Last year was an exceptional year for us here at SHINE. We’d like to take a moment to thank all our supporters, partners Teachers, and project leaders who made it possible for over 20,000 children to have access to SHINE programmes in schools, and a further 160,000 children online. Thanks to the transformative scalability of technology, we reached more children in the last year than in the previous 10 years combined.
Teachers Lead A Year Of Innovation
Let Teachers SHINE is an annual competition we run in partnership with Capita SIMS and Tes, seeking to support innovative Teachers. In the 2015-16 academic year, we invested £350,000 into 15 excellent Teachers through this programme. One of our partner Teachers, Bruno Reddy, reached an incredible 80,000 students with his Times Tables Rock Stars project. Bruno’s online resource encourages students to learn and practice their times tables in a fun and engaging way, with a competition element built into the tool.
Following the success of Let Teachers SHINE in 2015-16, we have increased the number of Teachers we are supporting this year. To find out more about these projects, you can have a look at the 2016 winners announcement. Alternatively, have a look at Gavin Summerfield’s project for a great example of how robotics and coding can be used to improve children’s literacy.
Impact At Weekends
SHINE’s Saturday programmes are designed to bridge the attainment gap for children who may lack educational support at home. Last year, more than 450 talented students had the opportunity to attend Serious Fun on Saturday. In this programme, independent schools open their doors so that students from state schools have access to their first-class facilities and resources to enrich and extend their learning.
“The impact of the programme is significant and will be long lasting. It is singularly the most successful partnership our school has to engaged in.” – Vanessa Langley, Head Teacher, Arbouthorne & Gleadless School Federation
We have also supported 40 SHINE on Saturday and SHINE in Secondaries projects, benefiting almost 2,000 children and young people. Across all these projects, 75% of students made expected progress or better in maths and English – students like Danny.
We have recently worked with Pro Bono Economics to explore the feasibility of an economic analysis for SHINE on Saturday. You can read more about this report here.
Power In Partnership
Last year saw the launch of our exciting new programme SHINELabs. In partnership with The Ogden Trust and the Primary Science Teaching Trust, we created SHINELabs to turn ordinary classrooms into inspiring science learning environments, full of exciting resources and equipment. We back this up with high quality training and Teacher support. In this first year, we launched SHINELabs in six schools, providing state-of-the-art resources and expert training to 30 Teachers. 98% of those students who attended made expected progress or better in science.
Another school based partnership that produced great results last year was Student Leaders, a peer mentoring programme that uses high ability students in Years 10 and 11 to tutor Year 7 pupils who are struggling in maths, such as Jade. Last year 80% of the Year 7 students who took part in the programme achieved expected or better in maths.
We’re very grateful to every one of our supporters and project staff that make SHINE programmes possible. Thank you once again for the support you’ve given to make this transformation possible. To stay up to date with the impact SHINE is having on young people’s lives, you can sign up to our newsletter here.
“SHINE has been the most fulfilling experience that I have had as an educator in 30 years of my career.” – SHINE Project Manager
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- In 2015, 33% of pupils who qualified for Free School Meals got 5 good GCSEs, compared with 61% of their wealthier peers
Government statistics, 2016By the age of 5, children from lower income homes have a vocabulary almost one year behind that of their wealthier peers.
The Sutton Trust, 2010There are 3.7 million children living in poverty in the UK today. That's more than a quarter of all children.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation report: Monitoring poverty and social exclusion, 2016Children who grow up in poverty are four times as likely to become poor adults, becoming the parents of the next generation of children living in poverty.
Child Poverty Action Group, 2012Every year, around 1 in 3 children on free school meals leave primary school with poor standards of maths and English - around twice the national average.
National Statistics, 2010Since August 2000, SHINE has invested more than £24.5 million in projects helping more than 280,000 children from 5,000 schools.What People Say
- Read Manchester
- “I’ve stopped receiving those difficult phone calls from school.”
Parent“They have really helped me to know what to focus on and what I need to do to get to where I want to be.”
Student, Serious Fun on Saturday "I love using the SHINELab - it makes lessons fun and we get to wear lab coats and do investigations!"
Student, SHINELabs @ Kingswood“My daughter has become a more confident and hardworking student. She has more passion to do something big with her life.”
Parent, Serious Fun on Saturday“Fantastic scheme! My son’s been significantly more confident of achieving A*-C throughout his GCSEs this year… you really have made a difference.”
Parent“This has been a truly magical experience for our children and it will stay with them forever.”
English Lead, John Heron School, Newham, Punchdrunk“I have seen a marked improvement in her behaviour since starting SHINE.”
Parent, Serious Fun on Saturday @ Central Newcastle High School"The SHINELab has made me even more enthusiastic about teaching science and has raised my confidence and has given me new ideas because of the extra resources."
Teacher, SHINELabs @ Wellington“We have one hundred percent attendance most weekends at SHINE. If asked why they always attend, many students will say that Saturday school is better than being at home."
Project Manager, SiS @ St. Aloysius CollegeWhat People Say
- Jade's StoryStudent Leaders