The Brilliant Club National Conference 2017

'Getting In and Getting On': The Whole Student Lifecycle

Saturday 8th July, King’s College London

The Brilliant Club conference 2017 brought together delegates from across the education sector and beyond for a day of discussion to challenge disadvantage at every level of education.

The progression for disadvantaged young people is challenging at every level; they are less likely to study academically rigorous subjects at GCSE, they underachieve by over half a GCSE grade per subject and are less likely to progress onto A Level Post 16 study. They are less likely to progress to higher education and they are exponentially less likely to progress onto a highly selective university. And even when they have defied every trend, statistic and prediction, they suffer from long term disadvantage in the labour market.

Delegates enjoyed a range of dynamic and research led sessions on making tangible change to widening participation in the UK including:

  • Keynote speech from Emran Mian, Director of Strategy and Social Mobility at the Department for Education on the challenges of ‘getting in and getting on’.
  • Owen Carter from The Brilliant Club on how to use online tools to evaluate interventions across the student lifecycle.
  • Dan Robertson, Diversity and Inclusion Director delivers Unconscious Bias Training from sector leader, ENEI for all delegates.
  • Andrew Murphy, Vicki Brown and Emma Maslin from The Aspirations Team at Dyke House Sports and Technology College (Hartlepool) on how to design and deliver effective primary school interventions.
  • Dr. Michael Englard from the Higher Education Action Network (HEAN) on how teachers can support with personal statements
  • LKMCo on the underrepresentation of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils in higher education.
  • Paul Chandler, Lead Data Scientist from UCAS on how we should interpret progression statistics
  • The Brilliant Club’s Mike Slavinsky and Advancing Access’ Rebecca Clark provide practical solutions in a workshop on ‘Creating a Whole School Widening Participation Programme.’
  • This House Believes that… University is for Everyone’: A live Debate Mate debate including contributions from Professor Tom Ward (Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Leeds) and our team of expert student debaters!
  • Deb Connor from the Social Mobility Foundation on ‘Preparing the Next Generation of Professionals’.