Local MP Jon Cruddas visited Year 12 pupils at Robert Clack School last month to hear about their progress as part of The Scholars Programme – a prestigious national scheme which gives school pupils an opportunity to experience university-style learning.

The programme recruits, trains and places PhD researchers in non-selective state schools to deliver university-style tutorials based on their own research to small groups of pupils. The pupils Jon Cruddas met with were studying a course entitled ‘What Can Animals Teach Us About the Human Brain' and Dustin Neighbours, ‘The Tudor Progress' with their tutor Robert Ellingford from King's College London.

As part of the programme, the pupils will also visit two highly-selective universities, where they receive information, advice and guidance about university life and making a successful university application.

The Scholars Programme is run by The Brilliant Club, an award-winning charity whose aim is to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities.

Jon Cruddas MP said: "It was great to visit Robert Clack School last month, and meet with pupils taking part in The Scholars Programme. I was impressed at how engaged they were with such complex and challenging academic topics.

"The engagement from pupils at Robert Clack goes to show what our young people in Dagenham and Rainham can achieve if we give them the opportunity. I wish the pupils all the best for their future, and I am encouraging more schools in the constituency to sign up to the programme to give their pupils the same opportunities."

If you are interested in learning more about the programme, please contact Steph Hamilton at The Brilliant Club by calling 0207 939 1948 or emailing steph.hamilton@thebrilliantclub.org