Yorkshire education specialists secure first international customer

7 July 2014

A fast-growing Barnsley-based education company which supplies a thousand schools in the UK has secured its first customer overseas.

A Cyprus school which educates the sons and daughters of British Armed Forces personnel has signed up for Cornerstones’ creative curriculum learning materials.

The order from Ayious Nikolaos Primary came in via the company’s website just days before Cornerstones signed up its 1000th school in England and Wales.

It is the first international customer for the company and kick starts Cornerstones’ campaign to build on its success in the UK and export its expertise.

Cornerstones managing director Simon Hickton said: “We are very pleased to welcome Ayious Nikolaos Primary as our first international customer and look forward very much to supplying the school with our full curriculum package of teaching and learning materials, online resources and support.

“When we set up the company four years ago one of our long term objectives was to extend our reach beyond schools in the UK and develop an international customer base.

“It’s great to be embarking on this part of our strategy now and we are keen to introduce many more international schools to the benefits of creative learning with our support.”

There are hundreds of English-speaking schools overseas, many serving the families of the British armed forces and others in areas with large ex-pat communities.

Ayios Nikolaos Primary is based in east of Cyprus close to the city of Famagusta. In common with all British Armed Forces schools, it follows the English National Curriculum and is subject to Ofsted inspections.

The school’s three-to-11-year-old pupils will begin working on some of Cornerstones 70 imaginative learning projects from September. These diverse projects, with names like Frozen Planet, Muck, Mess and Mixtures and Gallery Rebels, are designed to help teachers plan and prepare engaging and rigorous lessons which provide comprehensive coverage of the new 2014 National Curriculum.

Cornerstones’ projects are written as structured frameworks, but with flexibility built in too, so schools can adapt them to suit their requirements and locations, whether they are in Kent or Cumbria; Portsmouth or Peterborough; Cyprus or Singapore.
Simon said: “Our curriculum is ready to go international and doesn’t need any tweaks. We designed it to provide structure where needed but to be flexible and fit-for-purpose for every school from Barnsley to Cyprus.

“We’ve always been fascinated to see how different schools work with our projects and many share news and examples of their work with us via our social media platforms. It will be great to see what school children in Cyprus do with the Cornerstones curriculum.”

Cornerstones Education, based in Goldthorpe, Barnsley, was established in 2010 by a team of three directors each with 20 years’ experience in the teaching profession behind them. Sales have risen year on year and Simon, Melanie Moore and Graham Bell now employ 30 people. The company also produces additional curriculum resources that focus on reading, scientific investigation and languages.

Cornerstones has also just launched an innovative multi-media online hub to provide teachers with ready-made, easily accessible and inspiring resources to accompany its curriculum projects.

Notes to editor

Photograph shows Cornerstones managing director Simon Hickton.

Alternative photograph shows pupils at one of the latest UK schools to sign up to use the Cornerstones curriculum, Meersbrook Bank Primary in Sheffield. Pictured (l—r) are Daisy Williamson, Finn Nolan and Ella-Rose Day.

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

Cornerstones produce a range of educational resources and their primary product is a creative curriculum package for three to 11-year-olds. The curriculum is packed with exciting and engaging ways to help children learn; encouraging them to engage; develop skills, knowledge and understanding; innovate and express themselves; while at the same time meeting government-required learning targets in the National Curriculum. Cornerstones resources are designed to help teachers deliver high quality lessons. They also save them time planning and enable them to spend more time with children in the classroom.

Cornerstones is based at Fields End Business Park, Goldthorpe, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S63 0JF, tel: 0844 335 0300, http://www.cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/

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