South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust

Trust invites schools to revolutionise curriculum

South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust (SCMAT) is offering primary schools across the area the opportunity to revolutionise their curriculum.

The Trust, which is led by Furness College, is hosting a series of weekly virtual CPD sessions for teachers, led by renowned education specialist Alex Bedford, starting this month.

Alex designed a curriculum model called Curriculum with Unity Schools Partnership (CUSP), based upon international research into the science of learning. CUSP has been selected by the SCMAT’s Primary Consultant Caroline Vernon to roll out at Chetwynde School under the Trust partnership.

SCMAT Chief Executive Andrew Wren said the aim of the sessions is to support schools to improve and complement their learning offer for pupils.

“This online training initiative is part of the South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust’s investment in its primary provision and its work to share nationally acclaimed best practice across the community,” he said. “We know our local schools have great ambitions for their pupils and CUSP has been identified as a curriculum and teaching and learning approach that really underpins this outcome.”

Furness College launched the South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust in March 2021 in a move to strengthen education across the area. Chetwynde School, in Barrow, is the first 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.

SCMAT’s Primary Consultant Caroline Vernon said this evidence-based approach to curriculum design, the teaching sequences, retrieval practice and the importance of learning memory are underpinned by international best practice research and cognitive science. CUSP has been adopted by many schools in Cumbria and nationally because it leads to excellent outcomes for learners.

“Through the Trust we are delighted to offer this high-quality CPD programme so that teachers across the area can benefit from Alex Bedford’s expertise,” she said. “This model teaches children the most efficient skills of learning and supports teachers to be highly effective.”

The six one-hour sessions will be delivered on Zoom from 15.45 to 16.45 starting on November 30th and running through to the end of January.

Sessions include an introduction to CUSP and how to use it, practically, in the classroom. The science behind the teaching methods is interwoven with step by step modelling for teachers and senior leaders

There will be a nominal charge of £100 per school for the full programme. Up to 4 attendees per school are included in this fee. To book, email Caroline Vernon at


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

Company number 13414087 registered in England.
Tel: 01229 824 210
South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust