Our Teacher-led innovation projects seek innovative Teachers to work with, encouraging new ideas for education initiatives that ensure children have access to more opportunities to help them succeed at school.


The 2017 Let Teachers SHINE competition has now closed and the winners announced.

We’ve always supported innovative teaching that gets great results and we’re constantly looking for new ideas and fresh approaches. Let Teachers SHINE combines these two priorities into a free competition for great Teachers working in England with students aged up to 18.

10 winning projects are selected each year by a panel of judges from SHINE and our partners TES and Capita SIMS. Each winner receives grants of up to £15,000 from SHINE – making a total potential prize pot of £150,000. Since launching Let Teachers SHINE in 2012, we have invested over £1.6 million into 73 innovative ideas.

For those projects which show demonstrable impact and promise, we provide additional funding in future years to help scale up and replicate these ideas. Click here to read more about some of these projects.

You can also find a list of our 2017 Let Teachers SHINE projects here, and a list of every winning project since the competition’s launch here.

The London Teachers Innovation Fund

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The London Teachers Innovation Fund ran in 2016 for London Teachers to apply for up to £10,000, to work with subject experts from universities, business and subject associations to create teaching strategies and resources to raise the attainment and accelerate the progress of their students. The aims of the fund are to improve the subject knowledge and pedagogy of Teachers; improve students attainment and progress; and make available more resources and tools for Teachers to use in the classroom.

A list of our 2016 London Teachers Innovation Fund projects can be found here.