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The Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club

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The Brilliant Club


London, United Kingdom

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The Brilliant Club is an award winning charity that exits to increase the number of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities by placing PhD tutors in non-selective state schools to deliver university-style teaching to high performing pupils.

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The Brilliant Club is a registered charity that widens access to top universities by placing PhD students into inner-city schools.

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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