Training weekend electives

On this page you can find information about the electives for the November 2018 training weekend. Below are the elective titles and blurbs. Please note that some electives are only being run in one location.

Underneath each blurb are suggestions for which electives are suitable for which tutors. Please note that these are recommendations and all tutors are welcome to attend any elective they wish. Returning tutors may want to attend an elective aimed at new tutors in order to revisit material in the light of having delivered placements.


1 in 4, 1 in 50

Description: This elective introduces researchers to the broader context of widening participation, looking at current statistics around progression to university as well as the impact on social mobility more broadly. Participants will explore some of the key terminology used in the fair access sector, as well as government, HE and third-sector organisations’ efforts to increase fair access among under-represented groups. Through this session, PhD tutors will be more informed about their own work as widening participation professionals in schools and at university.

Suitable for: All tutors (particularly new tutors)


Assessment for Learning: Theory and Practice of checking for understanding

Description: Do you need to know what learners are learning? How do you do this effectively when you have six individual learners in front of you? What do you do with the information you gather? This advanced pedagogy session will look in to the research and theory underpinning effective strategies for checking understanding (assessment for learning). This session will allow experienced tutors to reflect on their practice and share effective strategies in the light of educational theory.

Suitable for: Returning tutors


The British Education System and School Context

Description: The session gives a beginner’s guide to the British education system and an overview of the school journey working with The Brilliant Club. Get top tips on working with your lead teacher and pupils and gain a better understanding of pupil’s educational context. This session is not recommended for those who went to school in Britain.

Suitable for: All tutors (particularly new tutors)


Creative Final Assignments in STEM

Description: The final assignment often takes the form of a literature review. This session will explore alternative ways in which final assignments in the STEM subjects can be designed to allow pupils to use their creativity, problem solving and research skills. There will be time built in to the session to review and revise the final assignment in your own course, so this is perfect for new tutors still designing their assignment, or returners looking to refresh and update their course.

This session will also touch on setting and assessing problem sets as the final assignment, and there will be the opportunity to look at past examples of these and discuss how this form of assignment can be most effective.

Suitable for: All STEM tutors


Giving Tricky Feedback

Description: Tutorials 6 and 7 provide you with opportunities to offer one-to-one feedback to your pupils but how can you ensure that feedback is effective and helps learners progress? This session looks at the importance of constructive feedback, with a focus on pupils who may have achieved a third or WTP (Working Towards Pass) grade.

Suitable for: All tutors


HEA Case Studies

Description: This elective will help you consider how you can use your experience as a PhD tutor on The Scholars Programme to form part of an application to the Higher Education Academy.

Suitable for: All tutors


“Help! My Research is Boring…”

Description: Concerned how to make your research relevant for school-aged pupils? This session will look at how you can adapt your research into an exciting course followed by a workshop where you will have the opportunity to begin planning a taster lecture aimed at non-specialist audiences.

Suitable for: All tutors

(London only)


Knowledge Organisers

Description: In your tutorials, pupils will come across a lot of new vocabulary and concepts. Knowledge organisers are a useful way of supporting pupils’ . This session will look at what Knowledge Organisers are, how they can be used and provide you with the opportunity to start developing one for your course.

Suitable for: New and returning tutors


Managing Group Dynamics

Description: Meeting your tutorial groups for the first time can be quite daunting, but it needn’t be. This session will focus on how you can get the most out of your learners as well as basic behaviour management strategies.

Suitable for: All tutors


Tricky Situations in Schools

Description: Schools are busy and complex environments, and your pupils are encountering unfamiliar subject material in an unfamiliar learning environment. Very occasionally, PhD tutors may encounter challenges during their TSP journey, which might be down to logistical challenges in schools, pupil engagement concerns, or totally unexpected issues! This elective supports PhD tutors to consider situations they might encounter in schools, reflect on their role as ambassadors for the charity, and build a set of key principles and confidence in responding to tricky situations.

Suitable for: New tutors

(Sheffield only)


Teaching Sensitive Topics

Description: In this session, you will look at how you can deal with content that may be of a sensitive nature, especially when delivering it to school-aged pupils. The session will address what is classed as sensitive content, why it is still important to include this content in tutorials and practical strategies for doing this effectively.

Suitable for: All tutors




Please note that sessions will only run in one slot.