Brilliant! Leanne joins the club

CLAHRC NWC PhD student Leanne Male (pictured) has signed up to work with The Brilliant Club, an award-winning charity that exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities.

Founded in 2012 by two classroom teachers, the innovative model of the charity sees the PhD community share its academic expertise with non-selective state school, with individuals working either as part-time tutors or full-time teachers.

Leanne said: “The selection process for becoming a Brilliant Club tutor involved an interview, delivery of a mini lesson and group interview which I did before finding out I had been successful. I am in the process of designing my own course based on my research, but for this term I have been given a pre-designed course to deliver to KS3 pupils so years 7/8. The idea is that the tutorials will challenge them more than they are normally challenged in their classes, and so the course is probably more at GCSE level. I have to also introduce them to skills that will be transferable to university such as analysis, finding information from sources and basic referencing. I have completed some training already which focused on pedagogy, delivery of the course etc.“

Leanne is excited about her work and relishing the chance to share her expertise.

“I have my schools launch event early June, where the pupils I am teaching attend University of Manchester for the day and I deliver my first tutorial. I will then go into school for the following five weeks to deliver two one-hour tutorials to the pupils. I have 12 pupils in total, six in each session. Following this they have to do a final assignment which I mark and grade according to university undergraduate grades (i.e. 1st, 2:1 etc.) Following this they have a graduation event in a different university, so they get to visit and experience two different university settings.

I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for me as a PhD researcher to develop my confidence in teaching skills, as well as my ability to write materials for different audiences. I’m really looking forward to going and delivering my tutorials throughout July 2017.”

Leanne is part of the Managing Complex Needs team of CLAHRC NWC. Her paper Measuring Patient Experience: A Systematic Review to Evaluate Psychometric Properties of Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMs) for Emergency Care Service Provision after presenting with seizures (CAPS) has been published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care.

More articles     Posted on: 25 May 2017