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Brilliant Club Trip to Oxford

Twenty students visited Oxford University this week, Monday 30 October, as part of The Scholars Programme run by the educational charity, The Brilliant Club.

The aim of The Scholar Programme is to give students access to highly selected universities. The Brilliant Club works to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds that progress to highly selective universities, by training PhD researchers to share their academic expertise with pupils. The Scholars Programme is delivered by a PhD Tutor and involves two trips to the universities and six in-school tutorials.

The first trip was to Oxford University, where students took part in number of activities and workshops. These included university applications, study and research skill workshops. They were then given a full tour of the campus including student accommodation, social areas and student dining facilities.

The next phase will be the in-school tutorials, taking place during the school day and lasting for one hour each. The tutorials follow a super-curricular course designed to push students to develop the academic skills they will need to secure places at highly selective universities. These are based on the PhD Tutor’s area of research. Students finish the course by producing an assignment, which is marked using criteria from the Key Stage above their current level. They are then given a university-style grade and one-to-one feedback from their tutor to allow them to reflect on and improve their performance.

Taking part in The Scholars Programme is an exciting opportunity for our students and we hope they gain a great insight from the project.

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