At SHINE, we believe that education should be life’s great opportunity – the time when every child’s talents and potential can be recognised and then realised, regardless of their background.

But too many times, for too many children, this is not the case. In fact, statistics show that outcomes at school are strongly correlated with incomes at home. For example, children from lower income homes are almost twice as likely to leave primary school with lower than expected English and maths, compared to their wealthier peers. They’re then much more likely to fall short in their GCSE’s: closing off options, cutting dreams short and costing our economy and society dearly.

In response, SHINE develops and supports programmes to help level the playing field. Our programmes fall into three main strands:

  • Teacher-led innovation: We fund some of the brightest minds in teaching to develop big new ideas to improve student outcomes. First, we identify early stage projects through Let Teachers SHINE, and then, we provide further funding and support to the most promising approaches to scale up their projects. In 2016, we launched the London Teachers Innovation Fund, which is supported by the Mayor of London.
  • SHINE’s Saturday programmes: We provide high quality programmes on Saturdays at both primary and secondary school to help students who need extra support with literacy and numeracy. We also support a unique partnership between independent and state schools for academically able children who may need an extra push to achieve their best.
  • School-based partnerships: We invest in a number of projects that have been developed in partnership with schools. Examples include our primary science programme, SHINELabs, and Student leaders, a peer mentoring programme currently running in Manchester.

SHINE in brief:

  • SHINE: Support and Help in Education was founded in March 1999 to help disadvantaged children and teenagers in England improve their academic performance.
  • We support innovative, Teacher-led and school-based programmes that complement and supplement the school curriculum, for the benefit of children aged 4 –18.
  • For the Saturday programmes, we tend to target areas of deprivation in London and Manchester. Our Teacher-led innovation projects are spread all around England.
  • We rigorously evaluate the projects we fund to ensure the most effective intervention into young lives and the best possible value for money.
  • We invest time in identifying areas where we can make a difference and finding out what works (and why). This helps us to replicate our most successful projects elsewhere, enabling many more children to benefit from tried and tested techniques.
  • At the same time, we continue to seek out new and innovative projects to fund.
  • Because SHINE’s trustees cover all our annual operating costs, every penny we receive from our supporters reaches the projects we fund.
  • Since August 2000, SHINE has invested over £25 million into projects which has created opportunities for 400,000 children from more than 6,000 schools to achieve their potential.

Find out more about how we work, or read our annual accounts, and other corporate information.