Future tackles educational deficit with YouTube series Glow Up Your Grades

by | Mar 1, 2023 | News

Future Studios, the factual content and video production division of Future Publishing, has launched a ground-breaking digital series aimed at helping UK students succeed in their English GCSE exams. Hosted by teacher, author and presenter Mehreen Baig, Glow Up Your Grades (48 x 20’) is described as “a multi-platform education-meets-entertainment series bringing students the ultimate revision programme.”

Each episode in Glow Up Your Grades is a planned lesson where Baig (pictured) takes students through all the skills they need to pass their English GCSE. With the Covid-19 crisis having hit education hard, Future said the series “gives free access to a real teacher and GCSE examiner, who will support them in their revision over the series”. Lessons will be published on YouTube throughout February and March and shorter social formats to accompany the series will be published across other social platforms.

Future hopes that the series will provide a support network by building a community of students who are excited about their learning. Aside from the educational benefits, the studio hopes it will help improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Commenting on the series, Al Brown, Future Studios’ VP of content strategy, said: “When Mehreen first outlined her proposition of original content for a generation whose education was disrupted by Covid, I knew we had to get on board. It aligns perfectly with Future’s goal of helping people learn and follow their interests as well as our studio’s love of programme-making for youth audiences. Together with Mehreen, we couldn’t be more excited to launch this ultimate masterclass for teenagers.”

Baig added: “The disparity in the British education system became more prominent during the pandemic, and currently schools – despite their best efforts – are not able to meet the needs of students who have missed out on key parts of the GCSE curriculum. We are living in a time where young people spend most of their time online – so this series will make education something both enjoyable and accessible for them.”

Exec producers of Glow Up Your Grades are Jon Eastman, Ellie Winstanley and Al Brown. Other recent Future Studios’ digital-first series launches include What The Aitch for Snap Originals, Ask The Mask for Channel 4 and It’s Mutual, for Channel 4.0.

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