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.

If you still have questions, click here to download our FAQs or contact the SHINE team at or call 0208 3931880. For more information about next year’s competition, please complete this form and we’ll be in touch.