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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.

How to listen

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.

Subscribe to the show

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.

Feel free to email podcasts@cornerstoneseducation.co.uk if you have any problems and we can help you get started.

Episode 24: How to set up continuous and enhanced provision in the Early Years

 Summary This podcast features Emma Reynolds, an Assistant Headteacher and EYFS leader across three schools with over 20 years experience. Emma talks to host Caroline Pudner about the importance of good quality continuous and enhanced provision in Early Years settings, and what to consider when planning, resourcing and managing them. Links The Cornerstones Curriculum… 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

Episode 20: ‘Children only have one childhood and we have a responsibility to get it right’ Melanie Moore explains what’s at the heart of the Cornerstones Curriculum

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

Episode 19: An interview with Sean Harford, Ofsted’s National Director of Education

 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

Episode 17: Coherent curriculums: how to be part of the curriculum revolution

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.