Posts tagged: Curriculum

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.

Schools must plan curriculum and be able to show inspectors, says Harford

  Last week Sean Harford, Ofsted’s National Director of Education, spoke about Ofsted’s plans for inspection. He said Ofsted would increasingly look for evidence of ‘strategic decision-making’ in a school’s curriculum design, something that was likely to be part of a new inspection framework in September 2019. In his speech, Harford stated that leaders would… Read more

How do I identify opportunities for SMSC and FBV in the subject I lead?

With children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development and fundamental British values (FBV) being required to be at the heart of a school’s work, we’ve developed SMSC and FBV subject-leader checklists to help schools using the Cornerstones Curriculum identify and evidence opportunities for both. A school may decide to audit one subject at a… Read more

Promoting fundamental British values and SMSC in primary schools

The Department for Education (DfE) states that schools must prepare children for ‘life in Britain’. Part of that requirement includes promoting ‘fundamental British values’ (FBV), which might seem daunting at first. But there’s no need to worry. At Cornerstones, we’ve got it covered. How do Ofsted define FBV? Understanding FBV isn’t as tricky as you… Read more