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Free presentation for introducing fundamental British values in your school

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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...

What is Diwali?

What is Diwali?
What makes a celebration special? Good food? Dancing? Family time? Gifts? A special story? Fireworks? Well, these key ingredients are part of the festival of Diwali which Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrate on 19th October. Catherine Scutt, Cornerstones consultant and Love to Celebrate expert explains the importance of the Hindu Diwali celebrations and how...

60 Second Histories is One of the Best Online Resources for Teachers in 2017

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Squaducation, a partner of Cornerstones Education, has had its online teaching resource, 60 Second Histories, included on the list of ‘The 50 best EdTech resources of 2017’ published by Technology & Innovation magazine. Technology & Innovation magazine reports on the products and resources that are making a real difference in schools and classrooms across...

Come and see us at the National Education Show in Cardiff

“The planning of the curriculum is extremely thorough and builds systematically on pupils’ previous knowledge.” Ysgol Y Bynea Estyn Report, January 2017 Cornerstones Curriculum Cornerstones Curriculum is a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the requirements of the Welsh national curriculum and the four purposes. Easily accessible, Cornerstones Curriculum is flexible enough to meet...

5 tools to help you save time and reduce workload

5 tools to help you with planning, differentiation and assessment.
In his recent blog article ‘Tackling workload together – a new question for staff at the point of inspection', Ofsted National Director for Schools, Sean Harford, has once again outlined concern about teacher workload. The Cornerstones Curriculum helps teachers to save time with these five clever features. Free to all schools purchasing the curriculum,...

Teacher assessment is still key

Simon Hickton, Cornerstones’ Managing Director and assessment expert, shares his perspective on current assessment practices in primary schools. Life after levels So, how is life after levels shaping up? Without levels, teachers have a real chance to assert their professional judgements, to best use their knowledge of what children know and can do to...

Go throw your TV set away – it’s Roald Dahl day!

Amy McCaw and Laura Poole, Cornerstones’ literacy consultants, give their view on some of Roald Dahl’s best loved books. Every year on Roald Dahl’s birthday, children and adults alike celebrate his bold, brilliant and boundary-pushing work. It’s astonishing to think that James and the Giant Peach, Dahl’s first children’s book, was published in 1961...

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 around over 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...

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...

New! Cornerstones Maths Plans now available

Lighten the load, save time and get ahead for September Our new Cornerstones Maths Plans, completely mapped to the national curriculum programmes of study, consist of long-term and medium-term planning for Years 1–6. Each year group has access to a long-term plan and three termly medium-term plans. Teacher workload is at an all-time high!...