In interviews with the media Geraint Roberts, deputy head at the school, has spoken about the causes of this dramatic rise in results, and in particular cites a change that has seen the level of A* to C grades rise from 59% to 77%.
One year ago King Charles School introduced a remarkable new approach to revision in the school – using iPods loaded with curriculum-based podcasts.
The aim was to make the learning more accessible (one is almost tempted to say “more cool”) to those students for whom learning from text books is particularly difficult.
The students have responded incredibly well to this and have found the approach of revision notes on their iPod a much more accessible way to learn as it utilises technology that has more in common within their culture.
To make the system work the school has introduced their own iPods that they book out to the students (through the library) – which overcomes any thoughts that the students might be pretending to use the system while listening to something else.
Obviously, if this is not a concern, students could also use their own machines to watch the curriculum material at school or home.
There is a copy of one of the programmes that covers King Charles School’s breakthrough on www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Cd6SSsaCcE
There is also a BBC article on the issue at www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-11430559
If you would like to know more about introducing GCSEPod to your school then you can find out more:
- On the GCSEPod website www.gcsepod.co.uk/subjects/history/
- By phone on 0191 2111 999
- By email to Anthony.firstname.lastname@example.org