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The Curriculum

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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 at Cornerstones Education, whose own creative curriculum is used in more than 2000 UK primary schools. Each episode is super short so that you can just about squeeze it into a quick coffee break or short commute.

Latest Episodes

46: Wellbeing in the primary classroom with Adrian Bethune

Caroline talks to Adrian Bethune, a primary teacher, wellbeing expert and author of the award-winning book Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom: A Practical Guide to Teaching Happiness . We discuss why supporting both children’s and teachers’ wellbeing is crucial for a positive school culture and how curriculum content and delivery can help. Adrian also offers tips for teaching happiness and wellbeing in low-cost, high-impact ways. Notes And Links Here is a list of links to some of the things we reference on the show. Schools in Mind – Website (https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/schools-in-mind/)

42 MIN4 d ago
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46: Wellbeing in the primary classroom with Adrian Bethune

45: Raising the status of teaching: my conversation with Dame Alison Peacock from the Chartered College of Teaching

Caroline talks to Dame Alison Peacock, CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching about how the college supports teachers and promotes the needs, public perception and status of the profession. We discuss how a positive, collegial rather than fearful culture in education can improve teacher recruitment and retention. Dame Alison cites her own experiences as a teacher, senior leader and researcher and explains the career benefits of joining the Chartered College and having Chartered Teacher Status. Notes And Links Here is a list of links to some of the things we reference on the show. @Cornerstonesedu – Twitter (https://twitter.com/Cornerstonesedu)

30 MINSEP 9
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45: Raising the status of teaching: my conversation with Dame Alison Peacock from the Chartered College of Teaching

44: Curriculum intent: big ideas and larger concepts

Caroline talks to Mel Moore, Curriculum Director, about how to successfully thread big ideas or, as Ofsted call them, ‘larger concepts’ through a primary curriculum. We explore the role they play in the curriculum intent stage of planning, and Mel describes the 10 big ideas at the heart of the Cornerstones Curriculum. She also shares her tips for ensuring coherence and connectivity throughout curriculum planning. Notes And Links Here is a list of links to some of the things we reference on the show. @Cornerstonesedu – Twitter (https://twitter.com/Cornerstonesedu)

25 MINAUG 22
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44: Curriculum intent: big ideas and larger concepts

43: Primary curriculum: three schools’ stories (pt3)

In the final episode of three special editions, Caroline talks to Katharine Birchall, Curriculum Lead and teacher at Reedness Primary School about her school’s curriculum journey using Cornerstones. Katharine shares her tips for using Cornerstones in a small school with mixed-aged classes and describes the positive impact on staff and children of adopting and adapting a curriculum to suit their unique setting. Notes and links Here is a list of links to some of the things we reference on the show. Curriculum Maestro – Website (https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/products/curriculum/curriculum-maestro/)

14 MINAUG 6
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43: Primary curriculum: three schools’ stories (pt3)

42: What is Curriculum Maestro?

Developed in response to primary schools’ curriculum needs, our new online management platform, Curriculum Maestro, is launched this September. Caroline talks to two key people behind this time-saving innovation, Simon Hickton and Cathryn Rogers, about what Curriculum Maestro is and how it can help primary schools design, deliver and manage their curriculum.

18 MINJUL 11
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42: What is Curriculum Maestro?

41: Primary curriculum: three schools’ stories (pt2)

In the second of three special editions, Caroline talks to Sarah Davies, Head of Juniors at Leicester High School for Girls about her curriculum journey using Cornerstones. Sarah explains the challenges and opportunities around curriculum design in the independent sector, and describes the positive impact on staff and children of adopting and adapting a curriculum to suit their unique setting.

23 MINJUL 3
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41: Primary curriculum: three schools’ stories (pt2)

40: What to expect when you’re inspected: a myth-busting conversation with Ofsted’s Matthew Purves

Ofsted’s new inspection framework is published finalised and piloted with schools, we interviewed Ofsted’s Deputy Director of Schools, Matthew Purves, about what leaders and teachers can actually expect when they’re inspected post-September, including ‘deep dives’. Matthew also offers insight into what Ofsted have learnt from the consultation and piloting of the framework. A must-listen for anyone in school, offering practical advice and reassurance.

34 MINJUN 18
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40: What to expect when you’re inspected: a myth-busting conversation with Ofsted’s Matthew Purves

39: Using LEGO Education in the primary classroom

Caroline talks to David Gregory, Head of Innovation at JTRS and LEGO Education expert, about the educational and creative benefits of using LEGO in the classroom. David offers his insider tips and advice about how to make the most of both traditional and innovative new LEGO resources resource and shares the impact that these are having with children, helping to engage reluctant learners and spark interest across the curriculum.

26 MINJUN 10
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39: Using LEGO Education in the primary classroom

38: Primary curriculum: three schools’ stories (pt1)

In the first of three special editions, Caroline talks to Mark Mitchell, Head of Primary at The Royal School Wolverhampton about his curriculum journey from special measures to good using Cornerstones. Mark gives his tips for designing and implementing a curriculum in a way that’s right for your school, and describes the impact that adopting a dynamic, knowledge-rich curriculum has had on staff and children. A great way to hear how other primary schools are ‘doing their curriculum’.

18 MINMAY 23
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38: Primary curriculum: three schools’ stories (pt1)

37: The transformative power of education: Hallam Festival of Education

We talk to organisers of this groundbreaking education festival about their aims to share great practice in how to improve education and raise aspirations for young people in South Yorkshire and beyond. Caroline talks to Sean Cavan and Sarah Williams from Sheffield Hallam University about what festival-goers will be able to enjoy and take away from Hallam EdFest, this June. Tickets are available now, so don’t miss out!

