Teachers offered £25,000 to develop innovative ideas

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

Grants of £25,000 are on offer for teachers with innovative ideas to help disadvantaged children succeed in English, maths or science.

A £150,000 fund has opened by education charity SHINE with applications invited between now and January.

The Let Teachers SHINE supports innovative teaching ideas with grants of up to £25,000 over two years.

Projects must support disadvantaged children in the North of England to succeed in their English, maths, or science education.

As well as the funding, SHINE also offers practical support for the successful applicants to help them develop their ideas.

The competition is open to qualified classroom-based teachers who would like to pilot “a promising early-stage idea in their school”. Projects must be led by a qualified teacher and applicants need to show how their project will target disadvantaged children and young people aged up to 18.

Projects that were successful in the last funding round earlier this year included a home-learning activity pack, a reading project, resources to boost language and communication skills, and a one-to-one numeracy initiative. Find out more about previous winners here.

SHINE interim CEO Helen Rafferty said: “If you’re a creative, passionate teacher who has an exciting new idea that will really make a difference, we’d love to hear about it.”

Applications are made via an online form and shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their idea to a panel of judges. The deadline for entries is 9am on January 18 and winners will be announced in Spring 2022.


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