Launch

Just about to launch or re-launch GCSEPod? We can help!

We know that there are a huge number of ways to successfully launch and embed GCSEPod. Each school or college faces different challenges and so we’ve supported hundreds of GCSEPod Lead teachers through their own unique launch plan.

Over the years, we’ve learned that a successful launch plan tends to draw from a similar set of key strategies. Once you’ve got your roll-out plan in place, it can be used successfully for every new academic year to introduce to new year groups.

Use the links below to download some fantastic resources to help plan your launch.

EXPERT ADVICE FROM REAL SCHOOLS

Looking for expert advice from a school that has already successfully launched GCSEPod?
We’ve got it!  Click below to download some fantastic guides written by school leaders:

 

Rednock School’s guide to the perfect GCSEPod launch

Rednock School in Gloucestershire launched GCSEPod in November 2015. Within two weeks every year 11 student had logged on and more than 11,000 Pods had been streamed, making it the most successful GCSEPod launch to date. We spoke to Assistant Head Ben Cheeseman to find out how they engaged students so quickly. Here are his top 8 tips to a successful launch. Read the full guide here >>

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

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. Read the full case study here >>

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OUR DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO LAUNCHING GCSEPOD

By collating hundreds of successful strategies into one place, this guide compiles launch ideas into interactive launch maps and allows you to build your launch plan with ease.

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Want to launch to students first, then promote to staff? Or perhaps you want to launch to a few pilot student groups first.

Whatever your idea, we’ve got the strategies to make it happen!

Download our definitive guide here.

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“100% of our year 11 students achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C.

82% achieved at least 5 GCSEs including Maths, English and/or Welsh at grades A*-C. An impressive 27% of grades were at A* or A compared to the national average of 19.4%.

We strongly believe that GCSEPod has played an important role in improving the outcomes for some of our pupils. Indeed, some of our top users exceeded their target grades in many areas and have now returned to the sixth form to continue their studies at A level.”

Diane Evans - Assistant Head Teacher,
Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteif

There is a very clear correlation between the subjects with the most pronounced raises in attainment (English Literature, Chemistry, Biology and Physics) and those that had the highest GCSEPod usage.

In addition, the student with the highest GCSEPod usage was also our highest achiever.

Because there has so clearly been an impact on the departments that utilised GCSEPod effectively, we will be looking to increase the use of GCSEPod across the school in coming years.”

Andrew Ost - Deputy Head,
Fort Pitt Grammar School

“We’ve used GCSEPod for a year and the results speak for themselves!

Not only did we see a rise in headline measures across the board with our highest user of GCSEPod gaining 7A* – but the students and their parents love it!

It’s fun, user friendly, and easy to use in a variety of ways – on a mobile device, in school, at the heart of our mentoring and intervention strategies, for flipping learning, and to deliver positive engagement that parents can see. Plus we’ve only just scratched the surface!”

Dominic Howkins - Vice Principal,
Ormiston Sudbury Academy

Awards

Don’t just take our word for it. GCSEPod has gained huge recognition since our initial launch in 2010 and we continue to pick up industry awards along the way. We’re constantly listening to the schools that use GCSEPod and learning how we can best support teachers and students in times of change. Contact us to tell us your goals for the next year and discuss how we can be a part of your school improvement strategy.

Click here to find out more about our awards