercise or simply an inquisitive student exploring Pods in their own time, the potential for learning through GCSEPod is endless.

Here are a few ideas on how to support more able learners:

Start early

GCSEPod doesn’t need to be a learning resource that is exclusive to students in Year 11. In fact, many of our subscribing schools have had great success through introducing the platform to students in Year 10 and even Year 9. Enabling students to familiarise themselves with GCSEPod earlier in their studies has been found to help them optimise their usage and use the tools at their disposal to create a tailored learning and GCSE revision plan.

Our Year 10s have been desperate to use it, so we have rolled it out to them this year and appointed some of our highest Year 11 users as GCSEPod experts to offer them guidance and help.

Andrew Rome

Assistant Head, Maidenhill School

Our current Year 11s are really familiar with it as they have been using it since Year 9 . . . It is pretty much embedded into the culture of the school and we can see from the usage records that students often go off and download specific podcasts independently following lessons.

Paul Cairns

Assistant Head, Archbishop Temple School

We are using GCSEPod to stretch our most able students while supporting those with special educational needs . . . We are using it to challenge our Year 10 students (Year 9 equivalent in English schools) in preparation for their GCSE years.

James Maxwell

Principal, Markethill High School

Question Bank

Why not challenge students to tackle additional assignments from the bank of 50,000+ available through GCSEPod. There are plenty of self-marking multiple choice assignments available so that learners can gain instant test results and teachers do not have to dedicate additional time to marking.


Thanks to the playlist function, teachers can pick out Pods that stretch students who are capable of getting ahead of the curriculum. These bumper playlists can be shared via a playlist link.


Help to facilitate students’ thirst for knowledge by offering them access to additional online learning tools and resources. By using the Xtras tool, teachers can provide links to web pages, YouTube channels and past papers through GCSEPod. Simply create a link to these Xtras in the Teacher Area and post it to the school website, social media or VLE.

Run competitions

Nothing gets the competitive juices going like the lure of a prize. Thanks to GCSEPod’s analytical functionality, it is possible for teachers to set targets and turn Pod usage into a competition. In fact, a number of our subscribing schools have successfully introduced awards for students who watch the most Pods across the course of a term or a year.

We run a monthly competition to acknowledge the top subject and student, which has introduced an element of fun competition.

Jenny Bashford

Director of Learning, Great Barr School

Could your students benefit from additional GCSE revision resources?
Looking to bring digital tools into your school to challenge high attainers and support less able students.
Why not email for more information.