Key Stage 3 (KS3)is the legal term for the three years of schooling in schools in England and Wales normally known as Year 7, Year 8, and Year 9 when students are aged between 11 and 14.

SwitchedOn Education lessons can be accessed anywhere 24/7 and are full of interactive, media-rich content, meaning your student can enjoy dynamic learning wherever they are!

SwitchedOn Education is a web-based curriculum available with an Internet connection. Lesson questions, quizzes, projects, and tests are completed online. Core subjects and electives are available. Services include online classrooms with SwitchedOn Education teachers, internal email options, automatic grading, and complete home educator and student support. (Available for Windows® and Macintosh® operating systems.)

Maths, Science, Geography, English, RE, and History are subjects we cover.

Our easy-to-use online curriculum broadly covers the English national curriculum.

Our KS3 curriculum will prepare students for entry to our KS4 curriculum. Anytime access, no installation. Learning never stops! Perfect for your on-the-go schedule, our online home education curriculum is accessible around the clock.

Frequently Asked Questions

What about handwriting? Is it all on the computer?

Younger children are encouraged to write their notes out on paper as well as their projects. Written questions can also be written out instead of typed on a computer.. All work is presented online but if home educators wish their students to complete work in written format this can be done when completing Projects or Science Experiments as well as any other manually graded work.

What are the recommended hours to be online daily?

Generally speaking, a student needs to be completing 2 assignments per subject per day. As the assignments are of varying lengths students should spend approximately 45 minutes per subject per day but this is subject to the length of assignment and number of sections per assignment coupled with the ability of the student. Please factor in all these components and remember to give students comfort and snack or food breaks throughout the day.

Will my student get their GCSEs?

The exit qualification is an American High School diploma that works on the credit system when completing subjects. If the student completes all the necessary work related to that subject, they will receive the assigned credits and when they have completed the necessary credits, they will receive the certificate. This certificate has been given a full UK statement of comparability by the UK Department of Education.

Does this curriculum cater for students with SEND?

Our Curriculum is recognized as a Certified Autism Resource by IBCCES. SwitchedOn Education allows teachers to create customised courses to meet the individual needs of each student.

Are there any additional costs?

The cost includes access to ALL subjects within the SwitchedOn Education curriculum. 

There will be a one-off additional charge of £150 on completion of the course to cover the cost of the Diploma, Transcript and Statement of Comparability which will be sent out in a presentation folder.

Who is the curriculum accredited by?

See ACSI accreditation and Cognia.

Where do I find the Placement Tests?

You will find the Placement Tests when you type in “tests” in the Course Assignment screen.

Here is a video on placement tests

Which Placement Tests do I assign?

I suggest that you assign the Math and Language Arts Placement Tests as these subjects are what I call CONCEPT subjects where prior knowledge is required and its learning is similar to building a wall where one brick needs to be securely in place before adding the next one. Mastery in these subjects is vital. The other subjects are CONTENT subjects where the students are presented with content at their chronological age level therefore I suggest that students begin on those subjects at their chronological or reading level.

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