The Brilliant Club Conference 2018

Copy of Measuring Up_ Research, Evidence and Urgency in University Access and Student Success

The Brilliant Club held our fifth annual conference, delivered in partnership with King’s College London, Ormiston Academies Trust, Nene Park Academy, Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust, the University of Cambridge and UEA on Friday 13th July 2018 at Nene Park Academy, Peterborough.

In the UK today, there is an entrenched link between household income and educational success. Pupils from low-income backgrounds are far less likely than their wealthier peers to attain five good GCSE grades, progress to higher education or secure a high-income job.

We were delighted to bring together those from all sectors to join us for an event that focused on how to conduct robust and realistic evaluations of interventions, and facilitate the sharing of research and evidence-based practical activity with a view to better supporting young people to access and succeed at university. Everyone has an important part to play in addressing the challenges within education.

Delegates enjoyed a range of dynamic sessions, including:

  • Keynote speech by Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access and Participation at the Office for Students
  • Keynote speech by Matt Jones, Principal at Ark Globe Academy and Founder of headteacher led organisation The Elephant Group
  • What Should University Access Look Like in Ten Years’ Time? with Anne-Marie Canning MBE, Director of Social Mobility and Student Success, King’s College London; Giles Fullard, Assistant Principal and Head of Sixth Form, Nene Park Academy, part of Cambridge Meridien Academies Trust (CMAT); Kristina Garner, Lecturer in Law and Widening Participation Coordinator for Social Sciences, University of East Anglia;  Matthew Sprake, Deputy Headteacher, City of Norwich School – an Ormiston Academy; and Dr Sam Lucy, Director of Admissions, University of Cambridge

Creating Urgency

  • Can Contextual Data Deliver on the Promise of Transforming Access to Higher Education? with Alex Ingold, LSE; Andrew Berwick, The Access Project; Emilie Sundorph, Teach First; and Haseena Manji, Ormiston Bushfield Academy
  • Context Matters: Local and National Approaches to Improving University Access with Mike Garnock-Jones, HEPP; Dr Sonia Ilie, University of Cambridge; and Stephen Parry-Jones, Seren
  • Insight Discover: Working Together for Local Impact in Peterborough with Dr Celeste Cheung and Lucy Preston, The Brilliant Club; Charlotte Ward and Year 7 and 8 Pupils, Nene Park Academy (part of CMAT); and George Green and Patricia Sullivan, University of Cambridge
  • Rolling Out Excellence: Examples of Sharing Best Practice Across Education Systems with Dr Rajbir Hazelwood, AccessEd; Dr Cliona Hannon, Trinity College Dublin; Connie Foong, Closing The Gap; and Michael Slavinsky, The Brilliant Club
  • Why and How Schools and Universities Must Engage Parents with Ellie Mulcahy and Dr Sam Baars, LKMco, and Kate Kettle, King’s College London

Evidencing Impact

  • Assess and Develop your Evaluation Practice for Higher Education Providers with Beth Isaac and Elizabeth Garnham, Office for Students
  • Evaluating In-school Interventions: Challenges and Solutions with Owen Carter, ImpactEd
  • Long Term Evaluation: Using Meaningful Control Groups to Measure University Progression with Dr Lauren Bellaera, The Brilliant Club and Paul Chandler, UCAS
  • Meta-Cognition and Attainment Raising: From Implementation to Evaluation with Andrew Foster, Tougher Minds; Dr Catherine McEvoy, Researchers in Schools; and Eleanor Stringer, EEF
  • What Makes an Effective Summer School? with Caroline Sharp, NFER; Gemma Standen, UEA; Jimmy Pickering, King’s College London; and Laura Bruce, The Sutton Trust

Applying Research

  • A Long Game – University Progression from Year 4 to Year 13 with Claire Ungley and Emma Maslin, Dyke House Sports and Technology College
  • Engaging Teachers and Pupils with Research to Raise Attainment with Anthony Partington, CMAT and Stamford Welland Academy, and Dr Nathanael Roome, Heathside School and RIS Participant
  • Kingston University’s Approach to Differential Attainment with Dr Annie Hughes and Beatrice Carey, Kingston University
  • Using Evidence to Change Institutions: Building Belongingness in King’s College London with Susannah Hume, King’s College London
  • What Influences a Pupil Premium Student’s Secondary Outcomes? with Zoe Claymore, NFER
  • What Is Your Intervention Doing Now? Measuring and Reporting on Intermediate Outcomes with Dr Irina Sirbu and Paul Rünz, The Brilliant Club
Conference with thanks to partners