Training weekend electives

On this page you can find information about the electives for the September 2017 training weekend. Below are the elective titles and blurbs. Please note that some electives are only being run in one or two locations. Select your training weekend location at the bottom of the page to view the electives available and to sign up.

 

1 in 4, 1 in 50

This elective introduces researchers to the broader context of widening participation, looking at current statistics around progression to university as well as the impact on social mobility more broadly. Participants will explore some of the key terminology used in the fair access sector, as well as government, HE and third-sector organisations’ efforts to increase fair access among under-represented groups. Through this session, PhD tutors will be more informed about their own work as widening participation professionals in schools and at university.

New, Returning

London

 

Assessment for Learning

How do you know what the students know? How do you know what you say is going in? This elective will help you develop and evaluate strategies for checking pupil understanding and adjusting your tutorial as necessary. This elective will be useful for new tutors and returning tutors who want to see assessment techniques in action. Tutors who have attended this elective before are advised to attend alternative electives.

New, Returning, AST

Bristol and Manchester

 

Creative final assignments in STEM

The final assignment often takes the form of a literature review. This session will explore alternative ways in which final assignments in the STEM subjects can be designed to allow pupils to use their creativity, problem solving and research skills. There will be time built in to the session to review and revise the final assignment in your own course, so this is perfect for new tutors still designing their assignment, or returners looking to refresh and update their course.

This session will also touch on setting and assessing problem sets as the final assignment, and there will be the opportunity to look at past examples of these and discuss how this form of assignment can be most effective.

All STEM tutors

Bristol and Manchester

 

CREST: accrediting your course with the British Science Association’s CREST award scheme

CREST Awards celebrate excellent STEM project work. Run by the British Science Association, they look great included on UCAS personal statements, with admissions tutors using CREST Awards as evidence of communication, time-management, planning, critical thinking and team working skills. Further information about CREST can be found here.

This elective will be hosted by the British Science Association and will look at how to develop your course so that it can support your students to work towards a CREST award.

All STEM tutors

London only

 

Even Trickier Situations: tutorial scenarios for returning tutors

For those tutors with one or more placements under their belt who want to discuss some of the things which can go wrong during tutorials – and how to handle them.  This session will allow returning tutors to reflect on their experience so far and share both the “tricky situations” they have encountered and how they dealt with them.  Then, as a group, we will consider some other possible scenarios and some key principles for facing these, whilst ensuring positive outcomes for our pupils.

Returning

All locations

 

Getting pupils talking

The Scholars Programme offers an amazing opportunity for pupils involved to work in a completely different environment from school where, research shows, teachers tend to talk – even at the best of times – for over 55% of classes. The remaining time, split between 25-35 pupils, doesn’t leave much for meaningful development of oracy skills. On The Scholars Programme pupils move into a class of 6 pupils with all the time in the world to have interesting discussions. However, sometimes it can be difficult to acclimatize to this new university-style learning opportunity and take full advantage.

If you have previously attended the Talking Heads elective, we recommend you opt for an alternative elective, as there is some overlap in content.

New, Returning, AST

All locations

 

How will your tutorials complement pupils’ school education?

Gain an insight into the national curriculum and assessments for pupils studying in England and Wales. Understand how you can relate your course to pupils’ school education and, specifically, develop their metacognitive skills to enhance the impact of The Scholars Programme on their studies and future applications to highly selective universities. This session would be particularly useful for new tutors and those who are less aware of the school context and/or metacognition.

New, Returning, AST

Bristol and London

 

Making the Link: How classroom practice informs academic teaching

How can you adapt your Scholars Programme experience for use with undergraduates? This session demonstrates the transferable nature of the principles of good teaching. The facilitators will demonstrate how classroom activities can be adapted for use in undergraduate teaching. There will be opportunities for tutors to discuss the challenges of university teaching and make their own contributions about how they could adapt sessions to overcome these challenges.

For New, Returning, AST

All locations

 

Moving from Didactic to Dialogic

Traditionally, much of the practice in education in the UK has been teacher led and instructional but does this best serve the students’ intellectual and social development? This session is designed to give participants an overview of the theory and principles behind the use of dialogue in the educational context and will have practical tips to take away, as well as an opportunity to practise some techniques discussed.

New, Returning, AST

Bristol 

Overcoming barriers to writing

According to the NHS “it is estimated that up to 1 in every 10 to 20 people in the UK has some degree of dyslexia”. Specific Learning Difficulties – such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dysgraphia – are difficulties that individuals have with particular aspects of learning.

Although independent of intellectual ability, Specific Learning Difficulties can mean that pupils find the path to academic achievement requires a lot of additional effort. In this elective, we look at tweaks that can be made to your programme and tutorial delivery to ensure these pupils get the most out of your programme.

New, Returning, AST

Bristol

 

Sharing your academic journey to inspire pupils

As a Brilliant Club PhD Tutor, you act as a role model for young people. But how can you ensure you share your academic journey to best inspire pupils? And how can you encourage productive conversations to take place with your tutorial group about university access?

In this session we will consider and practice approaches for sharing your academic journey with pupils from how you introduce yourself on the Virtual Learning Environment, on the Launch Trip, to the ongoing interactions and conversations you may have as part of tutorials. We will consider ice breaker conversations which will encourage your pupils to share their academic hopes and ambitions with you and how you can use these conversation pro-actively to encourage engagement and learning in tutorials.

New

Bristol and Manchester

 

The British Education system and School context

The session gives a beginner’s guide to the British education system and an overview of the school journey working with The Brilliant Club. Get top tips on working with your lead teacher and pupils and gain a better understanding of pupil’s educational context. This session is not recommended for those who went to school in Britain.

New

London and Manchester

 

Tricky Situations in Schools

Schools are busy and complex environments, and your pupils are encountering unfamiliar subject material in an unfamiliar learning environment. Very occasionally, PhD tutors may encounter challenges during their TSP journey, which might be down to logistical challenges in schools, pupil engagement concerns, or totally unexpected issues! This elective supports PhD tutors to consider situations they might encounter in schools, reflect on their role as ambassadors for the charity, and build a set of key principles and confidence in responding to tricky situations.

New, Returning

All locations

 

 Working with Small Groups

The Scholars Programme tutorial learning environment is different to teaching 1-1, a whole class or giving a lecture.  This session will give support on how to deliver successful tutorials to groups of 4-6 pupils focussing on areas including: how to structure learning, supporting everyone to participate and make progress and designing activities.  Throughout the session, practical advice and tips will be given to help ensure your tutorials work well for all your pupils.  This session is aimed at new tutors who are unfamiliar with teaching in a small group, tutorial format.

New

London

 

Bristol

London

Manchester

Please note that some sessions will only run in one slot.