Frequently asked questions

  • Why do I need to register for the Pod?

    Registering for the Pod gives you access to our extensive range of teaching resources and enables you to sign up to Pod campaigns. You and your students will be able to blog about your work too.

  • Who is eligible to register with the Pod?

    To register with the Pod you must be a teacher, teaching assistant, school employee, associate or governor, community group leader Home Educator, or a local authority contact.

    Students and other members of the community can still view blogs, games, movies and the resources in the Student Zone. If you are a young person and you want to blog, your teacher or community group leader will give you a blog code.

  • How and why do you verify my registration?

    All teachers and teaching assistant who register for the Pod are checked against a database of UK schools and employees. If an applicant is not on that database, we will contact the school directly to check that applicant works there. We recommend you let your school office know that we will be in contact to confirm your registration.

    If you are a community group leader, local authority contact, EDF Energy employee or home educator we'll contact you to discuss how to verify your registration.

    If you have been rejected and you think you shouldn't have, please contact us and let us know.

    We have a verification process to protect the security of young people who blog on the site (you need to be a registered user, or a student of a registered user, to blog on the site). Register now.

  • Can several people from the same school register?

    Yes, each user must create their own account. Register now.

  • I can't find my school on the Pod's registration pages, what should I do?

    If you can't find your school on the Pod's registration page please try entering only the first part of your postcode. If you still can't find your school please contact us.

  • I have forgotten my username/password, what can I do?

    If you have forgotten your username or password, click here and enter your email address to be sent a reminder.

  • I am unable to register and need some help. What should I do?

    If you need help registering with the Pod, you can contact us and we will help you to register.

  • Why has my registration application been rejected?

    If you are not on our database of all UK schools or confirmed as an employee or governor of a school, a community group leader, home educator, EDF Energy employee or local authoirty contact your application will be rejected. If you think we have made a mistake, please contact us and let us know.

  • Can students register on the Pod?

    Students do not need to register on the Pod. They can access all the games, movies and other resources within the Student Zone without being logged in. Students can also blog on the Pod by using their teacher's/group leader's blog code.

  • How can I find information about my account?

    All your account information is in your My Account page, which can be found at the top of any Pod page when you are logged in.

  • Can I change my account information?

    Yes: if you are a teacher, teaching assistant or community group leader you can edit your name, job title and email address in your My Account page by clicking on 'Edit account information'.

    If you would like to change your school or groups address please contact us.

  • How can I find a school or group's homepage?

    You can find any Pod school or group's homepage by searching for a school or group under the map in Pod Community. Alternatively you can use the map to find Pod groups or schools in a specific area.

    If you login you can go directly to your school or group's homepage by clicking on 'My school/group', next to 'My Account' at the top of the page.

  • How do I run an activity on the Pod?

    First go to the Teaching Resources section and search for a lesson plan or quick activity by using the filters at the top of the page. You can search by age, topic, subject, type of resource and campaign (lesson plans associated with a particular Pod campaign i.e. Switch Off Fortnight). If you are looking for a specific activity you can also search by activity (i.e Goodbye Standby).

    Download your lesson plan/quick activity and any related resources and run the lesson/s with your group or class.

    Blog about your activity. Your students can blog by entering your blog code which can be found in your My Account page.

  • How do teachers and community groups leaders blog?

    1. Login
    2. Go to the Pod Community page and click on the 'Add a blog' button.
    3. Fill in the form as instructed. You can add text blogs, audio blogs, image blogs and add an attachment such as a word documents.
    4. Don't forget to select which activity and/or campaign you are blogging about!

  • What is the 'Blog code' and what do I do with it?

    Your blog code can be found on your My Account page. You will need to give it to your students so they can blog. All blogs posted by students using your blog code will be moderated by you in your My Account page.

  • How do students blog?

    Firstly, students need a blog code, which can be found on their teacher/groups leader's My Account page.

    Students should then go to the Pod Community page, click 'Add a blog' and enter the Blog Code. Students will then be able to enter details of their blog, and should make sure they choose the correct activity and/or campaign from the filter box.

    You will then need to moderate your students' blogs before they appear on the site. You can do this from your My Account page.

  • How can I moderate my students' blogs?

    Go to your My Account page - any pending blog posts from your students will be in the Notifications and reminders' box. You can also moderate pending blogs from students within your school or group who have blogged using another teacher's blog code just remember to let that teacher know that's what you're doing.

  • Where can I find my school or group’s blogs?

    If you are looking for blogs from a specific school or group you can go to the school or group’s homepage and view their blogs from there. You can search for a school or group under the map on the Pod Community page, or if you are looking for your school or group’s blogs, you can log in and then press the ‘My school/group’ button at the top of the page.

  • Where can I find my Environmental Audit, Eco Code, and Action Plan?

    If you uploaded these documents to the old Pod site you can now find them in your school’s blog, on your school’s homepage. To find your school’s page, log in and then press the ‘My school/group’ button at the top of the page. Scroll down to latest blogs box and search for the document you are looking for by typing it in the search box at the top of latest blogs box.

  • How do I sign up to a campaign?

    Go to the Campaigns section, select which campaign you are interested in and click on 'Take part'. Schools and groups can only sign up to a campaign once, so if someone else in your school or group has signed up to the current campaign you will not be able to sign up again. There is a maximum of one campaign pack per school/group.

    Home educators and EDF Energy employees are unable to sign up for campaigns packs but can still take part buy downloading the free resources on the Pod.

  • What is a campaign survey and how do I complete one?

    A campaign survey allows you to measure the impact of your Switch Off Fortnight or Waste Week campaign. To complete a survey:

    • Log in
    • Go to your school or group's homepage and scroll down to the Switch Off Fortnight or Waste Week survey box
    • Collect the data for your pre-campaign survey
    • Enter the details about light/appliances left on or the amount of waste you're sending to landfill.
    • Run your campaign
    • Collect the data for your post campaign survey
    • Log in and go back to the Switch Off Fortnight or Waste Week Survey box on your school/group's homepage
    • See how much you have saved!
    Please note that you can only complete a survey once for each campaign.

  • How do you calculate how much energy we have saved?

    Fill out the survey by entering the number of appliances on, off and on standby on your first (undercover) audit. Then, after you have run an energy awareness campaign in school, run another survey and enter the results. We'll calculate the amount of energy you would save in a 24 hour period, and if you kept it up, over a year. Figures are based on typical energy consumption values for the appliances, assuming that anything left on or on standby is left like that for 1.5 hours and 195 school days in the year.