Education specialist’s Merseyside deal

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Cornerstones Education, the Barnsley-based education specialists, is celebrating securing its first customer on Merseyside. The Goldthorpe business was set up three years ago to supply schools with comprehensive teaching and learning resources and has already built up a 600-strong customer base.

One in four primary schools in Wales use its materials along with schools in South Yorkshire, Birmingham and Surrey.

Cornerstones’ schools director Graham Bell said: “We set up our company up in 2011 with the express intention of spreading and supporting a creative learning philosophy across the UK and we’re already working with schools from Kent to Cumbria and Portsmouth to Peterborough. But we have not previously worked with a school in Merseyside so it is great that we now have a presence in this region.”

Prescot Primary School in Knowsley has become Cornerstones’ first Merseyside customer and has signed up to use its comprehensive teaching and learning resources for three- to 11-year-olds.

Head teacher, Stephen George, said: “We want lessons to engage and excite every learner enable them to progress.

“We’ve chosen the Cornerstones curriculum because it provides an excellent flexible framework of well-researched cross-curricular projects. It will help us prepare stimulating learning which we can tailor to the needs of our pupils and our community.”

Cornerstones was established by a team of three directors each with 20 years’ experience in the teaching profession behind them. Melanie Moore, Simon Hickton and Graham Bell now employ 27 people.

The company recently opened a new suite of training and meeting rooms at its headquarters, which are available for hire, and is developing an innovative multi-media hub to provide teachers with online learning resources.