SHINE Trust Announces New Funding Competition for Teachers

May 18th, 2012

The SHINE Trust has just announced its new funding scheme to enable teachers to apply for grants to set up "innovative ideas to raise literacy and/or numeracy attainment in disadvantaged students."

The scheme, joint-funded by the Times Educational Supplement, has £150,000 which will be awarded to ten projects, with each project being able to receive up to £15,000. These would be used to cover teaching resources, approaches, techniques and/or programmes.

SHINE also comments "Winning proposals might involve innovative use of technology or superb after-school programmes. They could include unique teaching activities for groups or for individual students. Equally, however, they might be none of these."

Paul Carbury, SHINE's Chief Executive, said: "This is the first in what will become an annual competition for innovative ideas to raise attainment among disadvantaged students, and we're starting off by focusing on the most essential skills – literacy and numeracy."

He continued: "We hope to receive a wide range of ideas. But obviously they need to work on the ground, so we’re looking for proposals that have clearly defined objectives, a sensible and transparent budget, and the potential to be scaled up in future years. What’s more, they must be innovative. We are looking for genuinely fresh thinking."

SHINE (standing for Support and Help in Education) was founded in March 1999. Their mission is to support additional educational initiatives which encourage children and young people to raise their achievement levels. SHINE funds organisations working with underachieving 4-18 year olds from disadvantaged areas in London and Manchester.

For more information on SHINE and Let Teachers SHINE, look at their website by clicking HERE