Get up and running with Oxford Smart Quest. The planning documents below will help you to prepare for September and support you to get the most out of your Kerboodle subscription.

Download this PDF for a quick overview of Kerboodle.

Please note that to view the examples below, you will need to be subscribed to Oxford Smart Quest and logged into

Watch this quick Kerboodle Teacher Guide video to get you started.

First steps

Creating teaching groups

It is the administrator’s role to create and manage year groups and to put students into their correct year groups. Once in year groups as a teacher you can create your teaching groups/classes.

Please note: Correct year group and class setup is critical to receiving your Data and Insights.

Oxford Smart Curriculum Service for KS3 English

View the full curriculum document which sets out the fundamental principles of the KS3 curriculum on Oxford Smart Quest and the assessment framework with examples of the curriculum narratives.

Long-term curriculum pathway

Download the long-term curriculum pathway which breaks down the themes, concepts, knowledge, skills and texts studied in each term of Oxford Smart Quest.

Content map

Look through the Oxford Smart Quest content map. This shows you the content that is available for each topic on the specification.


Teacher Book Planning

Extensive planning support and guidance can be found in Kerboodle.

Short-term plans can be found on pages 20-21 and 26-27 of the Teacher Book.

The long-term plan for the full 3 years is also available.

Digital Books

View your range of Digital Books via your course homepage.

For your Student Books Oxford Smart is using an Optimised Digital Book which offers a higher quality page image with greater clarity of text and images with an improved experience on smaller screens. Check out the optimised Digital Book tools available here.

Digital Resources

In your Resources tab in Kerboodle you will find a range of supporting digital resources including audio recordings of all sources in the Student Books, worksheets for every unit with alternative source text extracts and answers for all Student Book activities.


In Kerboodle you will have access to half-termly skills assessments with guidance, mark schemes and exemplars.

Watch this short video which walks you through the assessment model, then you can start exploring your quizzes and assessments via the Assessment tab in Kerboodle.

The KS3 Assessment Framework is available here.

Next Steps & Reporting

Next Steps activities

Assigning start tasks will trigger automated steps based on your students’ interaction with the assessment and their individual quiz results. 

Find out more about how next steps work here, or alternatively you can watch this video.


Auto-marked interactive quizzes provide real-time data, enabling you to track students’ progress.

Your task reports will include additional information including DSE and Level Up information.

Professional Development

CPD sessions

As part of your Oxford Smart Quest course you have access to exclusive CPD sessions.

Kerboodle training

To help get you started on Kerboodle our walkthrough video highlights the key features of the resources, assessment, and PD and where to find them.

We will also be having dedicated on-demand training to help you get the most out of your subscription covering platform features such as Next Steps etc. – View webinars here.

Further Support

Book a support call

Book a call with a member of our team at no extra cost.

Student support

We have dedicated student support on how to use Kerboodle which can be shared with any students.

General Kerboodle guidance

New to Kerboodle? Follow the first steps including inviting an administrator to start creating students on Kerboodle.

Already on Kerboodle need more general hints and tips on using Kerboodle? Check out our dedicated teacher support section.

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