The Brilliant Club expects a lot from the PhD researchers who work with them. We are required to design a 5 week course and produce a supporting handbook based on our own research. This course is taught to two groups of 6 S2 pupils (13/14yo). A mandatory training weekend in Sheffield gathered all of the PhD researchers in the North of England and Scotland and equipped us with the tools required to successfully disseminate our research to willing 13 year olds!
The training weekend was run in the style of a school with lessons in classrooms and electives to take. Some of the themes covered were:
- Pedagogy – How to ask questions
- Why do children from lower income households and state funded schools have a significantly lower incidence of attending highly selective Universities then their privately educated counterparts?
- Pedagogy – How to successfully enable useful discussion between peers
- How to design a course
- How to encourage pupils to participate
After the training weekend, we were given a couple of weeks to produce and submit our course handbooks to them for printing and binding. Tutorials started a few weeks after that.”
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