Master GCSE Maths, English and Science subjects FAST! 🚀
Our Big Purpose 🎯
We bring together Secondary School students to learn and master GCSE subjects so that we can help each other feel more confident with school-work, be better prepared for our exams, and support each other to achieve mind-blowing results.This is what we are about. 👏
Welcome! My name is Ryan, I am one of the founding members of GCSE.CO.UK platform, and I am a parent of a Secondary School student. Our aim is simple. We help Secondary School (and home-schooling) students learn and pass exams through structured learning, live-tutor workshops/courses, tutor-led study groups, and so much more. Our foundation, or the umbrella under which everything else sits, is a community of tutors and students, who are there to help and support each other. That’s a mouthful. 😜
☝️ BTW, we are not just about GCSE students; we support students from Year 7 to 11. Our community is unique – there isn’t anyone else like us in the UK!
Coronavirus and its impact on our kids 🙏
The Coronavirus has turned our lives upside down, and there is no denying that. However, it has had the most significant impact on our kid’s education. Our kids are going to pay a considerable price, both in terms of mental wellbeing and educational attainment1. Unless you are fortunate enough to be able to send your kids to private school or the right grammar school, then it is highly likely that your kid’s schools are not coping. In short, our kids are not being educated “properly” and not receiving sufficient educational support.
Many parents like us are now turning to online educational support2 to help their kids and to stop them from falling behind and becoming another statistic. This is not a new phenomenon; it was true pre-Coronavirus. The Coronavirus just sped up the situation. However, finding good educational support hasn’t worked out as simple as some parents had hoped. (Side note, we were here before COVID3😉)
Saving Money for Low-Income Households
The educational attainment gap in the UK has been growing for some time. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this situation much worse – the gap between rich and poor pupils in England ‘grows by 46% in a year’4. We are doing our bit by making educational support cheaper for parents. We are also going a step further, by discounting our membership plans by as much as two-thirds for students who are from low-income households.
Why can’t it be simple? 🤯
If you are a parent like me and spent any amount of time looking at supporting your kid’s education, then you have probably come across a myriad of learning services in 2020, Britain. After spending a considerable amount of time looking at this, I can tell you that there are a few good ones, but the bad ones far outweighed the good.
I found all extremes, from sites that were drowning my kid in videos and quizzes, to websites that tried to dazzle me in science and technology. I found many sites using buzzwords like “interactive”, assuming just because something moves means that your kids were going to learn! Then I found a few websites that claimed to follow “a scientific learning method”, whatever that means. They try to dazzle you with the science of learning, and tell you that they have done more analytics on learning than Cambridge Analytica! 😉
The overriding theme that I found running through all of these “paid services” was that they had turned learning, what is supposed to be a positive, into a lonely or solitary experience. Students very often go through monotonous courses where there is no interaction with a living soul, even via live chat. In short, there is no one to discuss what was studied, no tutor to ask questions, no peers to chat or bounce ideas off, not even marking of assignments!
It can be simple. It can be better. Together. 🤝
Technology is great. However, it’s not everything, and it never should be. By trying to utilise technology to support our kid’s education, and by putting technology at the centre, it feels like many of these services have tried to “reinvent the wheel”.
The human race has been learning and evolving for a very long time. And in that time, we have learnt most effectively in communities, in groups and classes and so on. This is because we are social creatures. We have an innate need to connect with others.
The way we do things
The foundation of our learning platform is our community. You can join our community for FREE. It’s the umbrella under which everything else sits. We provide FREE access to the community, and we charge for our core services.
Our service offering includes a structured learning programme, live workshops or courses, study groups with tutoring support, quizzes, worksheets, assignments, marking and reporting.
We have made all our learning components, from the structured learning units to workshops, bite-sized so that it is easy to learn and absorb. We encourage small workshops and groups to enable students to connect with tutors and each other. There are many study groups or workshops, each specialising in a particular topic or area. E.g. GCSE Maths could be split up into 5 workshops or courses. As students have unlimited access, they can go through all of them or the ones they feel they need.
We have made all our learning components, from the structured learning units to workshops, bite-sized so that it is easy to learn and absorb. We encourage small workshops and groups to enable students to connect with tutors and each other. There are many study groups or workshops, each specialising in a particular topic or area. For example, GCSE Maths is split up into five workshops or courses. As students have unlimited access, they can go through all of the courses (with live classes) or the ones they feel they need.
What you get as Student (or Parent)
Our learning programme is about structure and flexibility. Whether you are the type of student that thrives in groups or the kind of student that loves learning on your own, don’t worry, we have you covered. There is something in it for every type of student.
The Community at the centre
The diagram below gives you an overview of our learning programme. We have the community at the centre, and within that, we have a learning programme, workshops, groups, marking and reporting. The five elements that make up our learning support service are below. We aim to provide every student with 360-degree educational support.
What does membership cost?
We created a unique learning programme with an unparalleled community. Our aim has always been to keep things simple; we include everything for £98 a month! It is a fantastic value given what we have included: structured learning, workshops, study groups, marking and reports.
I realise £96 a month is not cheap. I am not going to tell you it is. It equates to £3.20 a day, same a cup of coffee in many branded coffee shops! Your kid’s education is worth a lot more than £3.20 a day!