The Let Teachers SHINE competition provides funding to teachers who have identified new ways to raise educational attainment for children from low income homes. 

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

The 2018 Let Teachers SHINE competition will be launching soon!

Key dates for the competition in 2018 are:

  • Competition launch: Friday 23rd February
  • Competition deadline: Tuesday 17th April
  • Interviews: w/c 8th May
  • Judging Panel/s: 12th June in London and 14th or 15th June in Manchester

10 winning projects are selected each year by a panel of judges from SHINE and our partner the Times Educational Supplement. 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 projects that 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


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.