We are teachers/educators, but we are parents and students. And if we are not happy for our kids to use our platform, it's not worth doing. It's that simple for us.

If you have read "The Pitch" (we know it's very long, intentionally, so only the hardcore will stay the course 😉) - you know that there are tons of online courses out there, and they are of varying degrees of quality.

Information overload 🤯

So, teens have online courses coming at them from every direction. This generation of teens is under immense pressure compared to any other generation before them. They are a generation drowning in social media and all the stresses it brings. They are also a generation constantly being told that things are "easy for them" and that exams have become easier compared to the "good old days".

Teen Life Pressure

Someone must remind me when these good old days happened - because I must have slept through them. 😴 The reality is we have pushed the benchmark a lot higher, which means Grade A, or Grade B, doesn't mean what it used to be compared to even ten years ago. And the quality of work now has to be so much better in many areas.

Students now have tons of options to fast-track their learning. Internet and smartphones have created courses in every shape, size and form - helping students become more efficient with their time.

Many of these online courses are popular, but the completion rates could be much higher. If most parents knew this, they would run a mile. The completion rates are anywhere between 5-15 per cent. That is terrible by any standard. It speaks volumes about how students feel about these courses.

There must be another way 🙏

So, we don't want to offer you yet "another course" when we know it's probably not the best tool for you or your son/daughter. However, our kids still need to learn, and learning online is still one of the best ways of learning efficiently.

Another Way

We will NOT offer you "another course". The GCSE platform will give you another way of doing things - the best of both worlds. It gives you many of the features you would get with a course without the rigid structure and pressures accompanying it.

It has everything you would typically find in a high-quality course, like learning notes (or revision content), quizzes, worksheets and videos. Most have one or two of these things, but not all. But we have included it all - and some.

Learning hasn’t really changed

If we are honest, many aspects of learning have changed very little in generations. So, we know reading and practising quizzes and answering questions is still the most effective way of learning and preparing for exams. It hasn't changed much - in decades! Importantly, empirical evidence shows that quizzes or Q&As are the best way to improve retrieval skills.

So, we keep what we know to work - like revision notes, quizzes and mock exams. These tools have been around for decades and have stood the test.

However, the low levels of completion/participation in online courses from school students mean we need to try a better way. Anything that engages the student can only be a good thing. And most online courses don't - it is simply a matter of fact.

We noticed that our kids who were using some of these other learning platforms (provided by their schools) were actively avoiding using them. No exaggeration. We want students to want to use our platform. Yes, we know it sounds cliche. But what's the point of a learning platform if we need to coax students to use it?

Something, so simple that it works 🤩

Here is the bombshell. We did away with courses as most people know - Sections, Topics, Sub-Topics and all of that structure and put them on the shelf for now!

Search is the basis of the GCSE.CO.UK platform. However, the entire foundation of the platform is based around ease of use so that you can learn a topic in 5 minutes while waiting at the bus stop or spend an hour revising on your laptop at home.

Learn Flexibly

The GCSE platform aims to have no beginning or end, an utterly fluid approach to learning. However, we included tags to organise topics. With some time, we will include a subject-based contents page for those that prefer a more rigid structure - similar to more traditional courses you find on other sites.

With GCSE.CO.UK, we have created a tool to support your school work and education. It's not like a "normal" course; you must allocate time to use it on certain days to complete XYZ. The GCSE.CO.UK system makes it almost too easy to learn. If you don't believe us, take it for a spin.

To learn a topic, a student must search, type 3 characters to see results and select the most relevant topic to learn. Students will be presented with engaging, user-friendly learning material that is also pleasing to the eye. It makes you want to use it! The beauty of the platform is its simplicity.

We have designed the platform so that it complements your existing learning. Unlike other learning websites and courses, we don't tell you what to learn and how to learn it. You have your school doing that already. We are here to complement and support your learning.

The GCSE.CO.UK learning platform is a valuable tool when used correctly. It will help you learn efficiently. It will make learning easy and fun - as it should be.

Please get in touch with feedback and questions. Thank you.