FAQ

What is the future of Inspire?

  • Further languages will be available - Spanish from 2014
  • A progression and assessment package will be developed for 2014
  • We plan to update with new Units each year, and develop digital resources to support the curriculum
  • We will develop an Inspire community to share teacher resources and link with other schools across the country and hopefully beyond

Why invest in Inspire?

  • The curriculum is covered in exciting ways
  • Teachers won't be frantically planning for next year at the same time as teaching this year
  • It’s easier for teachers to move Year groups
  • Children will get a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Ofsted inspectors are on the writing team
  • Phonics, spelling and grammar specialists are involved
  • Subject specialists are checking content
  • Outstanding Teachers are writing themed Units
  • You can tweak and adapt to suit your school
Schools are piloting all units from 2013 so everything will be trialled and updated before Sept 2014

How could we use Inspire?

Free resources
  • POS tracking and ideas: Use the tracking and Unit summaries to develop your own Units for curriculum coverage
  • Trial/adapt the first term’s 6 Units, or just use our ideas and ensure curriculum coverage
Invest in the Packages Each Unit can be used in a number of ways:
  • As it is, all the Units, customised with your choices of texts, locations, school links, spending time adding resources tailored to your children
  • Use some Units while spending time developing your own using the same POS tracking
  • Customise the POS subject and Unit trackers to switch POS around, ensuring if you take a POS out you put it someone else
If you are a state-funded school, ensure you refer to your copy of the National Curriculum.

What is a Curriculum Unit ?

  1. Each year has 9 Units, approximately four weeks long
  2. Each Unit contains
  • Simple summary of the Unit
  • National Curriculum POS coverage
  • A free sample unit for each of the Years 1 – 6
  • A launch PowerPoint for each unit
  • KS2 French lessons with PowerPoints
  • Mixed Age Guidelines available in 2014
Additional SPAG Unit Spelling and Grammar Guidance: Best practice activities to cover KS2. (Not spelling lists and worksheets.) Tracking Progress and Assessment Package available for 2014. Updates: once you register you will get all the updates notified.

What’s in the Curriculum?

  • Programme of Study coverage for subjects in The National Curriculum in England 2014 (Excluding PE, PSHE and RE)
  • 54 Units planned progressively, each with a different theme.

Who is building the Inspire Curriculum ?

