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Episode 10: Community, philosophy and inspiration in education, with Hywel Roberts

Episode 10 of The Curriculum is the first of three episodes we’ve recorded with special guest, Hywel Roberts. He talks about his journey in education, including some of the people who have inspired him along the way and his own philosophy on teaching. It’s absolutely fascinating to hear Hywel talk us through his career so far, so a big thank you to him for joining us on the show.

Episode 09: How to teach and cover the ‘cultural’ in children’s SMSC development

Episode 9 of The Curriculum podcast follows up on last week’s introduction to SMSC and fundamental British values. This time we focus specifically on the ‘cultural’ part of SMSC. We look at how Ofsted refers to it, what it means for schools and how school leaders and teachers can build the cultural aspects of SMSC into their curriculum.

NEW! Curriculum magazine

Issue 1 - The Curriculum magazine (2)
The Curriculum magazine is free to schools and is now available for you to read online. In Issue One we take a look at ways of promoting curiosity in the classroom, how to design your curriculum using our six-step approach, picture books with multiple meanings and much more. Read The Curriculum now  

The importance of continuous provision in the early years

What is continuous provision
Most early years practitioners recognise continuous provision as the resources they offer children as part of an enabling environment, or the resources that are safe for children to explore independently. It is both these things, but it is important to remember that continuous provision is not just provision that is continually accessible; it is...

What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a skills and knowledge-based curriculum with a creative edge. But what does that mean? Imaginative Learning Projects The Cornerstones Curriculum is based on more than 80 Imaginative Learning Projects. We call these ILPs. Each ILP has an overarching theme linked to a national curriculum subject. In addition to the main subject...

Episode 07: The impact of a broad and balanced curriculum with Lyn McNamara of Probus Primary School

Curriculum Podcast Episode 07 The impact of a broad and balanced curriculum with Lyn McNamara of Probus Primary School
Episode 7 of The Curriculum podcast is here and it features a fantastic interview with Lyn McNamara, who has more than 25 years of experience working in education. Topics include defining what a curriculum should be and do, the importance of literacy running through a curriculum, and the impact a broad and balanced curriculum can have on a school.

Knowledge and skills across the curriculum

Knowledge and skills across the curriculum
What does it mean to have a good education? Does it mean you have a store of useful information or a set of flexible skills that will help you manage change and adapt to an ever-changing world? While there has been much debate recently about the importance of knowledge and skills, if truth be...

What is a broad and balanced curriculum?

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.