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Dear Teachers,

We hope you and your pupils are doing well.

We are excited to announce our first Virtual Friends of the Brilliant Club Event, for more details and where to sign up see below. 

In this edition we are delighted to share the experience that pupils and staff at Bristnall Hall Academy, West Midlands had of The Scholars Programme. If you want to discuss their experiences and what this could look like for your pupils, get in touch.

We are continuing to produce online resources, which can be found in The Scholars Programme area of our website under Pupil Resources. This week we have some fantastic sessions, including a new research skills session and a masterclass on  the history of patriotism in the USA which can be found on our YouTube channel. Subscribe to be the first to see them! 

We are currently working with schools across the country to deliver Scholars Programme placements virtually this summer term and into the summer break. If this is of interest for your pupils, get in touch and we will be more than happy to support.

Have a lovely weekend!
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Join us on Thursday 9 July, 16:30 via Zoom for our very first virtual Friends of The Brilliant Club event. Our new CEO, Anne-Marie Canning MBE, looks forward to welcoming you for a discussion of how we can support pupils' learning through the challenges due to COVID-19 and an update on the charity’s response. We will also be joined by President of Friends of The Brilliant Club, Michael Slavinsky, and Brilliant Club Ambassadors, who have previously taken part in our programmes. We will be asking key questions about how we can all make a positive difference for young people during this time – we invite you to bring your ideas! Once you have registered your place via this link, we will follow up with the Zoom details which will allow you to join the event.
In this case study, Bristnall Hall Academy's Lead Teacher, Asha, talks about her and her pupils' experience of successfully running The Scholars Programme in school. You can enquire about running the programme in your school by clicking here. To read the full case study, click here or click the photo below.

Researchers in Schools: Subject Specialist Teachers with a PhD

As well as The Scholars Programme, The Brilliant Club runs a teacher training and development programme: Researchers in Schools. This is a tailored route into teaching for PhD graduates who want to teach EBacc subjects, including Maths and Physics, in non-selective state schools in England. We are still looking for placement schools for our 2020 trainees. We work with schools across the country, but are particularly looking for schools in Nottingham, Durham and Liverpool. A few of our amazing candidates include:
  • A Chemist with a PhD from the University of Leicester and an undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Hull. He has worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and wants to train to teach Chemistry in Nottingham.
  • A Physicist with a PhD from the University of Exeter and an undergraduate degree from the University of Birmingham. She has worked as a researcher at the University of Durham. She wants to train to teach Physics in Durham.
  • A Mathematician with a PhD from The University of Liverpool. He is passionate about WP and has worked as part of the Liverpool Scholars Programme. He wants to train to teach Maths in Liverpool.
If you are interested in hosting a Researchers in Schools participant from September, please email Relationship and Development Officer Alice ( or call her on 07394569844.

We are continuing to produce online resources, which can be found here on our website. These resources introduce pupils to university-style study and academic content and are targeted at pupils towards the upper end of primary school and in all years of secondary school and college.

History Masterclass
Can protest be a way to show loyalty?

Do you want to find out more about patriotism in the United States and what countries consider to be important to their identity? This masterclass will explore what it means to be patriotic and how this can change throughout history!

You can watch this here.

Study Skills
Searching for the answer!

This research study skills session will provide some useful tricks of the trade for doing effective online research and explain how to use different functions of academic websites!

You can watch this here.

University of Liverpool
Veterinary School Open Days

The online site includes booths for accommodation and central administration as well as booths for subjects areas. In our veterinary subject booth we have uploaded a number of short videos, and we also have a live chat facility. Additionally, there will a link to a Zoom meeting room, where we will direct applicants during the live chat sessions.

Our first Open Day is on Friday 26th June 2020. This will be repeated up to 10 times to enable all students who want to attend to do so virtually. 

For more information click here.

The Courtauld Institute of Art
 Virtual Open Days

The Courtauld will be holding a series of virtual Undergraduate Open Days over the summer to share more information about The Courtauld, BA History of Art, studying Art History for the first time, and UCAS/personal statements. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions at the end of each event.
22nd July: Studying Art History for the first time
26th August: UCAS & personal statement advice
Find out more and register here.


Cardiff University
Virtual Open Days

Cardiff University’s next Open Day will take place online today (Friday 3rd July)! This Virtual Open Day will be an opportunity for you to experience all that Cardiff University has to offer from the comfort of your home.

Find out more her

Big Bang Digital 2020
Science, engineering & Covid-19

This online event will celebrate the amazing work of scientists and engineers in a pandemic, giving young people a front row view of the contributions of scientists, healthcare professionals, engineers, technicians and students in responding to Covid-19.

For more information, see here.
How to support us

We are grateful for all support towards our work, which helps us to reach thousands of young people across the UK in pursuit of our mission. If you would like to support The Brilliant Club, you can find out about donating to the charity and other ways to help here. 


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