Parents – How to use GCSEPod
Staying safe on the Internet
Top exam tips
We understand how important it is to support your child during their GCSEs, so we’ve created a page full of resources, especially for you. Here you can discover parent user guides and quick start guides, and you can explore how to support your child.
Guide to supporting your child through their GCSEs
GCSE examinations can be a worrying prospect for your child and they will be under a great deal of pressure with deadlines and examination preparation. Parents/Carers may find it difficult to support their children through this time. This parent guide is a list of possible strategies that may help you with this support.
GCSEPod Parent User Documents
If your child’s school uses Firefly, click here for Firefly-specific instructions.
GCSEPod Parent Supporting Documents
On the screen above we have included a few videos to make it easier to understand how your can help your child using GCSEPod. We have also included a quick internet safety guide to help them understand how to keep safe online.
Homework can often feel like a chore, and there are a million things you’d rather be doing.
Here’s some posters to help you re-think homework and feel a little bit more motivated.
Poster with all 5 tips on:
Individual posters for each tip:
Here is our exam checklist, simply click on the image and download it to print it off and check you are ready for your exams.
Exam tip posters
Helpful reminders to get you in the best state of mind to take on your exams. We know how crucial it is to get into the right state of mind before exams, so we put together some tips to help you get the most from this exam time.
To download the poster simply click on the images below.
Exam motivation posters
Click on the links below to download our motivation posters – perfect when you are in need of that little extra encouragement.
Top Revision Tips Poster
Anti-bullying Help & Advice
If you are being bullied or know someone who is, here are some top tips on how to deal with it and get help to stop it.
View our internet safety Pod at the top of this page or alternatively download our Internet Safety poster below.
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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
“In 2015, our GCSE students reached 49% A-A* which is a huge achievement.
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
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.