Designed for teachers - GCSEPod


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Designed for teachers

Teach, assess, monitor and engage

All with one award-winning resource.

GCSEPod is now part of Access Education. We create award-winning curriculum content for 28 GCSE / IGCSE subjects and Key Stage 3. Spend once and spend wisely with GCSEPod, it’s trusted and proven to work both inside and outside of the classroom. We offer detailed and comprehensive coverage of all exam boards, as well as ready-made launch plans and resources. Proven to help users achieve one grade higher on average than non-users.


GCSEPod has been called the ‘Netflix’ of GCSE content. Using scientifically proven learning techniques, our content engages students in a way that builds confidence and self-belief, encouraging them to work smarter not harder. Learning is delivered to students in the form of ‘Pods’. Each ‘Pod’ is a micro byte of 3-5 minutes of high-quality audio-visual learning., Using two senses (sight and sound) in tandem (dual coding) is proven to help learners absorb, retain, and recall subject knowledge, and keeping our Pods short allows us to engage students without overwhelming them with too much information too quickly.

Our library of Pods is currently 6,000+ strong, covering 28 subjects. Schools can pre-select their choice of subject and exam specifications so that students see only relevant pre-created playlists, making it easy for users to organise their learning. Students can either work through the content independently or their learning journey can be dictated by their teacher who can set assignments, recommend content, and mark summative assessments online.


The star of the assessment area is Check & Challenge. Where other assessment systems are the equivalent of giving students a list of answers in the back of a textbook, Check & Challenge is more like giving every student a coach to help them navigate their way to the answers while providing scaffolded support along the way. For teachers, the data gained from Check & Challenge provides meaningful and actionable feedback, which translates to accelerated progress and no wasted time.

Our Exam-Style Assignments offer an efficient and effective way for students to practice essential skills and test their subject knowledge. Original, exam board-specific questions, all written by experts, are now available for more than 20 GCSE subjects. Easy to set using our Ready-Made Assignments function and quick to mark, thanks to a partially-automated marking system backed up by clear marking support for every question, Exam-Style Assignments will save teachers valuable time.


GCSEPod enables usage review by user (teacher or student), group, individual and category (e.g. EAL). A wide range of bespoke reports can be automatically created, ready to share with colleagues or export into school management systems.


We offer a wide range of resources to raise awareness, train and encourage learners, students, and parents to use GCSEPod effectively. Regularly updated, we provide everything from videos, handouts, presentations, quick start guides, digital signage and parent letters in a variety of languages.


Richard Ward, Assistant Principal, Manor Croft Academy

Teacher Tools

We are dedicated to improving the working lives of teachers with our range of features that:

  • Save time
  • Reduce workload
  • Increase attainment

Check & Challenge

A unique assessment system that evaluates students’ knowledge and provides scaffolded support via hints, multiple choice options and feedback statements, to aid actual learning and retention. With a range of question difficulties, including questions designed to challenge even the most able students. It provides teachers with valuable insights.
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Exam-style Assignments

In response to the challenges facing teachers due to Covid, we are delighted to bring you to brand new exam-style assignments. These incredible new assignments give your students and teachers access to original assessment material, essential exam practice and evidence of attainment to use when awarding grades.
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Ready-made Assignments

Pre-created assessments to check knowledge and understanding. Created by subject specialists, they build confidence and identify gaps in knowledge. These assignments encourage students to ‘watch, quiz, practise and apply’ their learning. These assignments are pre-built and ready for you to assign in seconds, saving teacher time to focus on interventions that matter.

Accessibility  Toolbar

At GCSEPod we are all about making sure the learning sticks, and believe that learning and teaching technologies should enhance learning for everyone, and not limit access. We ensure our pods are accessible, including by taking colour blindness into account, ensuring all text is easily readable, and through options to add subtitles and change playback speed. Find out more +


Practise and Apply workbooks accompany the Achieve English and Maths modules. These workbooks allow lower attaining students to build up their confidence in English and maths using the straightforward approach of Quiz, Practice and Apply. Packed full of activities, advice and assessment the Achieve workbooks are an ideal companion aimed at supporting teachers in making up the time they don’t have in the classroom.

Automated Intervention

You won’t need to use data to find out where intervention is needed. Our Boost Playlists identify knowledge gaps, providing students with a detailed report on their strengths and weaknesses and an automatically generated playlist of content closely matched to their weakest areas. Boost Playlists give students control of their own learning, and give you the clarity to develop precisely focused intervention.

Track & Monitor

Track and monitor engagement with the GCSEPod dashboard. It’s visual and user-friendly, but packed with figures and easily exportable information. You can see at a glance what was set, the marks each pupil got, and the average mark for each question and student. You can also see usage data on an individual and group level, making it easy to identify students who may need additional intervention.

Mark Homework

“With GCSEPod the marking is done for me and I am automatically notified of any students who haven’t grasped the learning objective. This tells me how much knowledge each student has, and the areas where they need extra support in a much more meaningful way.”

Matthew Everett,
Senior Assistant Principal,
Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Teach Outside Specialism

Our content is set out clearly, making it easier for you to teach outside of your specialism. Choose the exam boards you teach for each subject, and only the relevant content will be visible. Plan your lessons in seconds, with the confidence that all the content you need is available at your fingertips.

Rated ‘Teachers Choice’ we are the most reviewed and the highest rated company on Edtech Impact.


We have loads of great free resources for all schools to use, share and enjoy.


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