“At SHINE, we believe that education should be life’s great opportunity – the time when every child’s talents and potential can be recognised and then realised, regardless of their background.
But too many times, for too many children, this is not the case. In fact, statistics show that outcomes at school are strongly correlated with incomes at home. For example, children from lower income homes are almost twice as likely to leave primary school with lower than expected English and maths, compared to their wealthier peers. They’re then much more likely to fall short in their GCSEs: closing off options, cutting dreams short and costing our economy and society dearly.
In response, SHINE develops and supports programmes to help level the playing field.
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 were to:
- Improve the subject knowledge and pedagogy of Teachers
- Improve students attainment and progress
- Make available more resources and tools for Teachers to use in the classroom.
The London Teachers Innovation Fund was particularly interested in supporting Teachers in:
- English and literacy: To increase attainment from early years to Key Stage 5
- Maths and numeracy: To increase attainment from early years to Key Stage 5
- Science, technology, engineering and maths: To increase attainment from early years to Key Stage 5 and increase the number of students taking separate GCSE and A–Level sciences: biology, chemistry, physics plus other STEM subjects including computer science
- Modern foreign and ancient languages: To increase attainment from early years to Key Stage 5 and to improve results and numbers of students taking GCSE and A–Level modern foreign and ancient languages.
SHINE in brief:
- SHINE: Support and Help in Education was founded in March 1999 to help disadvantaged children and teenagers in England improve their academic performance
- We support innovative, teacher-led and school-based programmes that complement and supplement the school curriculum, for the benefit of children aged 4 –18
- We rigorously evaluate the projects we fund to ensure the most effective intervention into young lives and the best possible value for money
- We invest time in identifying areas where we can make a difference and finding out what works and why. This helps us to replicate our most successful projects elsewhere, enabling many more children to benefit from tried and tested techniques
- At the same time, we continue to seek out new and innovative projects to fund
- Because SHINE’s trustees cover all our annual operating costs, every penny we receive from our supporters reaches the projects we fund
- Since August 2000, SHINE has invested over £25 million into projects which has created opportunities for 400,000 children from more than 6,000 schools to achieve their potential”