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The Curriculum is a podcast that features news, tips and useful information for UK-based primary school leaders and teachers. It comes from the team here at Cornerstones, the people behind our own creative curriculum, which is used in more than 2000 UK primary schools.

While our team are on hand to share their experience and expertise, The Curriculum also features a range of special guests. That includes school leaders, teachers and others working in primary education. It’s great to hear them share their own perspectives, ideas and experiences too.

Got plans to improve or reimagine your school’s curriculum? Looking for new ideas that you can use in the classroom? Want to stay up to date with what’s happening in primary education? Then The Curriculum is for you.

Curriculum principles, purpose and pedagogy

Episode 49: Curriculum principles, purpose and pedagogy – with Jonathan Lear

Caroline talks with Jonathan Lear, award-winning Deputy Headteacher, curriculum adviser and author. They discuss Jonathan’s curriculum development work, his thinking on pedagogy, curriculum principles and purpose. How important is school context? How do you build curriculum foundations? Is there a correct sequence for curriculum design? This podcast delves into some of the essential curriculum questions.

Initial Teacher Training and the Early Career Framework

Episode 48: Initial Teacher Training and the Early Career Framework – an update with Professor Sam Twiselton, OBE.

Caroline talks with Sam Twiselton, Director of Sheffield Institute of Education. They discuss Sam’s recent work with the DfE to review and create an ITT framework that supports trainee teachers and dovetails into the new Early Career Framework due out in 2020. A must-listen for all schools involved or interested in ITT and support for recently qualified teachers, including mentorship.

Deep dives How to achieve subject coverage and progression

Episode 47: Deep dives: How to achieve subject coverage and progression

To discuss a topic brought to the fore by Ofsted’s ‘deep dive’ approach, Caroline is joined by Cornerstones founder, Simon Hickton and Curriculum Manager, Catherine Scutt. They explore how to ensure subject coverage, well-sequenced learning and subject progression, and how to do this using Cornerstones’ tools and content. Catherine introduces the new knowledge-rich projects (KRPs) from Cornerstones which take a subject-driven approach, enhanced by meaningful links across the curriculum.

Episode 46 Wellbeing in the primary classroom

Episode 46: Wellbeing in the primary classroom

Caroline talks to Adrian Bethune, a primary teacher, wellbeing expert and author of the award-winning book Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom: A Practical Guide to Teaching Happiness. We discuss why supporting both children’s and teachers’ wellbeing is crucial for a positive school culture and how curriculum content and delivery can help. Adrian also offers tips for teaching happiness and wellbeing in low-cost, high-impact ways.

Raising the status of teaching my conversation with Dame Alison Peacock

Episode 45: Raising the status of teaching: my conversation with Dame Alison Peacock from The Chartered College of Teaching

Caroline talks to Dame Alison Peacock, CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching about how the college supports teachers and promotes the needs, public perception and status of the profession. We discuss how a positive, collegial rather than fearful culture in education can improve teacher recruitment and retention. Dame Alison cites her own experiences as a teacher, senior leader and researcher and explains the career benefits of joining the Chartered College and having Chartered Teacher Status.

Three school stories part 3

Episode 43: Primary Curriculum: three schools’ stories (part 3)

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.

What is Curriculum Maestro

Episode 42: What is Curriculum Maestro?

Developed in response to primary schools’ curriculum needs, our new online management platform, Curriculum Maestro, is launched this September. Caroline talks to two key people behind this time-saving innovation, Simon Hickton, Managing Director and Cathryn Rogers, Online Security and Development Manager at Cornerstones Education, about what Curriculum Maestro is and how it can help primary schools design, deliver and manage their curriculum.

School stories part 2

Episode 41: Primary curriculum: three schools’ stories (part 2)

In the second of three special editions, Caroline talks to Sarah Davies, Head of Juniors at Leicester High School for Girls about her curriculum journey using Cornerstones. Sarah explains the challenges and opportunities around curriculum design in the independent sector, and describes the positive impact on staff and children of adopting and adapting a curriculum to suit their unique setting.