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The Curriculum Podcast - Episode 38 - Primary curriculum three schools stories

Episode 38: Primary curriculum: three schools’ stories (part 1)

In the first of three special editions, Caroline talks to Mark Mitchell, Head of Primary at The Royal School Wolverhampton about his curriculum journey using Cornerstones. Mark gives his tips for designing and implementing a curriculum in a way that’s right for your school, and describes the impact that adopting a dynamic, knowledge-rich curriculum has had on staff and children. A great way to hear how other primary schools are ‘doing their curriculum’.

The Curriculum magazine – edition four

The Curriculum magazine is free to all schools and is now available for you to read online. Edition four focuses on subjects and subject knowledge, with articles to get you up to speed with subject knowledge in art and design, music, geography and computing. Also includes free knowledge organisers to use in the classroom. Read… Read more

The real cost of curriculum design

While recently mooching around the Edu corridors of Twitter, I came across a thread discussing the costs associated with purchasing a primary curriculum. I would typically steer away from such conversations because views on costs can be very subjective. What one school thinks is worth the investment, another can deem too expensive. Of course, this… Read more

Cornerstones - Six steps of Curriculum design.

How to design your curriculum

Six Steps of Curriculum Design Designing a curriculum is not easy. It is a complicated process that needs to be carefully thought through and involves much strategic decision making. With over 2000 schools now using the Cornerstones Curriculum, we have identified six crucial steps of effective curriculum design. These steps can be used by any… Read more

Episode 37: The transformative power of education: Hallam Festival of Education

Description We talk to organisers of this groundbreaking education festival about their aims to share great practice in how to improve education and raise aspirations for young people in South Yorkshire and beyond. Caroline talks to Sean Cavan and Sarah Williams from Sheffield Hallam University about what festival-goers will be able to enjoy and take… Read more

Episode 36: Debugging computing in the primary curriculum

Episode 36: Debugging computing in the primary curriculum

 Description Caroline talks to Richard Smith, ICT teacher trainer and consultant about all things computing, including curriculum coverage and terminology. Richard shares his top tips for cost-effective hardware, exciting new software, robotics and the training that’s available to make sure your school is ahead of the digital game. Links The Cornerstones Curriculum The Curriculum… Read more

Episode 34: My curriculum conversation with Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman

 Description This September sees the launch of Ofsted’s new inspection framework. So, what changes will schools notice and what will inspectors be looking for? We decided to cut through the myths and speculation and ask Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, herself about the shift in emphasis towards looking at the quality of curriculum… Read more

What’s new – February 2019

  Hello Last month we saw a record number of schools re-subscribing to The Hub. ‘Excellent service’, a ‘brilliant range of resources’ and ‘regular updates’ are just some of the reasons schools continue to subscribe. Take a look at the information below to make sure you are making the best of your Cornerstones licence this… Read more

What’s new – January 2019

  Hello, and a happy new year to you all. Here’s hoping you have had a restful Christmas and are starting the new year with gusto. Here are some of the new things for you, this January. Standardised tests We are now providing schools who utilise our termly maths, reading and SPaG tests with a… Read more