South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust

Teachers join sessions to revolutionise learning

A series of virtual sessions designed to revolutionise primary education was attended by around 70 teachers across Furness and South Lakes this week.

Renowned education specialist Alex Bedford led the CPD sessions giving teachers an insight into the science of learning and tips for the classroom.

The event was organised by Furness College’s South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust to support schools as they improve their learning offer for pupils and is the first in a series of six one-hour sessions.

Staff from the Trust’s member school Chetwynde were joined by those from Ormsgill, Barrow Island, George Romney, St Georges, Cambridge, Dent and Broughton primary schools along with Ulverston Victoria High School and the South Cumbria Pupil Referral Unit.

SCMAT Chief Executive Andrew Wren said: “There was a real focus away from the traditional approach of starting lessons with aims and objectives and a move to focusing on what the pupils know and building from there, particularly supporting the evolution of their vocabulary.

“I think people were really engaged in the presentation and we hope they found it beneficial.”

The sessions on Alex’s curriculum model – Curriculum with Unity Schools Partnership (CUSP) – will run weekly until the end of January.

SCMAT’s Primary Consultant Caroline Vernon, who set up the sessions, said the model teaches children the most efficient skills of learning and supports teachers to be highly effective.

For more information, email Caroline Vernon at

Furness College launched the South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust in March 2021 in a move to strengthen education across the area.

Chetwynde School was the first school to join the Trust, which will improve the educational offer for young people through shared staff knowledge and expertise, high quality teaching and the college’s world-class facilities.


South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust
South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust
South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust
c/o Chetwynde School Croslands
Rating Lane, Barrow-in-Furness
Cumbria LA13 0NY

Tel: 01229 824 210

Company number 13414087 registered in England.
South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust