EdTech firm, GCSEPod, has today been awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2021 in the category of International Trade.
The award recognises their work to provide students preparing for their GCSE and IGCSE exams across the world with tailored resources that consolidate subject knowledge, accelerate progress and most importantly reduce workload.
The firm has also played a central role during Covid in helping learning continue throughout the last year, with record numbers of students accessing content. GCSEPod provides access to over 1 million students across over 40 countries.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is an awards programme for British businesses that excel in international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.
The award is granted annually and is valid for five years. Previous winners of the award include Babbasa; a social enterprise which helps students from disadvantaged backgrounds find employment, and Evidence Based Education, which offers an innovative teacher training programme.
In the last decade GCSEPod has expanded its profile internationally, initially via a partnership with the British Council where the company began to build its reputation. International growth has exceeded expectations with over 1,700 schools using GCSEPod across the world. GCSEPod is a member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and British Schools in the Middle East (BSME).
Closer to home, GCSEPod offers 28 different subjects to students. The ‘pods’ are short sharp video downloads (between 3-5 minutes long) which students can access from any device at any hour of the day.
Co-founder and Director of GCSEPod Anthony Coxon said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award. It is a recognition of the hard work and dedication of the entire team to help pupils keep learning throughout the last year both at home and internationally. It has been a privilege to help teenagers around the world take charge of their learning and their futures, and we look forward to supporting them for years to come.
“Blended learning is here to stay – despite pupils returning to schools we cannot go back to the old model of learning only being delivered in-person. Better access to online material is key to closing the attainment gap and cannot be ignored. We are working tirelessly to ensure that GCSEPod can provide more students with the innovative and informative lessons and wider learning, however they want to digest it.”