Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Natalie Lamb and The Brilliant Club- What to Expect on a Training Weekend

I am now going into my second term being a Brilliant Club Tutor. I am officially what is known as a "returner" and so have been looking back on my training weekends so far and doing a bit of reflection. One thing I would have liked to know more about before attending my first training weekend was what a rough timetable may look like. The below are my timetables from the two previous weekends that I have attended. But first, some tips!

  • Prepare to be tired! Try not to book much work in the Monday after the weekend. It is jam-packed, you will learn a lot and you should try and get a bit of rest, if you can
  • The Brilliant Club may pay for you to have a hotel for the night if you live far from the location of the weekend. Keep an eye on your emails and reply asap, filling out the form
  • When you apply for accommodation, do not expect to hear back right away. You may need to wait to book your transport until you hear back about having a hotel. If you are getting concerned and have not heard anything, email someone
  • If you do have a hotel, for me so far, it has been a double bed in a Travelodge/Premier Inn. There has been no room sharing with me. There is sometimes confusion on check in though! Also, pay attention to your emails because tutors are put in different hotels- you are unlikely to be in the same one as everyone
  • Travel is refunded from The Brilliant Club but travel within that specific city is not e.g. tube, tram etc. Sometimes the location of the course, the social and the accommodation is quite far away  
  • Speak to people, make the most of it, share Facebooks with each other, tweet about the event and enjoy it!


Saturday 6th May 2017 at Birley Community College (Sheffield)

New PhD Tutors
9:45-10:15 Registration
10:15-10:35 Cluster Welcome- Meet your Programme Officer
11:35-11:50 Break
11:50-12:10 Child Protection Training
12:10-1:15 Core Pedagogy- Concept Mapping
1:15-2:15 Lunch
2:15-3:15 Welcome and Keynote
3:15-4:45 Core Pedagogy- Designing my Assessment (KS4/5) or Key Stage Assessment (KS2/3)
4:45-5 Break
5-5:30 Plenary- Cluster Groups
5:30 Close and Social (Old Queen's Head, S12BG)

Returning PhD Tutors (who have not designed their own course before)
1:15-2:15 Lunch
2:15-3:15 Welcome and Keynote
3:15-4:45 Core Pedagogy- Designing my Assessment (KS4/5) or Key Stage Assessment (KS2/3)
4:45-5 Break
5-5:30 Plenary- Cluster Groups
5:30 Close and Social (Old Queen's Head, S12BG)

Returning PhD Tutors (who have designed their own course before)
Did not attend


Sunday 7th May 2017 at Birley Community College (Sheffield)

New Courses
10:15-10:30 Registration
10:30-11 Learning Circles- Clusters
11-12:30 Course Design and Deliberate Practice
12:30-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2 Elective 1
2:10-2:55 Elective 2
3:05-3:35 Plenary- Cluster Groups
3:35-4:15 Group Photo and Goodbye Presentation

Predesigned Courses
10:15-10:30 Registration
10:30-11 Learning Circles- Clusters
11-12:30 Delivering a Predesigned Programme
12:30-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2 Elective 1
2:10-2:55 Elective 2
3:05-3:35 Plenary- Cluster Groups
3:35-4:15 Group Photo and Goodbye Presentation

Returning Tutors
10:15-10:30 Registration
10:30-11 Learning Circles- Clusters
11-12:30 AST Strand
12:30-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2 Elective 1
2:10-2:55 Elective 2
3:05-3:35 Plenary- Cluster Groups
3:35-4:15 Group Photo and Goodbye Presentation



Saturday 9th September 2017 at Hammersmith Academy (London)

New PhD Tutors
9:45-10:15 Registration
10:15-10:35 Cluster Welcome- Meet your Programme Officer
11:35-11:50 Break
11:50-12:10 Child Protection Training
12:10-1:15 Core Pedagogy- Tutorial Planning
1:15-2:15 Lunch
2:15-3:15 Welcome and Keynote
3:15-4:45 Core Pedagogy- Key Stage Assessment
4:45-5 Break
5-5:30 Plenary- Cluster Groups
5:30 Close and Social (Askew Pub and Kitchen, W129DS)

Returning PhD Tutors (who have not designed their own course before)
1:15-2:15 Lunch
2:15-3:15 Welcome and Keynote
3:15-4:45 Core Pedagogy- Key Stage Assessment
4:45-5 Break
5-5:30 Plenary- Cluster Groups
5:30 Close and Social (Askew Pub and Kitchen, W129DS)

Returning PhD Tutors (who have designed their own course before)
Did not attend


Sunday 10th September 2017 at Hammersmith Academy (London)

New Courses
10:15-10:30 Registration
10:30-11 Learning Circles- Clusters
11-12:30 Giving Feedback and Deliberate Practice
12:30-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2 Elective 1
2:10-2:55 Elective 2
3:05-3:40 Plenary- Cluster Groups
3:45-4 Group Photo and Goodbye Presentation

Repeated Courses
10:15-10:30 Registration
10:30-11 Learning Circles- Clusters
11-12:30 Feedback and Programme Developments
12:30-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2 Elective 1
2:10-2:55 Elective 2
3:05-3:40 Plenary- Cluster Groups
3:45-4 Group Photo and Goodbye Presentation

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