Giving teachers a chance to SHINE

The winners of the Let Teachers SHINE competition, run by the education charity SHINE, were announced at an awards presentation held last week at the Capita SIMS Annual Conference.

Teachers across the country had the opportunity to win a grant worth up to £15,000 to develop their idea to support disadvantaged students in English, maths or science. Since August 2000, SHINE has committed over £22 million to projects, helping more than 100,000 students from over 4,000 schools.

This year’s winners include Gavin Summerfield, assistant headteacher at Heber Primary, who will be helping children learn how to program and tell stories using Nao Robot technology. Older pupils will also learn to program the robot to combine literacy and computing into a series of storytelling lessons.

English teacher Katie Gibson is set to introduce green screen technology in classrooms at Minsthorpe Academy Trust to bring creative writing to life. She plans to improve the literacy and oral skills of every disadvantaged boy in year eight by ‘virtually’ placing students in the situation they are writing about.

The full list of winners are: Gavin Summerfield (Heber Primary, London) – Nao Robotics Story Telling, Heba Al Jayoosi (Mayflower Primary, London) – Sensory integration for all!, Jackie Flaherty (Chipping Campden School, Chipping Camden) – SHINE in Science, Jane Kay (Bolton Wanderers Free School, Bolton) – All Stars Mathematics, Katie Gibson  (Minsthorpe Academy Trust, South Elmsall) – Caught in the Act, Kirsty Graham (Marner Primary, London) – Time to Engage, Marie Hazel (Bridge Learning Campus, Bristol) – Operation FLIP – (Flipped Learning = Impressive Progress), Robert Jackson (Goole High School Academy, Goole) – Maths Covers with Purpose, Seliat Agboola (Sydenham School, London) – The Math Pit and Shane Nolan (Chris the King RC Primary School, Manchester) – Tinker Tailor Robot Pi.

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