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Requires improvement to outstanding in 18 months

In 2011, Hardwick Primary School was in a difficult place. Jonathan Gallimore became head in July 2012 and worked with staff to make rapid changes and began developing a new Cornerstones Curriculum. In their last Ofsted inspection, the school received an ‘outstanding’ grade. 

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Cornerstones Curriculum

Comprehensive coverage. Proven pedagogy. Creative skills based projects. 1000s of online resources - The Hub.
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Skills and assessment

Cornerstones Assessment

Curriculum linked assessment. Everything you need for life beyond levels.
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Cornerstones Maths Tests

Independently reviewed maths tests fully aligned to the national curriculum.
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Love to Investigate

126 practical science investigations that cover the national curriculum and bring science to life.
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Our Philosophy

Our four-stage pedagogy is built on academic research and years of practical teaching experience. We call it The Four Cornerstones.

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Hook learners in with a memorable experience.

Set the scene and provide the context.

Ask questions to provoke thought and interest.


Teach knowledge for depth of understanding.

Demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation.

Provide creative opportunities for making and doing.

Deliver reading, writing and talk across the curriculum.


Provide imaginative scenarios that provoke creative thinking.

Enable and assess the application of previously learned skills.

Encourage enterprise and independent thinking.


Encourage reflective talk by asking questions.

Provide opportunities for shared evaluation.

Celebrate success.

About Cornerstones

Raise standards. Love teaching.

We create high quality resources and publications for primary schools and academies. They’re easy to use, well planned, meet the needs of the national curriculum and inspire children to learn.

And there’s more. As a Cornerstones school you can access free advice and guidance on curriculum matters from our in house curriculum experts.

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“Ofsted love the curriculum and it is what brought us through as a 'good' school.”

Richard Osler, Deputy Headteacher
Broad Oak Primary School

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“I believe it made a major contribution to our school moving from 'Requires Improvement' back to 'Good'.”

David Hall, Head Teacher
Brackensdale ER Junior School

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“Cornerstones allows us to be creative and explore exciting themes through a robust teaching framework.”

Dominic Broad, Acting Deputy Head Teacher
Barry Island Primary School

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“Cornerstones re-energised our curriculum and motivated the children.”

Lesley Sinclair,
Rose Wood Academy

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“The topics are FLYING at our school! An amazing curriculum for amazing children.”

Mrs McGuigan, Headteacher
The Gordon School Federation

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“Cornerstones gave us all a fresh start and we've never looked back.”

Jill Bramwell, Deputy Head
Blackrod Primary School

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“My daughter is totally engaged with the curriculum and coming home so happy ”

Karin, Parent of Year 5 pupil
St. Michael's RC Primary

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