Groundbreaking ‘’ Curriculum Adopted by 90 Sandwell Primary Schools

Hodder Education and Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust (CAT) proudly announce the adoption of their pioneering online curriculum by all 90 primary schools in the Sandwell LA area, with an aim to improve standards and close the disadvantage gap for young learners in the region. An exceptional example of best practice in curriculum and resource development ‘by teachers, for teachers’ and the public and private sectors working hand in hand.

The Primary curriculum, developed over 16 years, builds on Shireland’s proven ‘Excite, Explore, Excel’ Primary curriculum with engaging themes covering all national curriculum content. is a modern, fully coherent and ‘knowledge engaged’ curriculum across the Primary Foundation subjects. Engaging – deliberately intriguing – themes include Amazing Islands, Catastrophe and Mummified. All themes are knowledge rich with clear subject focus.

In a commitment to family engagement, each lesson includes resources to connect classroom learning to learning at home, supported by spectacular resources from children’s publisher What on Earth books are now available to Sandwell families.

Additionally, the curriculum broadens children’s horizons by linking every theme to ‘cultural opportunities’ such as listening to music, looking at art, reading poetry and virtual museum visits, opening up new opportunities for every child.

Uniquely, all lessons include an embedded opportunity to explore and support children’s wellbeing You can find more on that work here: All work on wellbeing is fully mapped to the DfE’s RSE statutory guidance and National Curriculum topic areas.

With thousands of resources accessible through the Boost platform from Hodder Education, teachers have the flexibility to deliver lessons ‘out of the box’ or customise them according to their students’ needs. Schools can easily deliver though Boost or their preferred platform, such as O365 or Google Classroom.

This initiative marks a transformative opportunity across the first 90 schools.

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Paul Cherry, Director for Policy, Partnerships and UK Sales at Hodder Education said:

‘Our work with Shireland – forged in lockdown – has been one of our most exciting and rewarding partnerships. We have gained so much in working with Sir Mark Grundy, Lady Kirsty and the amazing Shireland team. We are thrilled to now be working with Sandwell’s Primary teachers to help change the lives of more young people through delivering the curriculum, raising standards, reducing teacher workload and supporting learners with curriculum content and wellbeing.’


Sir Mark Grundy, CEO Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust said:

‘As a Multi-Academy Trust serving our part of the West Midlands, we have always believed that one of our key roles should be to help our students in and out of school as much as we can, and reduce work pressures on our staff.  A key solution has been the development of our on-line curriculum, and this has served us very well.  Working with the team at Hodder Education has taken this to a completely new level.  Their support on quality assuring our resources and refining how they are delivered via the Boost platform has been a game changer!’


Sandwell Programme Co-ordinator said:

‘I have been working with the schools across the Local Authority which are both LA and Academy schools on this programme.  The inclusion of as part of our solution has sparked a completely different level of discussion about adaptive teaching whilst having the potential to reduce teacher workload.’


User quotes

‘The resources have everything you need including detailed teaching slides for every lesson. Having a wellbeing lesson linked to each theme is a huge plus for us; it’s a real focus for our school this year.’ Charlotte Monins, SENDCO, Whitby Heath Primary School


 ‘ is a platform that boasts everything a teacher at the … chalkface needs. The simplicity of its design, combined with the overall power of the platform empowers teachers and ensures that students can be quickly engaged. The quality of the thematic content is second to none.’ Teach Secondary Awards 2021, Winner: Remote Learning


‘The quizzes at the end of each lesson were a huge success … From our school alone, we had over 400 quizzes answered over 6 weeks.’ Liam Guest, Head of Y10, Thorns Collegiate Academy

‘ ‘’’ is an excellent example of best practice when it comes to EdTech platforms that can engage and hold students’ interest. The teacher and student dashboards are easy to navigate, with intuitive interfaces that keep everything clear.’ Teach Secondary, Review