We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been joined in our mission to tackle the attainment gap in the North of England by nine new SHINE Patrons:

  • Sir Howard Bernstein, former Chief Executive of Manchester City Council
  • Professor Gavin Brown, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Chris Day, Vice Chancellor, Newcastle University
  • Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Sir Alan Langlands, Vice Chancellor, University of Leeds
  • Professor Susan Lea, Vice Chancellor, University of Hull
  • Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, Vice Chancellor, University of Manchester
  • Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England
  • George Osborne as Chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership

We are so proud to see such an esteemed group of people from across education and business lending their talents to support our vision for education across the Northern Powerhouse.

Explaining why he has become a Patron of SHINE, George Osborne said: “SHINE has played a part in helping London schools to innovate and be the success stories that they are. By supporting SHINE, you can help to replicate this work in the North.”

Sir Alan Langlands said: “Every child should be given a fair chance to succeed at school and go on to realise their full potential in later life. Sadly, for a lot of children, this is not currently the case. I am proud to support SHINE in its bold new vision for the North, and I would urge others to fully support the charity in any way that you can.”

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell said: “In recent years, there has been much written about the educational success of London relative to other parts of the country. SHINE has a strong track record in raising attainment and aspirations, and I look forward to seeing this impact replicated across the North of England.”

Sir Howard Bernstein said: “Access to a good education is a basic right and one of the foundations of our society. Today’s socioeconomic challenges are compounding the problems our nation faces in ensuring that children and teenagers have equal access to a good education and the best possible start in life. I’ve seen first-hand the positive impact of SHINE’s work across the country and, as a Patron, I am committed to supporting the charity to tackle these challenges head-on across the North of England.”

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