Blog and Podcast

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

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

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

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

Episode 33: My curriculum conversation with Professor Sam Twiselton, OBE

In this episode, Caroline talks to Sam Twiselton, Director of the Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University. Sam is a leading light in the education world, promoting teacher training issues and working on Ofsted’s game-changing curriculum group – amongst many other roles. Caroline and Sam discuss what makes a good primary curriculum, how to… Read more

Cornerstones in Action - Lea Forest

How a remarkable school brought their curriculum to life

Over 2100 schools across the UK use the Cornerstones Curriculum in a variety of unique and inspiring ways. In this blog, Caroline reports on one school’s remarkable journey with Cornerstones. Lea Forest Primary Academy’s motto is #findyourremarkable – and for good reason. Situated on the outskirts of Birmingham, it is simultaneously in the top 10%… Read more

Episode 32: Excellence in the Early Years

In this in-depth episode, Caroline talks to Alistair Bryce-Clegg, an established and well-known educational consultant specialising in the education of children in the Early Years. They discuss elements of good practice, such as how to support children’s common play behaviours, continuous provision, planning, resources, transition and much more! Links The Cornerstones Curriculum The Curriculum magazine… Read more

Episode 31: Are there three types of curriculum?

In this podcast, Caroline talks to Cornerstones’ Managing Director, Simon Hickton. They describe the three curriculum approaches described by Ofsted in their latest update and discuss the essential factors common to all of them. Simon and Caroline also explain how schools can decide upon their curriculum emphasis and how to use the Cornerstones Curriculum to… Read more