29th October 2021
With inspectors undertaking ‘deep dives’ into subjects when judging curriculum quality, it’s natural to wonder how your curriculum coverage and progression will fare under scrutiny.
The good news is, Cornerstones has been ahead of the game in terms of making explicit the knowledge, sequence and progression of subjects in your curriculum. So, if you’re a school using our materials and are now using Curriculum Maestro, you’ll already have access to a well-structured curriculum and development tools that deliver what Ofsted are looking for (read on to find out how).
‘Cornerstones offers vibrant curriculum delivery and rigour in ensuring full curriculum coverage’
Headteacher, Copley Junior School
While some fear has spread around curriculum inspection recently, Ofsted has reassured schools that they have time to work on their curriculum development. Our podcasts with guests Amanda Spielman and Matthew Purves from Ofsted offer more background on this.
If you use the Cornerstones Curriculum (and in particular, our online platform Curriculum Maestro), you have the content and functionality to fast-forward through curriculum intent and intended coverage and progression. You’ll be free to focus on great teaching and learning, actual coverage and progression, and curriculum impact.
We want you to continue to feel well prepared and have the tools at hand to meet new subject design, coverage and progression requirements. This blog explains how you achieve this, using Cornerstones.
If you’re not currently using Cornerstones, read on to find out how we can help you.
For Cornerstones customers still using The Hub, we strongly advise you to move to Curriculum Maestro as it includes the fully-sequenced, knowledge-rich Curriculum 22 and helps you to monitor and articulate actual, not just intended subject coverage and progression.
If you need any help moving over to Maestro, then click here for more information and to book a quick demo. It’s easy and free for any school with a Cornerstones licence.
9/10 users said Curriculum Maestro would reduce their workload
Feedback from Curriculum Maestro beta testing Summer 2019
‘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, Headteacher at Thurlstone Primary School
Although this blog has focused on subject development, connectivity is also important in a primary curriculum. While children learn subject disciplines, there should be opportunities to apply and link their learning to other subjects. This helps children develop well-formed schemas of understanding.
The Cornerstones Curriculum 22 includes meaningful, purposeful inter-subject links. We’ve also made sure that the new subject-driven projects include opportunities to use and apply knowledge and skills of other subjects.
As Ofsted’s Amanda Spielman said in her recent speech at the 2022 ASCL Annual Conference,
‘I’m sure you are all constantly thinking about the way your school and your subject leads construct and teach the curriculum. A curriculum that will engage your pupils, build their knowledge and develop their skills, and in doing so, leave them with that love of learning. That’s the goal. And it was the starting point for our inspection framework. Getting to the heart of what education is about seems to me to be the right philosophy for an education inspectorate. Pedagogy is incredibly important, and without good teaching, children’s learning is seriously hampered. But the curriculum is the substance – the rock on which good teaching is built. So that’s where we focus our attention on inspection.’
Ultimately, a broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum that values all subjects is the goal. Combining an ambitious, coherently-sequenced curriculum like Cornerstones Curriculum 22 with the functionality of Curriculum Maestro, you are well-placed to meet this goal now and in the years to come.
Curriculum Maestro is a workload-busting online platform that helps primary schools design, deliver and manage their curriculum all in one place.
Maestro allows you to define your curriculum intent, check live coverage and view subject progression at the click of a few buttons. You’ll also have access to the fully sequenced Curriculum 22, thousands of resources and much, much more.
With Curriculum Maestro, you have the power to implement and manage an impactful curriculum that’s right for your school and more than meets the requirements of the new inspection framework.
You can download your file by clicking the button below.Download file