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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...

Don’t forget to return your Cornerstones Test data!

Deadline date – Friday 30th June Thank you Thank you for returning your spring term test data back in March. Each term your test results contribute to our national comparison information. We really appreciate your support. Summer term test results  Once your summer term summative assessments have taken place, the moderation and evaluation of...

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...

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,...

Ysgol Y Bynea – An excellent school

A modern and creative curriculum In 2014 the staff and Headteacher at Ysgol Y Bynea were looking to modernise and add more creativity to their curriculum. After hearing colleagues at other schools talk about the Cornerstones Curriculum, they approached us to find out more. They adopted the Cornerstones Curriculum Wales in April 2015 and in...

Introducing: Cornerstones Skills Analysis

Since national curriculum levels were removed in September 2014, there has been a lot of discussion in ensuring that curriculum, assessment and pedagogy are linked. It is the strength of these links that support quality teaching and learning. We believe that assessment should be a tool to inform teaching and learning (#learning first), and...

Reading comprehension in KS1 and KS2 – help your children prepare for the new SATs papers

In the 2016 SATs, only 66% of pupils met the expected standards for reading. The content, question wording and time constraints all placed extra pressure on children and teachers. Schools need quality tests with tools to ensure that the tests support accurate judgements and inform future teaching and learning. Tests that mirror the new...

Cornerstones Online – new features and updates

Cornerstones Online keeps getting better – our latest updates include new icons, a brand new report and improved security. To experience Cornerstones Online, make sure you are using an up-to-date browser (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Safari work best) and keep checking our blog for updates. Cornerstones Hub The Cornerstones Hub has had a...