Who is Researchers in Schools run by?

Researchers in Schools is delivered by The Brilliant Club, an award-winning charity that exists to widen access to highly-selective universities for pupils from under-represented backgrounds. We recruit, train and place PhD researchers as part-time tutors and full-time teachers in non-selective state schools. Through Researchers in Schools, PhD graduates become highly-effective classroom teachers, champions for university access and future subject leaders in the education sector.

What makes Researchers in Schools unique?

Researchers in Schools is the UK’s only teacher training programme exclusively tailored for PhD researchers, and its unique structure supports trainees wanting to maintain an academic profile. It aims to increase subject expertise, promote research and champion university access within schools by supporting PhD graduates to become excellent teachers and research leaders, who are committed to closing the gap in attainment and university access.

How can I find out more?

We host campus events and webinars to share information, and you can find out more about these here. You can also email hello@researchersinschools.org or give us a call on 0207 939 1947.

Why do we only work with those who have a doctorate?

We believe the research community can play a key role in increasing the number of under-represented pupils who apply for highly-selective universities. There is also a need for subject specialists in non-selective state schools in England and we believe that researchers are perfectly positioned to disseminate subject expertise within the classroom. We believe that many PhD graduates have the skills to become effective classroom teachers as a result of previous experiences of teaching at university and managing varied and demanding projects throughout their studies, equipping them with the foundational skills needed for working in a busy school environment.

If you don’t have a PhD, please take a look at the Get Into Teaching website which offers comprehensive information on the various routes into teaching.

Who do we work with to deliver the programme?

Researchers in Schools works with Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Providers and schools across the country to recruit participants and deliver the programme. We also work with various other institutions who support participants and schools with research and curriculum development opportunities.

How is Researchers in Schools funded?

Researchers in Schools is funded by a number of organisations: The Brilliant Club, the Department for Education (DfE) and schools. The DfE provide funding both through the normal School Direct mechanisms and specific funding to The Brilliant Club to deliver the Maths and Physics Chairs Programme. Placement schools also contribute to the costs of delivering our tailored training to their teachers. As well as this, our partner universities also make significant, in-kind contributions.