Kleinwort Hambros and The Brilliant Club partner to deliver an educational course to students across the UK


The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on young people’s education and development. School closures and the difficulties of home schooling means that there is a risk that students from underprivileged backgrounds are left behind. Against this challenging backdrop, we are proud to announce a new partnership with The Brilliant Club, a UK charity which aims to widen access to highly-selective universities for young students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Together we have co-designed an educational course on economics and finance for pupils aged 11-13, asking ‘What is Money?’ The course will explore the fundamental principles of money, its value, how it has evolved and continues to evolve. Students will also be introduced to principles to help them to manage their own finances. Equipping students with written communication and critical thinking skills encourages academic achievement and university readiness.

The ‘What is Money?’ course will be delivered as part of The Brilliant Club’s Scholars Programme, whereby PhD tutors present university-style tutorials and an academic assignment to state school students. Students who take part in The Scholars Programme are almost twice as likely to progress to a highly-selective university. (1)

Paul Kearns, Head of Banking and Credit Solutions, co-designed the course. “Covid-19 has accentuated the gaps that exist within education and may even impact young people’s future careers. By sharing our knowledge and passion within local communities, we are helping to close this gap and inspire students through education.”

As a leading responsible bank, we seek to pave the way for the next generation of colleagues, clients and thought-leaders. Our partnership with The Brilliant Club forms part of Kleinwort Hambros’ commitment to making higher-level learning more accessible, supporting each student to realise their full potential.

(1) Source: UCAS Evaluation, 2019