The Brilliant Club
15 students took part in this project, which ran during 2016.
The Brilliant Club's Scholars Programme is designed to emulate teaching and learning at a highly selective university. The charity recruits, trains and places PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in schools to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials that develop knowledge, skills and ambition. The length of tutorials and the size of groups vary depending on the Key Stage, but never exceed a maximum of six students.
Programmes begin with a Launch Trip at one of their partner universities, where students meet their PhD tutor and take part in a carousel of learning activities, including the first tutorial. For the next four weeks PhD tutors will spend half a day a week in school delivering two tutorials each time. Pupils are required to undertake weekly reading and writing assignments that lead to the completion of an extended assignment which the PhD tutors then mark thoroughly.
The programme finishes with another university trip, where students are given a tour of the campus, meet with outreach staff, receive feedback on their assignments and then attend a graduation ceremony.
You can read more about the opportunities that this programme brought to our more able students at www.thebrilliantclub.org. Parents/carers were able to sign up for a parents/carers newsletter, which offered useful resources on extra-curricular activities, researching universities and university applications.
The programme was coordinated by Miss Bianca Ware.
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