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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 Pedagogy

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.

Provoke curiosity using interesting starting points.


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.