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
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The Curriculum podcast
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.
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.
We know that you are busy. That’s why every episode is super short – around 15 minutes – so that you can squeeze it into a quick coffee break or short commute. Episodes are focused on specific topics, so you can pick and choose the ones that are most relevant to you.
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.
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Every episode of The Curriculum podcast is embedded in a blog post on this site. You can browse the ‘podcast’ category to check out those posts and listen to previous shows. However, most people access and listen to episodes by subscribing in a podcast app on their smartphone.
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Subscribing means new episodes will download to your podcast app of choice. It means you don’t have to remember or search for new content and you can listen whenever and wherever you want. Basically, when we publish a new show, up it pops in your app and away you go.
If you’re new to podcasts, the most popular way to subscribe is through the Apple Podcasts app or iTunes on your laptop or desktop computer. If you use an Android device, we can recommend Pocket Casts.
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Melanie Moore visits Spilsby Primary Academy in Lincolnshire to talk to headteacher, Andy Clark and Mel Standbrook, the Chair of Governors. The school have taken on the Cornerstones Curriculum and adapted it in creative ways to suit their school. They discuss how they have approached this and share tips for successful homework, project books… Read more
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
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
Summary Episode 19 of The Curriculum features an exclusive interview with Sean Harford, recorded at Westminster in May 2018. We took the opportunity to raise some important questions about Ofsted’s curriculum work and to gain a sense of what might feature in the new inspection framework. Sean Harford’s guidance is straight-to-the-point and offers an… Read more
Summary Episode 18 of The Curriculum explores the benefits of having a coherent curriculum in place, supported by high quality resources. Host Melanie Moore talks to Caroline Pudner about the recent curriculum report from Policy Exchange, and her own experience of the pitfalls of not having a coherent curriculum in place. They also share… Read more
Episode 17 of The Curriculum explores how a coherent curriculum can help a school make remarkable progress. Host Caroline Pudner talks to Bev Dodd – teacher and Education Consultant at Cornerstones. They discuss Bev’s latest visit to an exemplary primary school in Rochdale, who have used the Cornerstones Curriculum to help them move from Special Measures to Outstanding in a relatively short space of time.
Episode 15 of The Curriculum explores how English can be taught across the curriculum in primary schools, with host Melanie Moore talking to Amy McCaw, primary teacher, English specialist and Cornerstones consultant. Issues discussed include what English across the curriculum looks like, the benefits of this approach and practical advice for teachers.