23 MINMAY 15
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37: The transformative power of education: Hallam Festival of Education

Latest Episodes

46: Wellbeing in the primary classroom with Adrian Bethune

Caroline talks to Adrian Bethune, a primary teacher, wellbeing expert and author of the award-winning book Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom: A Practical Guide to Teaching Happiness . We discuss why supporting both children’s and teachers’ wellbeing is crucial for a positive school culture and how curriculum content and delivery can help. Adrian also offers tips for teaching happiness and wellbeing in low-cost, high-impact ways. Notes And Links Here is a list of links to some of the things we reference on the show. Schools in Mind – Website (https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/schools-in-mind/)

42 MIN4 d ago
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46: Wellbeing in the primary classroom with Adrian Bethune

45: Raising the status of teaching: my conversation with Dame Alison Peacock from the Chartered College of Teaching

Caroline talks to Dame Alison Peacock, CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching about how the college supports teachers and promotes the needs, public perception and status of the profession. We discuss how a positive, collegial rather than fearful culture in education can improve teacher recruitment and retention. Dame Alison cites her own experiences as a teacher, senior leader and researcher and explains the career benefits of joining the Chartered College and having Chartered Teacher Status. Notes And Links Here is a list of links to some of the things we reference on the show. @Cornerstonesedu – Twitter (https://twitter.com/Cornerstonesedu)

30 MINSEP 9
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45: Raising the status of teaching: my conversation with Dame Alison Peacock from the Chartered College of Teaching

44: Curriculum intent: big ideas and larger concepts

Caroline talks to Mel Moore, Curriculum Director, about how to successfully thread big ideas or, as Ofsted call them, ‘larger concepts’ through a primary curriculum. We explore the role they play in the curriculum intent stage of planning, and Mel describes the 10 big ideas at the heart of the Cornerstones Curriculum. She also shares her tips for ensuring coherence and connectivity throughout curriculum planning. Notes And Links Here is a list of links to some of the things we reference on the show. @Cornerstonesedu – Twitter (https://twitter.com/Cornerstonesedu)

25 MINAUG 22
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44: Curriculum intent: big ideas and larger concepts

43: Primary curriculum: three schools’ stories (pt3)

In the final episode of three special editions, Caroline talks to Katharine Birchall, Curriculum Lead and teacher at Reedness Primary School about her school’s curriculum journey using Cornerstones. Katharine shares her tips for using Cornerstones in a small school with mixed-aged classes and describes the positive impact on staff and children of adopting and adapting a curriculum to suit their unique setting. Notes and links Here is a list of links to some of the things we reference on the show. Curriculum Maestro – Website (https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/products/curriculum/curriculum-maestro/)

14 MINAUG 6
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43: Primary curriculum: three schools’ stories (pt3)

42: What is Curriculum Maestro?

Developed in response to primary schools’ curriculum needs, our new online management platform, Curriculum Maestro, is launched this September. Caroline talks to two key people behind this time-saving innovation, Simon Hickton and Cathryn Rogers, about what Curriculum Maestro is and how it can help primary schools design, deliver and manage their curriculum.

18 MINJUL 11
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42: What is Curriculum Maestro?

41: Primary curriculum: three schools’ stories (pt2)

In the second of three special editions, Caroline talks to Sarah Davies, Head of Juniors at Leicester High School for Girls about her curriculum journey using Cornerstones. Sarah explains the challenges and opportunities around curriculum design in the independent sector, and describes the positive impact on staff and children of adopting and adapting a curriculum to suit their unique setting.

23 MINJUL 3
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41: Primary curriculum: three schools’ stories (pt2)

40: What to expect when you’re inspected: a myth-busting conversation with Ofsted’s Matthew Purves

Ofsted’s new inspection framework is published finalised and piloted with schools, we interviewed Ofsted’s Deputy Director of Schools, Matthew Purves, about what leaders and teachers can actually expect when they’re inspected post-September, including ‘deep dives’. Matthew also offers insight into what Ofsted have learnt from the consultation and piloting of the framework. A must-listen for anyone in school, offering practical advice and reassurance.

34 MINJUN 18
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40: What to expect when you’re inspected: a myth-busting conversation with Ofsted’s Matthew Purves

39: Using LEGO Education in the primary classroom

Caroline talks to David Gregory, Head of Innovation at JTRS and LEGO Education expert, about the educational and creative benefits of using LEGO in the classroom. David offers his insider tips and advice about how to make the most of both traditional and innovative new LEGO resources resource and shares the impact that these are having with children, helping to engage reluctant learners and spark interest across the curriculum.

26 MINJUN 10
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39: Using LEGO Education in the primary classroom

38: Primary curriculum: three schools’ stories (pt1)

In the first of three special editions, Caroline talks to Mark Mitchell, Head of Primary at The Royal School Wolverhampton about his curriculum journey from special measures to good using Cornerstones. Mark gives his tips for designing and implementing a curriculum in a way that’s right for your school, and describes the impact that adopting a dynamic, knowledge-rich curriculum has had on staff and children. A great way to hear how other primary schools are ‘doing their curriculum’.

18 MINMAY 23
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38: Primary curriculum: three schools’ stories (pt1)

37: The transformative power of education: Hallam Festival of Education

We talk to organisers of this groundbreaking education festival about their aims to share great practice in how to improve education and raise aspirations for young people in South Yorkshire and beyond. Caroline talks to Sean Cavan and Sarah Williams from Sheffield Hallam University about what festival-goers will be able to enjoy and take away from Hallam EdFest, this June. Tickets are available now, so don’t miss out!

23 MINMAY 15
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37: The transformative power of education: Hallam Festival of Education