The Brilliant Club
Researchers in Schools is delivered by The Brilliant Club, an award-winning charity, in partnership with schools and initial teacher education (ITE) providers across England. The charity’s mission is to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds that progress to highly selective universities.
The RIS Programme offers a tailored route into teaching exclusively for PhD graduates. It is specifically designed to utilise their academic expertise to the benefit of pupils, schools and universities.
The programme is designed to run over three years, with participants achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in their first year and completing their Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year in year two. Participants are supported to become excellent new teachers and research leaders, and have access to research associate status at a selective university. Read our latest annual report here or read out case studies.
The RIS Programme is designed to ensure that trainees are well equipped to deploy their knowledge and skills to the benefit of pupils, schools and universities in three important ways:
To champion university access
To increase subject expertise
To promote research
“Researchers in Schools is uniquely placed to address some of the most pressing issues in British schools."
Minister of State for School Standards
The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP
"I love being a teacher because it allows me to inspire young adults and pass on my passion for science to them. As a Researcher in Schools participant I am able to keep my own research ongoing, keeping myself updated and nurturing my own passion for the subject.”
Dr Riccardo Porcari
2015 Chemistry Participant
“This afternoon I got an email saying that I have been accepted into the LSE programme! I am so excited and wanted to say a huge thank you as I know that I couldn’t have done it without your endless support and help.”
Year 13 pupil
"I wanted to join RIS as I grew up in under-privileged circumstances and the people that strongly influenced me were the enthusiastic and passionate teachers that made science come to life for me. This experience is allowing me to help pupils realise their full potential and I can bring cutting-edge research and opportunities into the classroom."
Dr Alice Len
2016 Physics Participant
“I saw this as an opportunity to get science teachers with excellent subject knowledge and experience of the ‘outside world’. It is really useful to have this vast knowledge of university standard learning that they bring to our students, and to our teachers. I would highly recommend any school taking on Researchers in Schools participants.”
Head of Science, The Streetly Academy
“[Researchers in Schools Participants] have all brought invaluable high level understanding of their subject disciplines that they have been sharing with pupils both in lessons, extra-curricular activities, and with colleagues. Schools are fortunate indeed to have such valuable sources of inspiration for pupils' higher levels of learning and aspirations for higher education.”
Chiltern Training Group