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

4/19/2018
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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 Bolton, who have used the Cornerstones Curriculum to help them move from Special Measures to Outstanding in a relatively short space of time.

Duration:00:13:25

16: Beyond the word wall: building vocabulary in the classroom

3/21/2018
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Episode 16 of The Curriculum examines the curriculum requirements for building vocabulary and offers advice to teachers. Host Melanie Moore talks to Amy McCaw and Caroline Pudner – both primary teachers, English specialists and Cornerstones Consultants. They discuss the challenges teachers face in helping children build a varied vocabulary, and share creative, proven tips for how to foster a love of words in the classroom.

Duration:00:22:45

15: Teaching English across the primary Curriculum

2/23/2018
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Episode 15 of The Curriculum explores how English can be taught across the curriculum in primary schools, with host Melanie Moore talking to Amy McCaw, primary teacher, English specialist and Cornerstones consultant. Issues discussed include what English across the curriculum looks like, the benefits of this approach and practical advice for teachers.

Duration:00:18:46

14: The importance of History in the primary Curriculum

2/2/2018
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Episode 14 of The Curriculum explores the place and importance of history in the primary curriculum, with host Melanie Moore talking to Al Ritchie, primary teacher, history specialist and Cornerstones consultant. Issues explored include the importance of history, how to teach chronology and overcoming barriers to teacher expertise.

Duration:00:16:59

13: The importance of science in the primary curriculum

1/25/2018
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Episode 13 of The Curriculum explores the place and importance of science in the primary curriculum, with host Melanie Moore talking to Dr Fran Barnes, expert in primary science and author of the Love to Investigate series. Issues explored include the importance of science, how to overcome barriers to teaching science and teacher expertise.

Duration:00:15:56

12: Imagineering, uncharted territories and adventures in learning with Hywel Roberts

1/18/2018
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Episode 12 of The Curriculum is the second episode with special guest, Hywel Roberts. He talks about his ‘Imagineering’ work with schools and how this can set teachers imaginations free to create exciting learning. It’s fascinating to hear Hywel talk us through his ideas, so it’s a big thank you to him for joining us on the show for the second time.

Duration:00:14:32

11: Implementing the six steps of curriculum design

1/11/2018
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Episode 11 of The Curriculum provides explores The Six Steps of Curriculum Design™ with Cornerstones Education Consultant Janet Carroll. In this episode Janet talks about the importance of curriculum principles, breadth and balance, planning and resourcing.

Duration:00:21:22

10: Community, philosophy and inspiration in education, with Hywel Roberts

12/14/2017
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Episode 10 of The Curriculum is the first of three episodes we’ve recorded with special guest, Hywel Roberts. He talks about his journey in education, including some of the people who have inspired him along the way and his own philosophy on teaching. It’s absolutely fascinating to hear Hywel talk us through his career so far, so a big thank you to him for joining us on the show.

Duration:00:24:46

09: How to teach and cover the 'cultural' in children's SMSC development

12/11/2017
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Episode 9 of The Curriculum podcast follows up on last week’s introduction to SMSC and fundamental British values. This time we focus specific on the ‘cultural’ part of SMSC. We look at how Ofsted refers to it, what it means for schools and how school leaders and teachers can build the cultural aspects of SMSC into their curriculum. This is an episode full of tangible ideas and takeaways for schools. If you’ve been wondering how to make cultural activities part of your everyday teaching,...

Duration:00:18:10

08: An introduction to SMSC and fundamental British values

12/7/2017
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Episode 8 of The Curriculum podcast provides an introduction to teaching children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC), and fundamental British values (FBV). We cover what those things mean, their impact on children’s learning, and how schools can make sure they cover the requirements set out by Ofsted. Here at Cornerstones, we’ve been working on SMSC and FBV a lot over the last 12 months. That includes explaining how the Cornerstones Curriculum incorporates SMSC to...

Duration:00:13:09

07: The impact of a broad and balanced curriculum with Lyn McNamara of Probus Primary School

12/4/2017
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Episode 7 of The Curriculum podcast is here and it features a fantastic interview with Lyn McNamara, who has more than 25 years of experience in education. Topics include defining what a curriculum should be and do, the importance of having literacy running right through a curriculum, and the impact a broad and balanced curriculum can have on a school. Lynn has been substantive head at a number of schools in the North of England and Cornwall. She was an HMI in the South West and is now...

Duration:00:18:46

06: Curriculum design in the classroom with Anthony Robinson of Farmilo Primary School

11/30/2017
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Episode 6 of our new podcast – The Curriculum – is available now and features an interview with Anthony Robinson, an RQT at Farmilo Primary School. Anthony talks about his experience of curriculum design and how Farmilo’s approach has given him the autonomy to be creative and inspire children through imagination. For Anthony, it’s all about bringing something from real life into the classroom. While all teachers at Farmilo have a hand in the design of their curriculum, as an RQT he is...

Duration:00:12:37

05: Curriculum design and ‘learning not lessons’ with Farmilo Primary School

11/27/2017
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We had two special guests join us for episode five of our podcast for school leaders and teachers, The Curriculum. Adam Newman is Curriculum Lead and Anthony Robinson a Year 3 RQT at Farmilo Primary School in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. They talk about curriculum design and how the decisions they’ve made are having a positive impact on their school. As Curriculum Lead, Adam touches on the people and philosophies that have inspired Farmilo’s curriculum design. He also talks about focusing...

Duration:00:19:07

04: Ensuring coverage with a broad and balanced curriculum

11/23/2017
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Episode 4 of The Curriculum is available for you to listen to now. This time, I’m joined by Catherine Scutt, Amy McCaw and Laura Bell, all Curriculum Consultants here at Cornerstones. We’re talking about the idea of a broad and balanced curriculum again, this time in the context of covering everything you need to in the national curriculum. From the effect on timetabling to running specialist curriculum weeks, we look what schools can do to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum while...

Duration:00:12:36

03: How to plan a broad and balanced curriculum

11/20/2017
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Episode 3 of The Curriculum, our brand new podcast, is available now. Once again, we have Melanie Moore, Curriculum Director at Cornerstones, and Catherine Scutt, one of our Senior Curriculum Consultants, on board to continue the discussion about broad and balanced curriculums. And this time the focus is on planning. How do you get started when it comes to building a broad and balanced curriculum? Can you just get cracking or should you put some thought into what you want to achieve first?...

Duration:00:14:33

02: What is a broad and balanced curriculum?

11/16/2017
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This second episode of The Curriculum podcast features Melanie Moore, Curriculum Director at Cornerstones, and Catherine Scutt, one of our Senior Curriculum Consultants. They discuss a current hot topic in the education world – the concept of a broad and balanced curriculum. This is the first in a short series of episodes on this subject. We’ll be offering some tips and advice on how to build a broad and balanced curriculum, but for this episode we focus on what that actually means. What...

Duration:00:16:34

01: Introducing The Curriculum podcast

11/13/2017
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In this first episode of The Curriculum podcast from Cornerstones Education, Iain Broome and Melanie Moore, curriculum director at Cornerstones, provide an introduction to the show. That includes a bit of background on Cornerstones, why we've decided to launch a podcast and what you can expect from the show in the coming weeks.

Duration:00:11:51

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