The Brilliant Club
role. PhD Tutor
date. June 2018 - February 2020
location. South Wales
The Brilliant Club is a charity promoting fair access to highly-selective universities by placing PhD students and Post-Docs into non-selective state schools. As an Advanced Skills PhD Tutor, I developed a Key Stage 4 course based on my PhD research into British Hip Hop dance theatre which allowed pupils to discuss Hip Hop's history and potential as political resistance, which was delivered to schools in Wales throughout 2019. One of my students' final assignments was subsequently published in "The Scholar", which is The Brilliant Club's academic journal of outstanding pupils' work.
For the Autumn 2019 term, I developed another course, which responded to the shift in my PhD research, and focused on feminist theories applied to the performance works of British female choreographers redefining femininity and womanhood. This course was designed for Key Stage 5 students.
I also taught courses in History of Art (KS2) and Literary Theory (KS3) during the summer 2019 term.
My involvement with The Brilliant Club also required a series of ongoing professional development opportunities. Whilst working with them, I have undertaken training in the following areas:
Developing courses in sensitive subjects
Developing students’ critical thinking
Widening University participation
Teaching at Key Stage 2
Getting students' talking constructively
Cognitive load pedagogy