Blog and Podcast

What’s new – July 2018

We’re almost at the final hurdle. The holidays are now firmly on the horizon and what a year! It’s been a busy year at Cornerstones with more and more schools joining us on their curriculum journey. A warm welcome to all our new schools and a massive thank you to all of those staff who… 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 23: Testing and assessment: making it meaningful

Summary This podcast features the second part of our exclusive interview with Ofsted’s National Director of Education, Sean Harford (see podcast edition 19 for the first part). This time, the conversation focuses on the sticky but crucial subject of assessment and its place in the curriculum. Cornerstones Managing Director, Simon Hickton, asks Sean to explain… 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’

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

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