Melanie Moore

Mel is Curriculum Director and the author of the Cornerstones Curriculum. She writes, edits and oversees all curriculum materials and leads our creative team. Mel has over 20 years of primary teaching experience, including as a deputy headteacher. She has also been a teacher adviser and a local authority strategy adviser.

What’s new – July 2018

We’re almost at the final hurdle. The holidays are now firmly on the horizon and what a year! It’s been a busy year at Cornerstones with more and more schools joining us on their curriculum journey. A warm welcome to all our new schools and a massive thank you to all of those staff who… Read more

Meaningful assessment: my conversation with Sean Harford, Ofsted’s National Director of Education

If you’ve just received your SATs results, or have gathered end-of-year assessments, you’ll no doubt be pondering – even questioning – the role of testing and assessment over recent times. As a former headteacher and now Managing Director here at Cornerstones, the subject is often in my mind and I am keenly aware of the… Read more

Episode 23: Testing and assessment: making it meaningful

Summary This podcast features the second part of our exclusive interview with Ofsted’s National Director of Education, Sean Harford (see podcast edition 19 for the first part). This time, the conversation focuses on the sticky but crucial subject of assessment and its place in the curriculum. Cornerstones Managing Director, Simon Hickton, asks Sean to explain… Read more

What’s new – June 2018

We’re really excited about our curriculum conversation with Sean Harford, Ofsted’s National Director of Education and our new Democracy Rules projects and resources. With National Democracy Week beginning on 2nd July, these new resources are perfectly timed for you to make the most of real world learning. Democracy Rules Democracy Rules is a set of… Read more

Episode 20: ‘Children only have one childhood and we have a responsibility to get it right’

Summary Host Caroline Pudner talks to Creative Director and author of the Cornerstones Curriculum, Melanie Moore. Mel explains the inspiration behind it, the principles it is built upon and how her passion for helping children enjoy learning through experience has come to fruition, thanks to the incredible work of thousands of senior leaders, teachers and… Read more

My curriculum conversation with Ofsted’s National Director of Education, Sean Harford.

Last week, in Westminster, I met Ofsted’s National Director of Education, Sean Harford, to interview him about Ofsted’s current work on curriculum and assessment. In this blog, I’ll report on some of the key points from our discussion and analyse what Ofsted’s work means for the future of the curriculum in England’s primary schools. You… Read more

Episode 19: An interview with Sean Harford, Ofsted’s National Director of Education

Summary Episode 19 of The Curriculum features an exclusive interview with Sean Harford, recorded at Westminster in May 2018. We took the opportunity to raise some important questions about Ofsted’s curriculum work and to gain a sense of what might feature in the new inspection framework. Sean Harford’s guidance is straight-to-the-point and offers an insight… Read more