Caroline Pudner

Caroline is a Curriculum Developer at Cornerstones. She writes curriculum materials, teaching resources and blogs. Caroline has 10 years primary teaching experience and has worked in both museums and galleries education and adult education.
Curriculum principles, purpose and pedagogy

Episode 49: Curriculum principles, purpose and pedagogy – with Jonathan Lear

Caroline talks with Jonathan Lear, award-winning Deputy Headteacher, curriculum adviser and author. They discuss Jonathan’s curriculum development work, his thinking on pedagogy, curriculum principles and purpose. How important is school context? How do you build curriculum foundations? Is there a correct sequence for curriculum design? This podcast delves into some of the essential curriculum questions.

Initial Teacher Training and the Early Career Framework

Episode 48: Initial Teacher Training and the Early Career Framework – an update with Professor Sam Twiselton, OBE.

Caroline talks with Sam Twiselton, Director of Sheffield Institute of Education. They discuss Sam’s recent work with the DfE to review and create an ITT framework that supports trainee teachers and dovetails into the new Early Career Framework due out in 2020. A must-listen for all schools involved or interested in ITT and support for recently qualified teachers, including mentorship.

FREE Primary curriculum event

Primary curriculum event

Cornerstones are excited to launch our new events held in venues around the coast. Each half-day event is FREE and includes lunch and refreshments.  Who’s it for? How to design your primary curriculum is for primary headteachers, senior leaders and subject leaders at any stage of curriculum development, who want to learn the essential steps to… Read more

Deep dives How to achieve subject coverage and progression

Episode 47: Deep dives: How to achieve subject coverage and progression

To discuss a topic brought to the fore by Ofsted’s ‘deep dive’ approach, Caroline is joined by Cornerstones founder, Simon Hickton and Curriculum Manager, Catherine Scutt. They explore how to ensure subject coverage, well-sequenced learning and subject progression, and how to do this using Cornerstones’ tools and content. Catherine introduces the new knowledge-rich projects (KRPs) from Cornerstones which take a subject-driven approach, enhanced by meaningful links across the curriculum.

Achieve coverage and progression

How to achieve subject coverage and progression with Cornerstones

The new inspection framework focuses on how well schools design and deliver a broad, balanced and ambitious primary curriculum that values all subjects. 
With inspectors undertaking ‘deep dives’ into subjects when judging curriculum quality, it’s natural to wonder how your curriculum coverage and progression will fare under scrutiny.
The good news is, Cornerstones has been ahead of the game in terms of making explicit the knowledge, sequence and progression of subjects in your curriculum. So if you’re a school using our materials and are now using Curriculum Maestro, you’ll already have access to the curriculum and development tools that deliver what Ofsted are looking for (read on to find out how).

Episode 46 Wellbeing in the primary classroom

Episode 46: Wellbeing in the primary classroom

Caroline talks to Adrian Bethune, a primary teacher, wellbeing expert and author of the award-winning book Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom: A Practical Guide to Teaching Happiness. We discuss why supporting both children’s and teachers’ wellbeing is crucial for a positive school culture and how curriculum content and delivery can help. Adrian also offers tips for teaching happiness and wellbeing in low-cost, high-impact ways.

What are knowledge organisers

What are knowledge organisers and how can we use them in the primary classroom?

‘The body of knowledge that children gain at the end of a topic should be deeper and wider than what is outlined on the knowledge organiser.’ In this blog, Caroline takes a closer look at a resource that’s gaining popularity in primary schools: the knowledge organiser. Have you noticed that knowledge organisers are making more… Read more

Knowledge rich subject driven projects

Knowledge-rich curriculum projects for primary schools

In this blog, Caroline Pudner introduces the new knowledge-rich curriculum projects from Cornerstones, explaining the rationale behind them and benefits for primary children. In her speech at the NAHT conference in May, Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, told schools that they do not need to rush to redesign or change their curriculum in light… Read more

Raising the status of teaching my conversation with Dame Alison Peacock

Episode 45: Raising the status of teaching: my conversation with Dame Alison Peacock from The Chartered College of Teaching

Caroline talks to Dame Alison Peacock, CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching about how the college supports teachers and promotes the needs, public perception and status of the profession. We discuss how a positive, collegial rather than fearful culture in education can improve teacher recruitment and retention. Dame Alison cites her own experiences as a teacher, senior leader and researcher and explains the career benefits of joining the Chartered College and having Chartered Teacher Status.