Overview -

The Scholars Programme helps pupils develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to progress to the most competitive universities. We train our PhD tutors to deliver The Scholars Programme in our partner schools across the UK. They share their subject knowledge and passion for learning with small groups of pupils aged 8-18.

Programme Overview – Schools

What does The Scholars Programme offer?

  • Challenging courses on subjects beyond the curriculum, taught by a world class researcher
  • Experience of university-style learning in small group tutorials
  • Two visits to the most competitive universities

Why get involved?

  • Develop key university-preparedness skills including critical thinking, subject knowledge, written communication, and university self-efficacy
  • Scholars Programme graduates are almost twice as likely to progress to highly-selective universities (UCAS evaluation, 2019)
  • Robust impact reports showcasing progress towards national education targets
  • Cited as an effective use of Pupil Premium by Ofsted





The School Journey

Programme planning: We will support the lead teacher to plan the programme with a dedicated Scholars Programme Officer. Teachers will have access to Scholars HQ, our teacher dashboard, where they can securely register pupils, access resources and monitor programme impact.

Launch event: Pupils will visit a competitive university to experience a day on campus and have their first tutorial with their PhD tutor. We will provide information, advice and guidance sessions tailored to the age group.

In-school tutorials: Your PhD tutor visits the school on a weekly basis to deliver tutorials 2-7. Each pupil receives a course handbook to support them through the programme. Pupils also have access to a virtual learning environment to get support from their tutor and submit homework and assignments.

Final assignment and feedback: All pupils complete a final assignment pitched one key stage above their current level. Tutors provide one-to-one feedback in tutorials 6 and 7. Assignments are marked and awarded university gradings.

Graduation trip: A visit to another competitive university to learn more about university life and celebrate pupils’ achievements on the programme. Some venues are also able to accommodate parents and carers.

School impact report: We provide a detailed, bespoke impact report at the end of the programme outlining pupils’ progress against our university readiness competencies. The report also showcases pupil premium impact and progress against the Gatsby benchmarks.

How are pupils supported?

Our community of more than 1,000 PhD tutors is what makes The Brilliant Club unique. For some pupils, the only doctor they may have ever met is in a medical setting, but our programmes open up the world of academic research and give young people the opportunity to study university-level work in an accessible manner.  

Our tutors are recruited from a range of disciplines covering STEM, Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences. The training also supports tutors to develop their understanding of pedagogy and teaching practice to deliver high quality tutorials to small groups of pupils. Tutors also undergo Safeguarding and professional standards training.

Pupils each receive a course handbook to support them through the programme. This will include all the material they need for their assignments and tutorials. Pupils will also have access to a virtual learning environment throughout the programme to submit work and get support from their tutor.

The Brilliant Club - School Enquiry

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