Scholars Programme

Keith Simpson MP with pupils from Taverham Junior School, who are participating in The Scholars Programme
9th July 2018
Local MP Keith Simpson visited Year 5 and 6 pupils at Taverham Junior School this week to hear about their progress as part of The Scholars Programme – a prestigious national scheme which gives school pupils an opportunity to experience university-style learning.
The programme recruits, trains and places PhD researchers in non-selective state schools to deliver university-style tutorials based on their own research to small groups of pupils. The pupils Keith Simpson met with today are studying a course entitled History - Poverty and Progress with their tutor Sam Foster from University of East Anglia.
As part of the programme, the pupils will also visit two highly-selective universities, where they receive information, advice and guidance about university life and making a successful university application.
The Scholars Programme is run by The Brilliant Club, an award-winning charity whose aim is increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities. An independent evaluation by the Universities and Colleges Application Services (UCAS) showed that nearly sixty percent of pupils who complete the programme go on to attend a highly-selective university. For pupils on the programme who were eligible for free school meals, 58% progressed to a highly-selective university, compared to a national rate of 11%.
Keith Simpson said:
“It was great to visit Taverham Junior School today, and meet pupils taking part in The Scholars Programme. I was very impressed at how they engaged with such a complex and challenging academic topic. It just goes to show what young people from Broadland can achieve if we give them the opportunity. I wish the pupils the very best for the future, and I encourage more schools to give their pupils the chance to benefit from this programme”.
Paul Stanley, Headteacher said:
“It was great to meet Keith Simpson and for the children to have an opportunity to talk about the Scholars Programme and share their experiences and achievements. This is the third cohort of our pupils to complete the programme and every time I have been impressed with how stimulating and challenging it is for them. The tutorials and launch visits to Cambridge University have been particularly interesting and inspiring for the children, many of whom I hope will now aspire to go to one of the country’s top universities.”
Dr Chris Wilson, CEO of The Brilliant Club said:
“In Britain today, there’s an entrenched link between a young person’s background and their chance of education success. The Scholars Programme helps pupils develop the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfil their academic potential and secure places at highly-selective universities. We’re really grateful to Keith Simpson for taking time to come and see the great work that our PhD tutors and partner schools are doing, and the amazing things pupils are achieving.”
Photo: Keith Simpson MP with pupils from Taverham Junior School, who are participating in The Scholars Programme.
Keith Simpson MP with pupils from Taverham Junior School, who are participating in The Scholars Programme

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