  • Andy Brumby - Lead Consultant for Teaching and Learning and project co-ordinator for Core 24. An Advanced Skills Teacher specialising in creativity and thinking skills across the curriculum. As an education consultant he has helped primary schools, secondary schools and pupil referral units to develop good practice in formative assessment, literacy across the curriculum and gifted and talented provision. Andy was also One-to-one Tuition co-ordinator for Cornwall throughout 2009 – 11. His most recent work involves looking at how schools can help pupils to achieve more of their potential by explicitly teaching social, emotional, cognitive and meta-cognitive skills.
  • Caroline Colfer - Primary Design and Technology Specialist
  • Clare Warden - Director of Mindstretchers. Claire is an award winning lecturer who now has an international reputation for pioneering work in education. Her key areas of work have focused on motivational maths, consulting children, and children’s connection to the natural world. The skill she has to connect to people wherever she works and her methodology is being implemented by policy makers in many countries around the world. This in turn inspires governments, lecturers, practitioners, and communities to create high quality education for their children.
  • Chris Barnes - Chris is currently Lead Consultant Early Years and has more than 20 years of working directly with young children in schools, most recently as an Advanced Skills Teacher.  As well as leading many curriculum initiatives in Cornwall, Chris has written articles for Early Years journals and other publications and contributed to a number of books on Early Years topics.
  • Christine Judge - Christine is employed by Music Cornwall as Curriculum Development Lead. She leads a team of teachers delivering tailor made music curriculum lessons and special projects throughout Cornwall as well as teaching classroom and instrumental lessons in schools. Christine also organizes and delivers CPD for primary, secondary and instrumental teachers across the county. After studying music at Manchester University she went on to gain a PGCE from Manchester Metropolitan before moving to London to teach in secondary schools, latterly as Head of Department. Her instruments are violin, piano and voice. She has extensive experience of performing and choral conducting.
  • David Hampshire - David is currently Lead Consultant and County Advisor for Religious Education, Citizenship and PSHEe (including sex and relationships education and drug education). In the past he has been a curriculum consultant for QCDA and QCA and an examiner for OCR. A former head of department he is also a published author with articles in RE Today and the Church Times in 2012 as well as the being the writer of the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus and editor of its support materials. David is currently a doctoral researcher at the University of Warwick.
  • Debby Morris - Debby began her teaching career in Los Angeles where she set up a pre-school before returning to the UK. Her experience includes twenty years as a class teacher across all primary ages with responsibilities for Literacy, ICT, Science and PSHE. She was also teacher advisor at Cornwall Healthy Schools, with responsibility for Emotional Health and Well Being. Debby created the Primary PADL (Promoting Active Democracy Loudly) School Council standards and award system and also wrote and managed the PACT (Parents And Children Together) project with her colleague from Health, Sue Adams. Together they led the PACT research and developed a Transition programme for secondary schools. Debby has written and led parent courses. Most recently she has been tutor, trainer and assessor for QCF school based qualifications and also played a key role in the development of Core 24.
  • Ed Walsh - Ed taught Science for twenty years in Manchester, South Wales and Cornwall and was a team leader for twelve years. He became a Science consultant in 2002 and was seconded to the National Strategies for two years, as a Regional Adviser and then Senior Adviser. Ed is Series Editor for Collins GCSE and KS3 Science resources, has written materials for Pearson and the ASE; he led National Strategies project teams on Narrowing the Gap in Science, and Curriculum Provision at KS4. He has run training at the Association for Science Education Annual Meeting, BETT and the Education Show, as well is in Ireland, Malta and Hong Kong.
  • Heather Davis - Heather is Cornwall Learning’s Lead Consultant for mathematics and numeracy. In the past she was Mathematics Subject Leader at Cornwall School Centred Initial Teacher Training and Head of Mathematics at Camborne Science and Community College. She is currently an examiner for OCR at A level and Edexcel at GCSE and is the local adviser for AQA Mathematics. Heather is currently a member of the Advisory Committee on Maths Education Outer Circle and an Associate for the Further Maths Support programme, as well as a contributor to the journal and conference of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • Liz Dando - Consultant for Teaching and ICT, responsible for devising and delivering a programme of e-safety provision for schools and the wider children’s work force. Previously a lecturer and Project Manager in Further Education and a Lead Teacher for ICT in schools, where her role included devising schemes of work for County Consultants. Liz has been in her current role for 7 years and became an Ofsted Inspector in 2011. During her time at Cornwall Learning, she has devised innovative pilot schemes that have been included in publications, including a Video Conferencing project with schools and the National Space Centre, which was recognised in a Government White Paper for Education. She is now leading the way in producing an e-safety program of online courses based on her work as a Child Exploitation and Online Protection Ambassador, E-safety and ICT Mark Assessor and Online Compass Assessor.
  • Maria Rundle - Maria is presently working as Consultant for maths and teaching and learning at Cornwall Learning. In the past she worked as a numeracy consultant for the Primary National Strategy. She has a strong interest in assessment for Learning and has worked with Paul Black and Shirley Clark. She currently helps to lead the Cornwall Assessment Moderation team.
  • Rosie Sleep - Rosie currently works as Language Consultant for Cornwall Learning and has been actively involved in the effective implementation of foreign languages in the primary classroom. Her present role, together with working as an Advanced Skills Teacher for Languages and Regional Trainer for The National Centre for Languages has led to broad expertise in early language acquisition and literacy development across the curriculum. Her experience includes the development and delivery of training on cross-curricular links, active language learning, mixed-age teaching, languages through story and culture.
  • Sally Griffin - Sally Griffin currently works as Senior Manager and curriculum development director. She was previously a theatre and media professional an associate lecturer at The University of Plymouth; County Advisor for Able, Gifted and Talented provision in Cornwall and an Advanced Skills Teacher  specialising in Drama, teaching and learning.  Her other areas of expertise include Creative and Media; behaviour for learning; the 14-19 curriculum and learner-led learning. Sally has written for government publications and articles on a range of subjects including combining Maths and Drama; directing young actors and how to build revision websites.
  • Sara Moult - Sara is a specialist English consultant with Cornwall Learning. She is a deliverer of approved DFE and co-author of the DFE approved supplementary phonics resource 'Giant Phonics' published by Cornwall learning. Expert areas include inclusion, boys' writing, phonics, reading comprehension, ICT to enhance learning, speaking and listening, drama and visual literacy. Sara led Cornwall LA's monitoring of Y1 phonics screening checks in 2012. She also lectures on the Worcester University Foundation degree course for the Learning Institute in Cornwall and is a tutor for The Institute of Leadership and Management courses at Level 3 and Level 5 run in conjunction with Cornwall Learning. Her background is in secondary English and Modern Foreign Languages but she taught in KS1 before taking up her current role and works mostly with KS1 and KS2 teachers. Sara authored the Y2 book in Nelson Thorne's popular 'Classworks for Literacy' series.
  • Sian Pilley - Originally from a creative arts background Sian began teaching in 2000 as music coordinator and classroom teacher. Since then she has delivered and managed a range of Educational and Community projects. It is the combination of all these experiences that have led her to devise a user friendly, creative and fun resource for Music Cornwall and Cornwall Learning for the Early Years, ‘Rainbow Pond Music’. She currently teaches in Cornish Schools for Music Cornwall delivering a range of Curriculum Music lessons and projects. Her vision for Rainbow Pond Music is a two fold approach “Empowering Teachers – Enabling Children”
  • Sue Adams - Sue began her career as a nurse and a midwife. She then moved into school nursing where she later pursued her interest into parents’ views on Sex and Relationships education by carrying out a research project entitled ‘Let’s Talk About Love’. This led to Sue’s work with Debby Morris to develop and manage the PACT (Parents And Children Together) project, along with its research programme and follow up Transition programme for secondary schools. Sue has run parent courses and most recently worked as a School Nurse in Cornish schools, where she has led staff training on health issues, such as asthma awareness. Sue is also the lead trainer for education staff on Work With Parents qualifications.
  • Sue Wilson - Sue Wilson is a primary mathematics consultant for Cornwall Learning. As part of this role she develops mathematics materials, leads teacher training courses and also supports teachers and teaching assistants within their own schools. Sue also leads a range of pupil intervention training and support for teachers and TAs as she is the local Teacher Leader for the successful Every Child Counts early mathematics intervention programme. She is a qualified Smartboard trainer and has completed training exploring the use of Numicon in the classroom. She has recently completed the NCETM professional development programme. Sue is the Assistant Director for the Cornwall SCITT Partnership which involves leading, developing and quality assuring primary trainee teachers’ skills, knowledge and understanding. She has also achieved NPQH status. A local headteacher referred to Sue as ‘the ever enthusiastic Sue Wilson’. She is calm in her approach but passionate about improving mathematics learning and teaching.
  • Tracey Matthews - Tracey currently works as an Early Years Foundation Stage Consultant for Cornwall Learning and is the EYFS/Key Stage1 course leader for Cornwall School Centred Initial Teacher Training Partnership. In the past she has worked as a teaching and learning consultant for the Primary National Strategy. A former Advanced Skills Teacher, Tracey is author of Giant Phonics and now a deliverer of approved phonics training for the Department for Education.
  • Wendy Delf - After twenty years teaching in secondary schools as a Subject Leader, Advance Skills Teacher and Senior Leader, Wendy is now a Lead Consultant and Senior Adviser for English. Her areas of responsibility include: KS1 and 2 Assessment co-ordinator for the LA and as a member of National Curriculum Assessments stakeholder group; NQT monitoring, training and development as the LA Appropriate Body and Senior Adviser for English and Drama. Her areas of expertise include literacy across the curriculum, behaviours for learning, and teaching and learning with a particular interest in Talk for Learning, the focus of her MA dissertation. Her most recent projects include: talk and the use of visualisers in the classroom with Avermedia; partnership work with the Language Garden, an ICT resource to support writing and Shakespeare Live – a resource to support Shakespeare teaching at National Trust properties.  Wendy also works nationally for Osiris education as a Visible Learning Plus UK trainer and as an Ofsted inspector for Tribal.

