Last week, pupils at Wilberforce Primary enjoyed a special visit to SOAS University of London, where they were honoured at a graduation ceremony for completing The Brilliant Club’s The Scholars Programme.
The Scholars Programme is an initiative run by charity The Brilliant Club that places PhD researchers in state schools across the UK, to help pupils from under-represented backgrounds develop the knowledge, skills and ambitions they need to access top universities. Over the course of a term, pupils work with their tutor to complete an exciting university-style module and 1000-word final assignment. They then get the chance to visit two universities for themselves.
At Wilberforce Primary, twelve pupils in Years 5 and 6 participated in the programme working closely with PhD tutor Umza Jaffray from King’s College, London to produce their assignments on ‘The Chemistry of the Cupcake’. Last week’s graduation ceremony at SOAS University of London was a chance for the pupils to celebrate all of their hard work and reflect on their outstanding essays – all of which were graded at a level expected of pupils in Years 7-10.
Through the programme, the pupils were given the unique opportunity to experience what learning at university is like and develop their reading, writing and communication skills in the process. At the start of term, the pupils went on a special visit to King’s College where they listened to university lectures, took part in tutorials and toured the grounds and facilities. In school, Umza then delivered a number of interesting and educational university-style seminars to the pupils, who strengthened their independent learning skills through several homework tasks.
Encouraging pupils to make the most of opportunities like The Scholars Programme is what it means to deliver an Education with Character at Wilberforce Primary.
Year 5 teacher Annabelle Clarke said:
"This is an excellent example of children being exposed to learning beyond the national curriculum. All of the children rose to the challenge and worked with determination and ambition to do their best."