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.

Thank You

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