Blog and Podcast

What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?

If you’ve been wondering ‘What exactly is the Cornerstones Curriculum?’ then you’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we look at the principles behind it, what’s included, and how it can make an impact in your school. Book a demo What is the Cornerstones Curriculum? The Cornerstones Curriculum is a coherent, skills and… Read more

Episode 19: An interview with Sean Harford, Ofsted’s National Director of Education

 Summary Episode 19 of The Curriculum features an exclusive interview with Sean Harford, recorded at Westminster in May 2018. We took the opportunity to raise some important questions about Ofsted’s curriculum work and to gain a sense of what might feature in the new inspection framework. Sean Harford’s guidance is straight-to-the-point and offers an… Read more

Six steps of curriculum design

How to design your curriculum

Melanie Moore, author of the Cornerstones Curriculum, looks at the process of curriculum design. You may learn many things in teacher training, but how to design a curriculum is usually not one of them. Designing a whole school curriculum is a complex task, and the ability to do it comes with years of experience and… Read more

Meaningful assessment: my conversation with Sean Harford, Ofsted’s National Director of Education

If you’ve just received your SATs results, or have gathered end-of-year assessments, you’ll no doubt be pondering – even questioning – the role of testing and assessment over recent times. As a former headteacher and now Managing Director here at Cornerstones, the subject is often in my mind and I am keenly aware of the… Read more

Episode 21: How to choose the best primary teaching resources

 Summary Host Caroline Pudner talks to Curriculum Manager, Catherine Scutt, who leads the resource team at Cornerstones. They discuss the important role that resources play in supporting a coherent curriculum and what to consider when choosing them. Catherine also describes the quality control process that her team follows to create the resources for the… Read more

How to choose the best primary teaching resources

Caroline Pudner, primary teacher and Cornerstones Consultant, looks at how schools can approach the important task of resourcing their curriculums, and finds that quality and coherence is everything. Step away from the quick downloads! It’s time to consider the quality, integrity and durability of your teaching resources. The problem with resources Like many teachers, I… Read more

What’s new – June 2018

We’re really excited about our curriculum conversation with Sean Harford, Ofsted’s National Director of Education and our new Democracy Rules projects and resources. With National Democracy Week beginning on 2nd July, these new resources are perfectly timed for you to make the most of real world learning. Democracy Rules Democracy Rules is a set of… Read more

Episode 20: ‘Children only have one childhood and we have a responsibility to get it right’ Melanie Moore explains what’s at the heart of the Cornerstones Curriculum

Summary Host Caroline Pudner talks to Creative Director and author of the Cornerstones Curriculum, Melanie Moore. Mel explains the inspiration behind it, the principles it is built upon and how her passion for helping children enjoy learning through experience has come to fruition, thanks to the incredible work of thousands of senior leaders, teachers and… Read more

My curriculum conversation with Ofsted’s National Director of Education, Sean Harford.

Last week, in Westminster, I met Ofsted’s National Director of Education, Sean Harford, to interview him about Ofsted’s current work on curriculum and assessment. In this blog, I’ll report on some of the key points from our discussion and analyse what Ofsted’s work means for the future of the curriculum in England’s primary schools. You… Read more