Melanie Moore

Mel is Director and EYFS specialist at Cornerstones. She writes most of our curriculum materials and leads our creative team. She has 20 years teaching experience, including as a deputy head teacher. She has also been a teacher adviser, a local authority strategy advisor and has worked for the QCA on national curriculum schemes of work.

What are curriculum principles and why are they important?

Melanie Moore, author of the Cornerstones Curriculum, takes a look at curriculum principles and their importance. Recent commentary on the importance of curriculum by Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, has led to a renewed debate about the complexity of curriculum design. Before a school can begin to design its curriculum, it’s important that its principles… Read more

What is the best curriculum

What is the best type of curriculum?

Melanie Moore, author of the Cornerstones Curriculum, asks the question, what is the best type of curriculum and how do you achieve it? What is a curriculum? How would you describe the curriculum? Is it a programme of learning? The national curriculum? That which is taught or untaught? Well, a curriculum is the total experience… Read more

FBV assembly presentation download

Free presentation for introducing fundamental British values in your school

The new common inspection framework from Ofsted places increased importance on fundamental British values (FBV). That they assess values through a school’s curriculum means that many are currently looking at how they promote both children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development and FBV. One of the primary things that inspectors consider is how well… Read more

Introducing Cornerstones Yoimoji – time to put SMSC and FBV at the heart of your school

We’re delighted to announce our brand new product, Cornerstones Yoimoji. Cornerstones Yoimoji helps you put spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development and fundamental British values (FBV) at the heart of your school. And in a way that will truly get your children engaged, enthused and excited. Are you ready to transform your school’s approach… Read more

Schools must plan curriculum and be able to show inspectors, says Harford

  Last week Sean Harford, Ofsted’s National Director of Education, spoke about Ofsted’s plans for inspection. He said Ofsted would increasingly look for evidence of ‘strategic decision-making’ in a school’s curriculum design, something that was likely to be part of a new inspection framework in September 2019. In his speech, Harford stated that leaders would… Read more

What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must now show how well they support children’s SMSC development. What does each aspect of SMSC include? At Cornerstones we define the aspects of SMSC as follows: Spiritual: The opportunity to explore beliefs, experience and faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about… Read more

NAHT general election campaign 2017– valuing a broad range of subjects in the school day.

The NAHT has laid out five key priorities for the main political parties to include in their General Election manifestos. Russell Hobby, NAHT general secretary said ‘Our five priorities reflect the real challenges affecting schools and young people right now. Parties hoping for the support of parents, teachers and school leaders need to have something… Read more

New Reception ILPs available June 2017

Our new and updated Reception ILPs bring our EYFS curriculum bang up to date and include many new features linked to feedback from schools (requests for the ELG to be identified) and responses to national initiatives (the identification of SMSC and FBV in children’s learning.) These changes and the additional new features listed below, better… Read more