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The Brilliant Tutoring Programme

Can pupils access the Brilliant Tutoring Programme from home?

Yes. The Brilliant Tutoring Programme was always designed to be run virtually and has been adapted to run for pupils at home. Pupils are given individual VLE logins which they can use to access their tutorials.

When do pupils access their tutorials?

Tutorials usually run in the afternoon. The lead teacher can decide the specific time for the tutorials to run. As schools have reopen, teachers may wish for pupils to access their tutorials in school at the end of the day or choose a later time for pupils to log in from home.

How do the tutorials work?

In their first session, pupils are assessed for their current ability and confidence in the subject.

For tutorials 2-13, the pupils are taught by their PhD tutors via the Virtual Learning Environment platform. Tutorials last one hour and the tutors may allocate homework as they discern.

In the penultimate session, the pupils sit an end of programme assessment.

For the final tutorial, the pupils will receive written feedback for their assessment. Their tutor will provide one-to-one feedback and suggest areas for future progress.

Are there in-person options for the Brilliant Tutoring Programme?

The Brilliant Tutoring Programme is designed to be delivered virtually. However, we are happy to discuss in-person options.

PhD Tutors

How are PhD tutors recruited?

Our recruitment process consists of three main stages: 1) application form, 2) assessment centre and 3) pre-employment checks. We assess all candidates against the skills and values that we believe are crucial to the delivery of excellent tutorials, and cross reference this against relevant guidelines from OFSTED (schools). All PhD tutors are subject to a DBS check, Right to Work check and TRA check.

How are PhD tutors trained?

Every tutor is required to attend training before they are allocated to teach. Tutors are trained in pedagogy practices to deliver high-quality and age-appropriate tutorials.

Are PhD tutors paid?

Yes, PhD tutors are paid for the work that they do. As such, we expect them to always act as professionals, both in terms of adhering to appropriate codes of conduct and maintaining a sense of professional pride in the work that they do.

The Brilliant Club

Is the Brilliant Club a registered charity?

The Brilliant Club is a registered charity in England and Wales (charity number 1147771) and Scotland (SC048774).

How is The Brilliant Club funded?

The Brilliant Club is a non-profit organisation and has a range of funding streams. Schools and universities both contribute to the cost of delivering a programme, which is further subsidised by contributions from grant-making organisations.

Does The Brilliant Club have public liability insurance?

Yes. The Brilliant Club has public liability insurance (to the value of £10,000,000) for Brilliant Club employees and PhD tutors.

Does The Brilliant Club have a child protection policy?

Yes. The Brilliant Club has child protection and data protection policies. If you would like to see these, please get in touch or ask your Programme Officer for a copy.

Does The Brilliant Club have a GDPR statement and Data Protection Policy?

Yes. The Brilliant Club has a GDPR statement and data protection policy and has processes in place to comply with GDPR rules. If you would like to see these, please get in touch  or ask your Programme Officer for a copy.