Will the Inspire Curriculum help your school?

Do you need someone to help you save time in shaping your own curriculum?
  • Does your school, or federation, have time to interpret a whole new curriculum while delivering the current one?
  • Are you confident that you can teach the new programmes of study in a way that secures knowledge and skills but still excites the children
  • Do you have the time to write your curriculum in a way that helps the teacher who is new to that year group or subject content and still inspire the experienced colleague who will run with an idea?
  • Have you got the time to explain the techniques and strategies that can excite learners when learning more limited parts of the curriculum.
  • Will you have time to test out your ideas with different teachers and parents?
  • Would you rather spend time preparing for delivery than mapping out the schemes of learning?
  • Will you have time to ensure the cross-curricular links and themes really work?

What will the Inspire Curriculum address?

  • Maths, English, Science programmes of study
  • Programmes of study for the Foundation subjects: Languages, Music, Design and Technology, Art and Design, ICT, Geography, History, PE and including RE
  • Schemes of learning for Sex and Relationships education and e-safety
  • Mixed age classes
  • Optional schemes e.g. innovation and enterprise, memory skills, heritage site ideas, educational visits, and more
  • Assessment
  • Quality assured products and resources to support curriculum delivery and learning

Who is Cornwall Learning working in partnership with?

So what is the Inspire Curriculum?

The Inspire Curriculum is an ambitious project to create a 21st Century ‘best practice’ solution for deep learning across a whole curriculum. Inspire will be a toolkit to plan, publish and deliver a whole curriculum which will inspire and excite children, headteachers, teachers, and parents.

Please understand some products are still in development therefore delivery times may vary.