Blog and Podcast

Episode 35: What’s the real cost of curriculum design?

With the current shift in focus from Ofsted, many primary schools are looking at how to refresh or redesign their curriculum. But what work does it entail and how much does it cost in real terms? Mel and Caroline talk from their experience of designing and implementing curricula, discussing the DIY option versus buying in a curriculum package. Essential listening for primary schools.

Episode 34: My curriculum conversation with Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman

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 in England’s schools. An essential listen for anyone in primary education.

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