Funding for Projects that Raise the Attainment of Disadvantaged School Students – 11th January 2021 (North of England)

The Shine Trust which funds projects that help disadvantaged young people to realise their academic potential, has announced that the Let Teachers SHINE competition is now open for applications.  The competition aims to find the country’s best teachers and some fresh, imaginative and practical ways to raise attainment among disadvantaged students in literacy, numeracy and/or science. Grants of up to £25,000 over two years are available to teachers who have brilliant ideas to help disadvantaged children in the North of England to succeed in English, Maths or Science.

The Shine Trust is making £150,000 available to invest in early stage ideas, and will be looking to award up to 10 new grants dependant on grant size.

As well as funding, SHINE offers winning teachers’ free access to a broad range of development workshops and coaching opportunities – helping teachers to get the best out of their ideas.

The competition is free to enter and open to any teacher working in England with students aged up to 18. Successful ideas might involve after-school programmes or innovative use of technology; etc.

Previous winners included:

Amy Hanna: Ark Academy, London for the Miss Hanna Loves Grammar project working with students from year 7 and 8, the large majority of whom have a reading age below their peers. Amy created 150 engaging and age-appropriate YouTube videos, covering basic grammar rules.

Andrew Otty: Exeter College, Exeter for Andrew’s Write On! project aiming to produce a bespoke English curriculum for post-16 GCSE learners with very low prior attainment.

Elizabeth Hope: Children’s Hospital School, Leicester to develop Science at the Bedside, a comprehensive set of teaching resources for specialist and non-specialist staff, both at her own hospital and others around the country. These resources will enable children of all key stages and abilities to have access to practical, stimulating and engaging science lessons whilst in hospital.

The closing date for applications is midnight on the 11th January 2021.

 Useful Links:

Previous Winners

Application Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

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