Pre-GCSE Inspire Programme

Welcome to the online home for the Pre-GCSE Inspire Programme!

Year 10 Welcome Video

Spring 2021 Video Sessions

Over the next few weeks, we will be bringing you some brand new video classes specially prepared by the Inspire Programme, looking at some of the themes and topics that you are likely to encounter in your GCSEs, to help you with your studies as you return to school.

In addition to these subject-focused classes, we have also partnered with an organisation called Positively Mad, to bring you a number of self-guided sessions on study skills and wellbeing, to help you manage your learning and your mental health, particularly in this time of ongoing disruption.

All of these sessions come in the form of videos which you can watch at home in your own time, alongside downloadable information packs, competitions and exercises.

You can access each of the sessions when they are released by clicking on the links below. Please note, you will need a password to access the ‘Positively Mad’ sessions, which you will receive from your Inspire Teacher Coordinator. Alternatively, you can email inspire@sjc.ox.ac.uk if your teacher is unable to help.

Recent and Upcoming Classes

Wednesday 17th March 2021

Tuesday 30th March 2021

Wednesday 21st April 2021

  • Maths: Mathematical Modelling in Sport: Maths and the Marathon
  • Positively Mad session: Study (password required – see above)

Competitions

We encourage you to participate in as many competitions as you can, but they are not compulsory. To enter a competition:

The top entries to each competition will receive prizes in the form of Amazon vouchers and will be featured on Inspire Digital!

Spring Term 2021

Class 6: Books, Literature and Leisure (PDF)

Release date: 20 January 2021
Competition deadline: 3 February 2021

Class 7: Adaptation and the Human Mind (PDF)

Release date: 3 February 2021
Competition deadline: 24 February 2021

Autumn Term 2020

Class 1: Volcanoes in the Sciences (PDF)

Class 2: Volcanic Documents and Depictions (PDF)

Class 3: Evolution in science and technology (PDF)

Class 4: Evolution in culture (PDF)

Class 5: Evolution and volcanoes in review (PDF)

Virtual Summer School

Monday 3 August – Friday 7 August 2020

Spring – Summer Term 2020

Class 1: Computer Science (PDF)

Class 2: English & History (PDF)

Class 3: Medicine & Psychology (PDF)

Class 4: Language & Linguistics (PDF)

Class 5: Maths (PDF)

Class 6: Economics & Law (PDF)

Latest News

Year 10 Class 7: Competition results

We’re delighted to announce the winners of the latest set of Pre-GCSE Inspire competitions for the term! In Class 7, Adaptation and the Human Mind, we returned to evolution in science, looking again at some of the themes we first explored earlier in the course. We discussed what is meant by terms such as ‘genetics’,…

Year 10 Class 6: Competition results

We’re delighted to announce the winners of the latest set of Pre-GCSE Inspire competitions for 2021! In Class 6, Books, Literature & Leisure, we looked again at evolution through a cultural lens, exploring how books and novels have evolved through different formats, styles and practices that reflect the societies producing them. We then turned to…

Year 10 Class 5: Competition results

We’re delighted to announce the winners of the first set of Pre-GCSE Inspire competitions for 2021! Class 5, Evolution and Volcanoes in review, was a little different from previous classes: we looked back at some of the topics we’ve covered over our last two themes stretching back to the summer school – ‘What is the…