SHINE believes that all children should have the chance to succeed, irrespective of their background or family income. To this end, we support educational programmes to raise the attainment and aspiration of children from economically deprived areas in England.

Our programmes operate under the following principles:

  • A focus on Teacher and school-led innovation and replicating success.
  • Targeting the core subjects of English, maths and science, supporting the development of both academic and interpersonal skills.
  • Funding projects that support economically disadvantaged children and young people aged 4-16.
  • Working in partnership to extend our reach and impact and to add additional resource to SHINE programmes.
  • Evidencing our impact and being transparent about what works.
  • All projects to be funded on the principle of additionality, whereby we add resources rather than replacing statutory funding.

Underpinning all our work is a focus on funding projects at critical points in a child’s educational life, where progress often begins to stall, and where we have developed specialist knowledge and experience. All projects fall under the following funding areas:

To see the effect of our projects, you can visit our Impact page. A full list of our current projects can be found here.

Funding Opportunities

Our annual Let Teachers SHINE competition, for new, Teacher-led Innovation projects is now open. For more information and to apply for funding, click here.

In the meantime if you have any other questions about what we fund, see our FAQs or get in touch with one of the SHINE team by emailing or call 0208 3931880.