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An exciting and inspiring new FREE programme designed to help support learning this summer!

From the 26th July and over the course of 3 weeks, students and parents are invited to participate in engaging and interactive webinars, and gain access to interviews with subject specialists, resources, task sheets, podcasts and more.

To take part you must register your interest here

Live Events

When the event is due to start, just click the “Join now” button below. Anyone in your family can join, just tell them to click the link.  After the event, we’ll add the recording to the SummerPod web page in case you missed it!

(We do recommend watching these webinars live if possible)

Student Webinar Resources

Subject Specific Videos

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English

Click here to download our support guide with top tips for good English exam habits. 

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Maths

Click here to download our support guide with top tips for good Maths exam habits. 

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WJEC English

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Science

Podcasts

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Health & Wellbeing

It’s fair to say the last year was not exactly easy, and many of us are feeling uncertain or anxious about the future. But there’s loads of things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing and taking any time you can for self-care is massively important, especially now. Visit our mental health page to find out more.

We’ve also created a 20 day wellbeing challenge with fun things to do over 20 days to help with your wellbeing. Click on the poster to the left to download it and start your challenge today. 

Plus, don’t forget to document your challenges and share via Instagram and Twitter tagging @gcsepod for the chance of winning a spot prize.

Keep fit and healthy

YST and GCSEPod have developed a series of Wellbeing Pods to help you better manage your wellbeing.

If you look after your wellbeing and learn to take responsibility for it, not only will it support you through your exams, but also beyond that and into adult life.

Study smarter not harder!

Your time spent learning is so valuable, make sure you are making the most of it by learning “How to Learn”. These pods teach you techniques to ensure you make the most of your learning time. 

Stay Motivated

Motivation with Cameron Parker

Spotify Playlist

We have created a spotify SummerPod playlist. Simply click on the button below to open the playlist in spotify and enjoy. It’s open for collaboration so feel free to add songs you think everyone will enjoy.

Useful Videos

Reading Challenge

Promotional flyers and poster!

Click on the images of the posters to download them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any cost?

None whatsoever!  After a hugely challenging year, we’re delighted to offer a fun, interactive and motivational programme of events to all students and parents of students at GCSEPod subscribing schools.  We can’t wait for you to take part!

 

Can teachers join in too or only students and parents?

Of course teachers can join too!  Any teacher at a GCSEPod subscribing school can come along and maybe take back some of the activity ideas to try out with their students in the new academic year!

 

Is SummerPod like Summer School?  Will the students be taught specific subject knowledge or is it more general advice?

We are providing a small number of videos focussed on subject-specific skills, particularly in English and Maths.  However, due to the huge range of subjects covered on GCSEPod and the range of students that will be taking part, the SummerPod live events and activities will be focussed on general life and learning skills such as staying organised, ditching distractions, effective prioritisation and keeping motivated.  Students will be encouraged to identify and focus on their individual subject knowledge weaknesses using the self assessment and learning features on the GCSEPod website such as Check & Challenge.  Competitions and fun subject-agnostic activities will drive students to boost their knowledge and build their confidence, no matter what subject area they need to strengthen!

 

Is there a set itinerary/programme of events so that students/parents need to log on at a given time?

Yes!  SummerPod lasts 3 weeks from the 26th July to the 14th August.  Each week there will be two live events which will take place in the evening (dates and times still to be confirmed once we have firm numbers wanting to attend).  One event is aimed at parents and the other is for students (although anyone can attend any event and we encourage students and parents to take part together).  The events will each last 1 hour and have a live participation interactive element, a little bit like a webinar but more fun!  Attendees can take part or just watch, but we encourage everyone to take part and complete the activities with the hosts.  All live events will be recorded and recordings will be readily available for anyone who wants to watch on demand and catch up either during or after SummerPod.

 

Who is running the live events?

We have a range of fantastic hosts throughout the 3 weeks. We’re thrilled to have world-class youth coach and speaker Cameron Parker leading the student events.  Find out more about his incredible events here – https://www.gcsepod.com/cameron-parker-webinar/   We’re also delighted to be partnership with Future Toolbox, who will be running one of the three parent events.  Mark and Jules are multi-award winning motivational speakers, authors and creators of the Future Toolbox.  They cover topics such as how to prepare for the next stage of your educational journey and what parents can do to best support their children through their GCSEs.  Find out more here –  https://www.futuretoolbox.co.uk/

Can students log on and work at their own pace? Or a bit of both?

Absolutely!  A range of resources will be made available on the gcsepod.com/summerpod webpage including activity sheets and live event recordings.  Students can complete these at their own pace, although a recommended route through the activities will be outlined and linked up to the topics covered in the live events.

If students/parents are unavailable for a particular period during the 3 weeks will they still be able to engage with the programme and pick up where they left off?

Yes, absolutely.  All the resources, including the recording of the six live events will be available at www.gcsepod.com/summerpod

Will schools get notification if a student/parent has participated so that they can recognise their willingness to engage in the programme?

Yes!  If you sign up to SummerPod and leave your name and the school you attend (or your child attends) we can ensure that the school is aware that you’ve taken part.  All participants will also receive certificates of participation which you can show off to your teachers!

What mix of events and resources are going to be available? 

There will be six live events (three for parents and three for students) which will also be available on demand as recordings.  In addition there will be activity sheets, a series of short podcasts where parents share their experiences of supporting a child through their GCSEs, a Spotify playlist full of motivational songs curated by SummerPod attendees and a series of pre-recorded videos on specialist topics such as Maths and English skills for success.