49 episodes

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.

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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.

    49: Curriculum principles, purpose and pedagogy – with Jonathan Lear

    49: Curriculum principles, purpose and pedagogy – with Jonathan Lear

    Caroline talks with Jonathan, award-winning Deputy Headteacher, curriculum adviser and author. They discuss Jonathan’s curriculum development work, his thinking on pedagogy, curriculum principles and purpose. How important is school context? How do you build curriculum foundations? Is there a correct sequence for curriculum design? This podcast delves into some of the essential curriculum questions.

    We’re excited to announce that Jonathan will be the keynote speaker at our eight free coastal curriculum events in 2020. For more information and to book your place visit https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/events/ (https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/events/)

    Notes And LinksHere is a list of links to some of the things we reference on the show.

    Primary curriculum event – More information (https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/primary-curriculum-event/)

    Curriculum Maestro – More information (https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/products/curriculum/curriculum-maestro/)

    Cornerstones Education – Website (https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/)

    Curriculum principles – Blog (https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/curriculum-principles-important/)

    Guerrilla Education – Website (https://guerrillaeducation.co.uk/)

    Guerrilla Education – Twitter (https://twitter.com/guerrillaed)

    • 20 min
    48: Initial Teacher Training and the Early Career Framework - an update with Professor Sam Twiselton, OBE

    48: Initial Teacher Training and the Early Career Framework - an update with Professor Sam Twiselton, OBE

    Caroline talks with Sam Twiselton, Director of Sheffield Institute of Education. They discuss Sam’s recent work with the DfE to review and create an ITT framework that supports trainee teachers and dovetails into the new Early Career Framework due out in 2020. A must listen for all schools involved or interested in ITT and support for recently qualified teachers, including mentorship.

    Notes And LinksHere is a list of links to some of the things we reference on the show.

    DfE ITT: Criteria and supporting advice – Website (https://twitter.com/adrianbethune?lang=en)

    Sheffield Hallam institute of Education – Website (https://www.shu.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/institute-of-education)

    Curriculum Maestro – More information (https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/products/curriculum/curriculum-maestro/)

    Cornerstones Education – Website (https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/)

    33: My curriculum conversation with Professor Sam Twiselton, OBE – Podcast (https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/episode-33-my-curriculum-conversation-with-professor-sam-twiselton-obe/)

    New Inspection framework – Website (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/education-inspection-framework)

    • 20 min
    47: Deep dives: How to achieve subject coverage and progression

    47: Deep dives: How to achieve subject coverage and progression

    To discuss a topic brought to the fore by Ofsted’s ‘deep dive’ approach, Caroline is joined by Cornerstones founder, Simon Hickton and Curriculum Manager, Catherine Scutt. They explore how to ensure subject coverage, well-sequenced learning and subject progression using Cornerstones’ tools and content. Catherine introduces the new Knowledge-rich projects (KRPs) from Cornerstones which take a subject-driven approach, enhanced by meaningful links across the curriculum.

    Notes And LinksHere is a list of links to some of the things we reference on the show.

    Follow Adrian on Twitter – @AdrianBethune (https://twitter.com/adrianbethune?lang=en)

    Curriculum Maestro – More information (https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/products/curriculum/curriculum-maestro/)

    Cornerstones Education – Website (https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/)

    Knowledge-rich curriculum projects for primary schools – Blog (https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/knowledge-rich-curriculum-projects-for-primary-schools/)

    New Inspection framework – Website (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/education-inspection-framework)

    • 35 min
    46: Wellbeing in the primary classroom with Adrian Bethune

    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 LinksHere is a list of links to some of the things we reference on the show.

    Follow Adrian on Twitter – @AdrianBethune (https://twitter.com/adrianbethune?lang=en)

    Curriculum Maestro – More information (https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/products/curriculum/curriculum-maestro/)

    Cornerstones Education – Website (https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/)

    Heads Together – Website (https://www.headstogether.org.uk/)

    Place2be – Website (https://www.place2be.org.uk/)

    Schools in Mind – Website (https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/schools-in-mind/)

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

    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 LinksHere is a list of links to some of the things we reference on the show.

    The Chartered College of Teaching – Website (https://chartered.college)

    Curriculum Maestro – Website (https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/products/curriculum/curriculum-maestro/)

    The Cornerstones Curriculum – Website (https://www.cornerstonescurriculum.co.uk/)

    @Cornerstonesedu – Twitter (https://twitter.com/Cornerstonesedu)

    • 30 min
    44: Curriculum intent: big ideas and larger concepts

    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 LinksHere 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/)

    The Cornerstones Curriculum – Website (https://www.cornerstonescurriculum.co.uk/)

    @Cornerstonesedu – Twitter (https://twitter.com/Cornerstonesedu)

    • 26 min

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