SHINE believe that all children should have the chance to succeed irrespective of their background and family income. They work with teachers and schools on the frontline of education, to level the playing field and help disadvantaged children gain the education they need to succeed at school and beyond.
As they also recognise that teachers have a crucial role to play in coming up with innovative practice that will make a difference to educational outcomes they have formed two competitions, helping teachers turn their dreams of changing these children’s education into a reality. These are:
Let Teachers SHINE
Since SHINE created Let Teachers SHINE in 2012, it has helped teachers expand their education projects, providing grants of £15,000 to the competition’s winners. To date they have invested over £1 million, supporting 44 teachers, and every one of them has changing children’s learning for the better.
Let Teachers SHINE winner Colin Hegarty has uploaded over one thousand maths tuition videos online, aimed at secondary school pupils and freely available for anyone to use. Collectively they have around six million views, and have earned him the Pearson Teaching Award and a place in the top ten finalists for the Global Teacher Awards. Whilst Claire Vowell has used her grant to harness the power of technology to make all areas of the school a living story, helping students escape the confines of the classroom on a ‘quest’ for stories. Her GPS lead treasure hunt comes to life as the children walk around the landscape, a new story being unlocked at every location, with real magic and excitement at their core.
London Teachers Innovation Fund
The London Teachers Innovation Fund is open for any London teachers to apply for up to £10,000, to work with subject experts from universities, business and subject associations to create teaching strategies and resources to raise the attainment and accelerate the progress of their students.
Supported by the Mayor of London the fund looks for candidates that aim to improve the subject knowledge and pedagogy of teachers, whilst improving students’ attainment and progress. The fund also works to make available more resources and tools for teachers to use in the classroom.
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