The 2016 Let Teachers SHINE application stage has now closed.
However, if you’d like to be kept informed about next year’s competition, please complete this form and we’ll be in touch.
About Let Teachers SHINE
Have you got a brilliant idea for teaching disadvantaged young people English, maths or science? If so, you could win up to £15,000 to show us that it works.
We’ve always supported innovative teaching that gets great results and we’re constantly looking for new ideas and fresh approaches. Let Teachers SHINE combines these two priorities into a free competition for great teachers working in England with students aged up to 18.
10 winning projects are selected each year by a panel of judges from SHINE, TES and our corporate supporter: Capita SIMS. Each winner will receive up to £15,000 from SHINE – making a total potential prize pot of £150,000.
We provide additional funding in future years to help scale up and replicate the most successful projects.
What are we looking for?
We are interested in opening all possible avenues. Successful ideas might involve superb after-school programmes or innovative use of technology. They could work with whole classes, small groups or individuals. Recent pilots have included peer tutoring, story-based orienteering using tablets, and using sport for kinesthetic learning.
However, our winners will have some common characteristics:
- Clear objectives – what exactly is your idea, what do you hope to achieve, who are you targeting, and how will you show us that it works? We’re looking for measurable, meaningful impact.
- A sensible, transparent budget – why do you need the money? For example, do you need to pay teachers, rent facilities and/or produce resources? We want to know.
- The potential for expansion – we’re looking for projects that we can scale up. If you win and your pilot year is really successful, we’ll be very interested in continuing our support so that you can expand what you can do and help even more students.
- Innovation – we’re only interested in genuinely new ideas and fresh approaches. Surprise us.
- Target disadvantage – it must benefit disadvantaged students educational achievement in literacy, numeracy and/or science.
- The 2016 competition closed for applications at midnight on the 17th April.
- The first interviews will take place on Saturday 7th, and between Monday 9th and Wednesday 11th of May 2016.
- Successful applicants will be informed by the end of May 2016.
If you’d like to keep informed about next year’s Let Teachers SHINE competition, complete this form and we’ll be in touch.
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- We have often witnessed ourselves how great teachers with new ideas can transform students and produce amazing results……Let Teachers SHINE exists to give truly innovative ideas the support they need to make a real difference to students’ attainment.
Paul Carbury, SHINE Chief ExecutiveTES is delighted to support SHINE in empowering teachers to develop and progress their craft……Every teacher has great ideas and this funding ensures those ideas can be shared to benefit all.
Jon Severs, Commissioning Editor, TESWe’re proud to be supporting SHINE in helping to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children, a goal which is very close to the heart of TES….… Let Teachers SHINE provides a real opportunity for inspiring teachers to improve the lives of young people.
Phil Neal, Managing Director, Capita SIMSWe’re excited to be sponsoring Let Teachers SHINE. Having worked with teachers for over 135 years we feel proud to be part of an initiative……which allows them to bring their ideas to life, and keeps the needs of disadvantaged pupils at the heart of its efforts.
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