Dedicated curriculum support for primary schools


17th December 2020

Dedicated curriculum support for primary schools

Feeling overwhelmed with your curriculum workload? You are not alone. With curriculum quality high on the national agenda, primary schools are faced with a significant task. One that involves strategic decision making and time consuming groundwork, made harder now that local authorities have reduced capacity for curriculum support. All of this is on top of the daily pressures of running a school and supporting children’s welfare.

Dedicated curriculum support for primary schools

How we help   

Our mission is to help teachers and leaders to get the curriculum support that they need. Since 2010, we have empowered over 2000 primary schools to design, deliver and manage outstanding curricula. Schools come to us for a variety of reasons; for general curriculum advice, to achieve better curriculum sequencing or coverage, or because they want a complete curriculum reboot.

A curriculum licence with a difference   

There is so much included when you purchase a school licence for Curriculum Maestro. Cornerstones are not a ‘sell and run’ company. We have always provided ongoing, free, online support to our customers. This support includes set up advice, staff training, answering specific questions about your curriculum, and helping with planning and assessment.

Our customer support    

We understand what it’s like in a busy primary school. You should be able to find help, have your problems solved and receive speedy answers to your questions. As a valued customer, you will receive ongoing support to help you, whatever your question or need.  

Here is the ongoing customer support you can expect from Cornerstones. 

Curriculum adviser support

Curriculum adviser support    

Available 8 am–5 pm, Monday to Friday. 

Our curriculum advisers are experienced leaders and teachers who are experts in primary curriculum design, and can show you how to get the most out of the Maestro platform and the fully sequenced Curriculum 22. The advisers are available onlineon the phone or in school to offer support with curriculum development, mixed-age planningassessmentsubject leadership advice and much more. These sessions often result in lasting professional relationships with schools, and allow us to get to know a school’s context and needs very well as they develop their curriculum. Schools appreciate having a named person that they can contactknowing that the person understands their school’s strengths and challenges.  

The support we have had from you and the team has always been great. However, in the last few weeks, it has been that and more. Genuinely incredible service which we are really grateful for. Nicola’s support is fantastic, and the product is brilliant.  Headteacher, Sandwell 

I just want to say thank you for all the individual training you have done for Emmbrook, it really has gone down well and is a huge confidence boost for the different subject leads. Assistant Head Teacher, Woking

Book an online meeting with a curriculum adviser 

Live Chat

Live Chat 

Available 8am–5pm, Monday to Friday. 

Our Live Chat service is very popular with our customers. We have two Live Chat portals: one on our website, and one on your Maestro homepage. The Cornerstones team are friendly, knowledgeable, and ready to respond when you need instant advice. Ask us for help with set up, technical support, advice on planning, assessment and all things Curriculum MaestroNo question is too small or ‘silly’ – that’s what we’re here for. 

Here’s what our Live Chat users say: 

Helped direct me to exactly where I needed to go.

Excellent, immediate support!’

‘Very helpful and chat was very prompt. If only every help was this positive!! Thanks, Cornerstones (and Gareth!)’

Great support. Thank you so much; it saved me many hours.

‘Very positive experience, support was excellent, and my queries were resolved very quickly. Thanks, Al.’

So helpful and knowledgeable.

‘Great customer service today, both on the phone and on the message service – thank you Cornerstones.’

You were really helpful – I love how responsive and human Cornerstones is. I always get a really quick and helpful response when I have any questions.

During Live Chat, we can even look at your curriculum and offer advice on specific issues. One teacher said: The adviser, Cathryn, steered me through our curriculum and project creation. I simply cannot thank her enough. 

Online training and support 

Available 8am–5pm, Monday to Friday, or by arrangement. 

Our team also provides online support using TeamsZoom and Google Chat. We offer bespoke training sessions for leaders and staff to meet your exact needs, and at a time to suit youDuring these sessions, we screen share and guide you through the Maestro content and tools, answering questions and sharing ideas.  Schools have found these sessions invaluable, as they can really focus on the aspects that are important to them. Here’s some of the feedback we’ve received about these sessions: 

Thank you for your help! As is always the case with Cornerstones, you have gone above and beyond, which is why we have no problem recommending your company to other schools. Senior Leader, Telford.   

Book an online meeting with a curriculum adviser 

Video support

Video guides  

Available anytime 

We also provide videos to support you with Maestro in your own time. Find them in your to do list on the Maestro homepageThe videos are short, clear and easy to follow, covering every aspect of Maestro. In 2021, we are launching a new Help Centre on Maestro, where you’ll find these videos and more advice on curriculum topics 

Podcast, blog and magazine for schools  

Available anytime 

As leaders in primary curriculum design, we keep up to date with the crucial issues in our sector. Our regular podcast, blog and magazine offers primary leaders and teachers advice and information on a variety of topics. These include curriculum tipswhat to expect from Ofsted inspectionhow to support wellbeing, teaching reading, Early Years excellence and much more. We also include case studies from some of our schools and conversations with leading educationalists, such as Mary Myatt, Amanda Spielman and Professor Sam Twistleton. Explore our publications here. 

How to contact us  

We are always here to help, and no question is a silly question. Getting the answer promptly can save hours of frustration, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you need help. 

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    We are in a much better place with CM than with our old curriculum. We will be making it more bespoke in the second year.

    Conrad Fox – Headteacher, Hunmanby Primary School, England


    I have used Cornerstones from its first launch. The product has been refined over time as it is driven by feedback from schools and teachers delivering the content. The company is also responsive to a school's needs.

    Lindsey Wain – Deputy headteacher, Hartburn Primary School, England


    Maestro is a real time saver, particularly for leadership teams and subject leaders. There is a wealth of information and resources which can be used and adapted by creative skills teachers. The way the curriculum is mapped is excellent and was commented on in a very recent Ofsted inspection.

    Charlotte Gibbins – Thurlstone Primary School, England


    I have recommended and told many other schools and school staff about it. I would always though suggest that they need to ensure it is right for their school setting and the needs of their staff and pupils.

    Kathryn – Teacher, Langton Primary School


    It has been a revelation. Staff are finding their way through it and if we have any questions, the support from Cornerstones is amazing. We always get answers to our questions. It is now our one-stop-shop for curriculum with linked up thinking and approach through an intuitive and user-friendly system.

    Moira Cross – Executive head, Dordon Primary School