An insight into REAL student learning habits based on data from GCSEPod subscribing schools

GCSEPod can help shed a clearer light onto different aspects of learning.

Last academic year, more than 4.8m Pods were watched by students in nearly 1000 schools UK and internationally. This year our subscribers have already watched 4.6m and we still have our busiest exam period to go!  Here we share some fascinating facts about student learning habits through the week and school year:


75% of GCSEPod usage happens outside of school in their own time!

There is a consistent 7.00pm peak in usage on school days as students settle down to their work after eating/relaxing.

Friday night is a night off for many and twice as many students log on a Sunday compared to Saturday.

There are a few (although not many) early risers on both days of the weekend, but they allow themselves a longer lie in on Sunday!  (less than 5% start before 10.00 a.m. on Saturday, less than 3% on Sunday).

A minority of students are working far longer into the small hours than might be considered wise: over the course of the year, just under 5% are still streaming content between 11.00 p.m. and 2.00 a.m. (our subscribers can identify exactly which students this applies to and perhaps offer extra support/mentoring).


In the critical exam period, we see a big surge in usage from 6-8 a.m. on weekdays as students fit in some last minute revision before going into their examination!

They are also watching double the amount they watched during the last term.

Sunday is the biggest revision day at the weekend and they prefer to work in the afternoon.


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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


Don’t just take our word for it. We’re very proud of the recognition we’ve gained over the years, and we’ve picked up many industry awards along the way. We’re constantly striving to get better at what we do so that our award-winning service provides exactly what you need.

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