Barnsley education company shortlisted for two national awards

18 February 2014

A Barnsley-based education business has been shortlisted for two national awards which recognise excellence in the provision of teaching and learning supplies.

Cornerstones has fought off tough competition to be announced as a finalist in two categories of the Education Resources Awards 2014.

The company is nominated as Supplier of the Year in the small business category; and its premium product, the Cornerstones Curriculum, is up for the Best Primary School Resource award.

The awards are organised by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), and winners will be announced at a gala dinner to be held at Birmingham’s National Motorcycle Museum during the Education Show 2014 in March.

Managing director of Cornerstones Melanie Moore said: “We are delighted to be nominated for two Education Resources Awards which represent the highest accolade in our industry.

“We established Cornerstones just three years ago and are determined to deliver resources which help schools plan and prepare rigorous and engaging creative learning experiences for children. We constantly strive to be innovative and be responsive to teachers’ needs. It is wonderful to gain national recognition for our products and services.”

BESA reported an unprecedented number of entries for their awards this year.

Director of BESA Caroline Wright said: “Once again our judges have assessed the very best in education, and the winners, who will be announced on March 21st, can be seen as exemplary companies with practical products that are fit for purpose and provide real value for money.”

Cornerstones, based at the Fields End Business Park in Goldthorpe, is one of the fastest-growing educational supply companies in the country. Set up in 2011, it has grown its customer base year on year and now sells creative teaching and learning materials to more than 650 primary schools in England and Wales.

Melanie Moore established Cornerstones with her co-directors Simon Hickton and Graham Bell, all of whom have 20 years’ experience in the teaching profession behind them. They now employ 27 people.

The Cornerstones creative curriculum package for three to 11-year-olds is packed with exciting and inspiring projects to help children think for themselves and learn; encouraging them to engage, develop, innovate and express themselves, while at the same time meeting all government-required targets in the new National Curriculum 2014. Cornerstones resources are designed to help teachers deliver high quality lessons; save them time planning; and enable them to spend more time with children in the classroom.

Cornerstones has also recently opened a new suite of training and meeting rooms available for hire at its Goldthorpe office complex and is developing an innovative multi-media hub to provide teachers with online learning resources to support the Cornerstones Curriculum.

NOTES TO EDITOR

Photo shows Cornerstones managing directors Melanie Moore and Graham Bell (centre) with members of the team l-r (back row) Dawn Moore, Sam Moss, Karen Moss, Michael Philips and l-r (front row) Helen Bell, Anna Turner, Sarah Eastwood and Charlotte Cranney.

For further information please contact Julia McInally at Cornerstones on 0844 335 0300 or j.mcinally@cornerstoneseducation.co.uk

Cornerstones is based at Fields End Business Park, Goldthorpe, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S63 0JF, telephone 0844 33503000.  For further details, see http://www.cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/  and follow on Twitter @Cornerstonesedu

BESA, the British Educational Suppliers Association, is the trade association representing educational suppliers in the UK, including manufacturers and distributors of equipment, materials, books, consumables, furniture, technology, ICT hardware and digital-content related services to the education market. BESA offers support, research, events and advice on both UK and International markets, and the future of the education supplies industry.  Visit www.besa.org.uk.

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