Doncaster ice skating star to champion creativity in classroom

Hayley Beech, new recruit at Cornerstones Education, goldthorpe
Hayley Beech, new recruit at Cornerstones Education, goldthorpe
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A former professional ice skater is carving out a new career assisting teachers in the classroom.

Hayley Beecher competed in British Figure Skating Championships all over the UK up to the age of 18 after learning to skate at Doncaster Dome when it opened in 1989. She has now joined Cornerstones Education’s growing team of schools consultants and will travel the country introducing teachers to the company’s creative curriculum materials.

Goldthorpe-based Cornerstones supplies over 1,000 primary schools across England and Wales, including 75 in South Yorkshire. Its mission is to spread a creative learning philosophy to help teachers deliver high-quality lessons and enable children to develop skills and knowledge and think for themselves.

Hayley said: “I am passionate about creativity in all its forms and genuinely believe it has a positive impact on teaching and learning in all subject areas. School should be a good experience for everyone and not something any of us look back on with a shudder.”

Hayley is a graduate of Bretton Hall College and has worked over ten years in arts development with Doncaster Community Arts (DARTS). She has also taught dance and drama in dozens of Doncaster schools and will continue to give lessons to children and adults at Doncaster Dome.

Cornerstones Education was established in 2010 and now employs 32 people.