The Brilliant Club for schools
Our Programme Team is made up of full-time employees who are either qualified teachers or PhD graduates. They work closely with our PhD tutors to develop programmes that embody the following key principles:
A core focus on academic development
Targeting pupils who will benefit the most
The Scholars Programme supports pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition needed to progress to a highly-selective university. The programme focuses on academic development through university trips, in-school tutorials and challenging independent assignments.
We work with schools to ensure that all pupils who take part in our programmes have demonstrated the potential to secure a place at a highly-selective university and/or will gain significant benefit that would not otherwise have been available.
Early and sustained intervention
We begin working with pupils at Key Stage 2 and continue to support their academic development throughout their school careers and path to university. New pupils are able to join our programmes at each key stage.
Our programmes combine academic development with information, advice and guidance to support university choices. This includes sessions delivered by our university partners and access to our online virtual learning environment.
The Scholars Programme
"We recruit, train and place doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in schools to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials, which are supplemented by two university trips."
The Scholars Programme is designed to emulate the learning that students experience at highly-selective universities.
- Programmes begin with a Launch Trip at one of our partner universities, where pupils meet their PhD tutor and take part in a carousel of learning activities, including the first tutorial. Pupils also have a campus tour, and receive information, advice and guidance from the university.
- For the next five weeks weeks, PhD tutors will spend half a day a week in school delivering two tutorials on each visit, working with two groups of six pupils. The length of tutorials and the size of groups vary depending on the key stage, but never exceed six pupils.
- 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. Pupils can submit homework and questions to their PhD tutor through our Virtual Learning Environment, a moderated messaging system.
- Pupils receive two one-on-one feedback tutorials – the first looking at their draft final assignment, and the second on their final assignment which has been marked by their PhD tutor, and given a university style grade (1st, 2:1, 2:2 etc.).
- The programme finishes with a Graduation Event at another university, where pupils are given a tour of the campus, meet with outreach staff, and attend a graduation ceremony. Typically these are held on Saturdays, allowing parents and carers to join.
Our programmes take place at the following times:
- Year 9/10 and / or Year 12 – Autumn term – October to February
- Year 9/10 and / or Year 12 – Spring term – January to May
- Year 5/6 and / or Year 7/8 – Summer term – March to July
Researchers in Schools
"An innovative teacher training programme that recruits PhD graduates to teach in state secondary schools"
The Researchers in Schools Programme offers a bespoke route for PhD graduates to enter the teaching profession as full-time classroom teachers. Working in partnership with other providers, we offer a programme of initial teacher training and on-going professional development that equips participants to utilise their academic expertise to the benefit of pupils, schools and universities. Read more about Researchers in Schools here.