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.

The importance of continuous provision in the early years

Last month, Cornerstones released 30 updated EYFS curriculum projects featuring directed activities supported by ideas for continuous and enhanced provision. In this blog, experienced Early Years advisor and Cornerstones Director Melanie Moore discusses why continuous provision is so important for children’s early development – and how to get it right. Most Early Years practitioners recognise continuous… Read more

A broad and balanced curriculum

What is a broad and balanced curriculum?

A broad and balanced curriculum provides children with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to develop into well-rounded, informed individuals. In my experience, there is little disagreement that a broad and balanced curriculum is best, but recent and increasing pressures around testing and assessment has, in some schools, caused a narrowing of the curriculum with little time for curriculum development.

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