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The Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club

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The Brilliant Club

http://www.thebrilliantclub.org

London, United Kingdom

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The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds who progress to highly selective universities. We do this by mobilising researchers to share their academic expertise in schools. The Brilliant Club runs two core programmes: The Scholars Programme and Researchers in Schools. The Scholars Programme recruits, trains and employs PhD researchers in schools on a part-time basis to deliver university-style tutorials to small groups of pupils. Last year, The Scholars Programme worked with 7,000 pupils in 300 schools across six regions of the UK. Researchers in Schools recruits, places and trains PhD graduates to become full-time classroom teachers through a programme of bespoke CPD training that also builds in one day per week ‘off timetable’ to pursue research and other activities to support university progression. Now entering its third year, Researchers in Schools has recruited more than 150 PhD graduates to begin a career in the classroom. Over 80% of the charities income comes through the delivery of its programmes. Founded in 2012, The Brilliant Club has grown rapidly to become the one of the largest widening access charities in the UK. We are a medium-sized charity with 50 staff across the country. Our National Office is based in Central London (Kensington), with further offices in Leeds and Birmingham. We are driven by our shared commitment to high performance, and are proud to have assembled a dynamic and hard-working team that strive towards the charity’s mission.

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The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds who progress to highly selective universities. We do this by mobilising researchers to share their academic expertise in schools.

The Brilliant Club runs two core programmes: The Scholars Programme and Researchers in Schools. The Scholars Programme recruits, trains and employs PhD researchers in schools on a part-time basis to deliver university-style tutorials to small groups of pupils. Last year, The Scholars Programme worked with 7,000 pupils in 300 schools across six regions of the UK. Researchers in Schools recruits, places and trains PhD graduates to become full-time classroom teachers through a programme of bespoke CPD training that also builds in one day per week ‘off timetable’ to pursue research and other activities to support university progression. Now entering its third year, Researchers in Schools has recruited more than 150 PhD graduates to begin a career in the classroom. Over 80% of the charities income comes through the delivery of its programmes.

Founded in 2012, The Brilliant Club has grown rapidly to become the one of the largest widening access charities in the UK. We are a medium-sized charity with 50 staff across the country. Our National Office is based in Central London (Kensington), with further offices in Leeds and Birmingham. We are driven by our shared commitment to high performance, and are proud to have assembled a dynamic and hard-working team that strive towards the charity’s mission.

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The Story So Far

The Brilliant Club was founded in 2011 by Jonathan Sobczyk and Simon Coyle, both of whom were working as classroom teachers. They were supported in establishing their organisation by The Sutton Trust, Teach First and Challenge Partners. Within six months we had completed pilot programmes with year 9 and year 11 pupils at a North London school, as well as with year 12 participants on the Higher Education Access Programme for Schools (HEAPS). In each case we received excellent results and feedback: over the course of the year 11 programme, the number of pupils working towards 5 A*-A grades increased from 3/19 at the start to 12/19 at the end, with 15/19 going on to achieve at least 5 A*-As in their GCSE results. In response to the statement ‘I would like to take part in The Brilliant Club again’ we received average results of 10/10 (year 9), 9.5/10 (year 11) and 9.7/10 (year 12). From our first pilot group of 12 pupils who applied to university in in 2012, eight were offered places at highly-selective universities and two were offered places at Oxbridge.
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