In the final episode of three special editions, Caroline talks to Katharine Birchall, Curriculum Lead and teacher at Reedness Primary School about her school’s curriculum journey using Cornerstones. Katharine shares her tips for using Cornerstones in a small school with mixed-aged classes and describes the positive impact on staff and children of adopting and adapting a curriculum to suit their unique setting.
Posts categorised: Curriculum
My recent interview with Ofsted’s Deputy Director for Schools, Matthew Purves, revealed that school leaders and teachers believe Ofsted has the right focus for the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) but what will inspection actually feel like, post-September? Matthew has been a leading force in the creation of the new framework and spoke with me… Read more
Now Ofsted’s new inspection framework is published, we interviewed Deputy Director of Schools, Matthew Purves, about what leaders and teachers can actually expect when they’re inspected post-September. Our conversation covers ‘deep dives’, interviews with SLT and conversations with children. Matthew also offers insight into what Ofsted have learnt from the consultation and piloting of the framework. A must-listen for anyone in school, offering practical advice and reassurance.
Caroline talks to Richard Smith, ICT teacher trainer and consultant about all things computing, including curriculum coverage and terminology. Richard shares his top tips for cost-effective hardware, exciting new software, robotics and the training that’s available to make sure your school is ahead of the digital game.
The Curriculum magazine is free to all schools and is now available for you to read online. Edition four focuses on subjects and subject knowledge, with articles to get you up to speed with subject knowledge in art and design, music, geography and computing. Also includes free knowledge organisers to use in the classroom. Read… Read more
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
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.
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.