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Prep and GCSE Pod


Each week your child will receive ‘preparation for learning’ (prep) tasks. It will be expected that these tasks will be completed in the students’ own time in preparation for the next lesson. It will either consolidate learning made, so that that learning can be built on in future lessons, or prepare for future learning, for example through pre-reading or research. We have found that this approach enhances student motivation, engagement and progress.

The purpose of preparation for learning is to provide the students with:

  • The skills for learning
  • Greater opportunities to develop independent thinking
  • A greater responsibility for their own learning
  • Enhanced levels of progress in each lesson and across series of lessons

How will preparation for learning work?

  • Your child will be set a preparation for learning task in each subject using Teams and will be visible to parents on EduLink
  • This task will need to be completed by the set date
  • The teacher will give your child a time limit that the task is to be completed in
  • Try to ensure that your child sticks to these timings so they spend the appropriate amount of time on the task
  • The learning that your child does in the preparation for learning task will be used in the next lesson. Your child will need to ensure it is completed by the deadline given and bring that work with them to the appropriate lesson
  • In the lesson, your child will use the piece of work as part of their learning
  • A standing item of Prep you can help your child with is for students to review and reflect on the work in the day’s lesson by consolidating notes or redrafting written work and extending their understanding.


GCSEPod is now available at Monk’s Walk School!  We have subscribed to the award-winning service to give your child access to thousands of hours of professionally produced, audio-visual content which will benefit them throughout the coming year.    

GCSEPod has over 4,000 teacher-written, audio-visual pods which have been produced specifically for learning, homework and revision. The Pods contain all the right facts, quotes, keywords, dates and annotated diagrams that your child needs for GCSE success.  They won’t need to use GCSEPod for long to see the impact; in fact, consistent use of just 10 minute chunks is proven to support achievement whatever your child’s target grade is.  

The GCSEPod website can be viewed on mobiles, tablets and PCs and the Pods can be downloaded for offline viewing.  The Pods are mapped to the curriculum and students can access pre-set exam playlists which collate all the Pods relevant to a specific exam into a neatly organised list.    

Once your child has activated their account they can browse the Pod library and create their own playlists – just as they would when they’re listening to music. We recommend that you discuss GCSEPod with your son or daughter to ensure that they have successfully activated their accounts and encourage them to make use of this service throughout their GCSEs.

All students have already been registered with GCSEPod and simply need to activate their account and choose a username and password.  To access GCSEPod for the first time, students should follow these simple steps: 

  • Go to GCSE Pod and click “Login” in the top right hand corner
  • Click “New here?  Get started.”
  • Select “Pupil”
  • Enter your child’s name, date of birth and type in the name of their school. Your school should appear in a dropdown list. Click on the school in this list to confirm it.
  • Select a username, password, and a password hint to help you remember the password.  

Once logged in, students can search for Pods by keyword, a specific exam or subject area. 

For more ways you can help support your child using GCSEPod, visit GCSE Pod Parents where you’ll find lots more information and resources.