Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club and Kleinwort Hambros partner to deliver an educational course to pupils across the UK

09 Mar 2021

The Brilliant Club is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Kleinwort Hambros, in co-creating an educational course on economics and finance for pupils aged 11-13. Together, we are helping young people from underrepresented backgrounds to progress to highly-selective universities.

Kleinwort Hambros provides individuals, families, entrepreneurs and family offices with comprehensive wealth management and private banking services including investment management, domestic and international wealth planning, lending, fiduciary and banking services, as well as mid-corporate advisory services on both a direct and intermediated basis.

From March onwards, Kleinwort Hambros and The Brilliant Club’s co-designed course “What is Money?” will be taught to students aged 11-13 in schools across the country. It will be part of the charity’s Scholars Programme which consists of seven university-style tutorials taught by a PhD tutor, either in-person or virtually, and an academic assignment.

The course will introduce students to the fundamental principles of money, its value, how it has evolved and how it continues to evolve. This will go beyond the current Key Stage 3 curriculum, helping students to better understand finance whilst also introducing them to principles that will help them to manage their own finances.

In a year which has seen many young people’s education impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic, with school closures and challenges with home schooling, there is a risk that many students might be left behind. In bringing this course to schools around the country, Kleinwort Hambros and The Brilliant Club aim to support young people to develop key academic skills, including written communication and critical thinking, which support academic achievement and university readiness.

The course represents the first venture of the partnership between The Brilliant Club and Kleinwort Hambros. By working closely with local communities and organisations to make higher-level learning more accessible through initiatives such as this course, Kleinwort Hambros is seeking to pave the way for the next generation of colleagues, clients and thought-leaders.

Anne-Marie Canning MBE, CEO of The Brilliant Club said:

“We would like to thank Kleinwort Hambros for helping to support young people from underrepresented backgrounds to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to study and succeed at a highly-selective university. As students continue to face significant challenges due to the pandemic, we must find ways to nurture the next generation so they have the best chance of realising their potential. Together, through our partnership, we will support and inspire students through education and make a lasting difference on their futures.”

Paul Kearns, head of banking and credit solutions at Kleinwort Hambros and co-designer of the course commented:

“Covid-19 has had a significant impact on young people’s education and development, accentuating the gaps that exist within education and may even impact their future careers.

“In working with The Brilliant Club, we are helping to close this gap. By sharing our knowledge and passion within local communities, we are bringing together students from underrepresented schools, university academics and industry practitioners. As a leading responsible bank, we have a shared commitment in making a better future for our society.”