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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.

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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.

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Episode 41: Primary curriculum: three schools’ stories (pt2)

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.

Episode 40: What to expect when you’re inspected: a myth-busting conversation with Ofsted’s Matthew Purves

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.

Episode 39: Using LEGO Education in the primary classroom

Caroline talks to David Gregory, Head of Innovation at JTRS and LEGO Education expert, about the educational and creative benefits of using LEGO in the classroom. David offers his insider tips and advice for how to make the most of both traditional and innovative new LEGO resources and shares the impact that these are having with children, helping to engage reluctant learners and spark interest across the curriculum.

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Episode 38: Primary curriculum: three schools’ stories (part 1)

In the first of three special editions, Caroline talks to Mark Mitchell, Head of Primary at The Royal School Wolverhampton about his curriculum journey using Cornerstones. Mark gives his tips for designing and implementing a curriculum in a way that’s right for your school, and describes the impact that adopting a dynamic, knowledge-rich curriculum has had on staff and children. A great way to hear how other primary schools are ‘doing their curriculum’.

Episode 37: The transformative power of education: Hallam Festival of Education

We talk to organisers of this groundbreaking education festival about their aims to share great practice in how to improve education and raise aspirations for young people in South Yorkshire and beyond. Caroline talks to Sean Cavan and Sarah Williams from Sheffield Hallam University about what festival-goers will be able to enjoy and take away from Hallam EdFest, this June. Tickets are available now, so don’t miss out!

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.