Teach Secondary Review

Teach Secondary review of Explore PSHE for Key Stage 3: Boost

The Boost platform offers a digital student book and specialist teaching, learning and assessment resources.

At a glance: 

  • New and intuitive digital PSHE resources for KS3 for supporting teaching and engaing students
  • Confidently cover the 2020 Statutory Guidelines
  • A rich bank of high-quality content for varied and dynamic lessons
  • Editable Course Plans
  • Learning on tap with hundreds of interactive resources for lessons and homework
  • Teacher eBook(s) for planning and front-of-class teaching
  • Interactive activities for school and home
  • 30-day free trial

The verdict

  • A fresh and contemporary interface to capture and keep attention
  • Effortlessly adaptable and customisable
  • Easily accessible resources repository
  • Great for upgrading your curriculum and up-skilling teachers and learners
  • Amplifies creative connections and promotes deep thinking
  • Active assessment personified
Read the full review by John Dabell

“Is it gold enough?” That’s the one question I ask when reviewing any product.

Classrooms deserve the best and as a minimum we need to be providing students with 18 carat gold resources and experiences.

But if you want to invest in real quality and you are looking for a 22 carat teaching resources for Key Stage 3 PSHE then you’d be hard-pressed to find better than Hodder Education’s Explore PSHE for Key Stage 3, now on their exciting new digital learning platform, Boost.

Boost is billed as the next generation in digital learning and it’s easy to see why as it is quality through and through and designed to support a personalised learning experience.

The Boost platform offers a digital student book and specialist teaching, learning and assessment resources that have been impressively coordinated.

Accessed through a simple to navigate dashboard, Boost is perfectly prepared for teaching and learning in any scenario – blended learning, hybrid or distance learning.

The platform is clean, uncluttered and very user-friendly and searching for what you need is a doddle too.

For a more flexible, interactive PSHE curriculum, teachers can integrate their own resources using the strikingly comprehensive and editable course plans or hit the ground running with pre-packaged high-quality content, perfect for both experienced PSHE leads and for non-specialists.

These link to an arsenal of active resources which include over 70 lesson plans and teacher guidance, as well as colourful and accessible PowerPoints to accompany each lesson.

There is also plenty of guidance for teachers on providing essential coverage for PSHE, highlighted in a matching grid that aligns the course plan provided to the 2020 Statutory guidelines and the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study.

With opportunities galore for collaborative learning and personalised feedback, Boost is designed with the flexibility and insights teachers need to unlock the potential of a diverse student population. The assess and review materials help teachers and students work together to identify learning outcomes, assess understanding and track progress using worksheets, interactive knowledge tests and assessment ideas.

The student experience is outstanding too with dynamic and personalised learning given central place. The eBook covers all bases through superb creative thinking content which can easily be annotated and key points can also be highlighted to save as flash cards.

Two subscription options are available, core and premium, and prices start from £195 per year. A whole suite of print and digital resources are available in the Explore PSHE series, from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5.


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you are looking for a polished, personliased and state-of-the-art platform that will simplify and boost your teaching and really engage, enthuse and empower students. Costs start from £195 per year.