You know that brilliant idea you’ve had to help your pupils…?

SHINE in action

SHINE in action

Teachers can win one of ten £15,000 grants

Every teacher has had a great idea that they just know will help pupils achieve more if they only had the opportunity to develop it. Well, now they can with the Let Teachers SHINE competition.

The competition, supported by Capita SIMS, is run by SHINE, the education charity (Support and Help in Education), and designed to uncover the best ideas to raise the achievement of disadvantaged children in England.

Teachers can win one of ten grants worth up to £15,000 each to develop their idea and examine the impact it has on pupils. The most effective ideas also have the opportunity to be extended and rolled out to more schools in disadvantaged communities.

Phil Neal, managing director of Capita SIMS, explains:  “Teachers come into this profession to make a difference and Let Teachers SHINE gives them a real opportunity to do that. The competition is a fantastic way to help transform learning for students who need it most.”

“Our staff are very excited about being involved with such a worthwhile cause.”

One past winner is Colin Hegarty who works at Preston Manor School in Brent. Colin used the money to pilot the use of iPads in the classroom, as well as launch his own website which hosts his personally made in depth maths tutorial videos at

Paul Carbury, CEO of SHINE says “At SHINE we are committed to raising the achievement of all children irrespective of their background or family income. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Capita SIMS on Let Teachers SHINE, as their goals very much match our own. Together we can help more students succeed.”

Paul continues “We are looking forward to seeing a wide variety of ideas this year, as in previous years. One of the most innovative from 2013 was John Hayes’ idea from The East Manchester Academy in Beswick. John’s winning concept has led to students now being able to design and launch an e-tutoring app to enable peer-to-peer tutoring online.”

To qualify, teachers must show that they have an idea or initiative that will help disadvantaged students raise their achievement levels in maths, English or science.

The competition is free to enter and runs from Friday 28th February to Sunday 27th April 2014. The participants will be shortlisted before undertaking a series of interviews. Ten grants of up to £15,000 will then be awarded in June 2014, with a view to the projects running a year-long pilot in 2014-2015. There is also the possibility of further funding being awarded for the most successful schemes.

More information can be found at