SHINE – the education charity working to provide extra academic support and creative learning opportunities for disadvantaged young people – are calling all teachers to enter their Let Teachers SHINE competition, giving teachers the chance to win up to £15,000 to seed-fund an idea or project in schools that will support disadvantaged students.
So if you have a brilliant idea for teaching students English, maths or science, but just never had the financial wherewithal to bring it to life, then read on!
SHINE are dedicated to supporting innovative teaching that gets great results – they’re always seeking out new ideas and fresh approaches.
The Let Teachers SHINE initiative awards funding will benefit 10-12 projects, selected by a panel of judges from SHINE, TES and their corporate sponsors Bloomberg, Capita SIMS and Teachers Assurance.
So what are they looking for?
SHINE are interested in exploring all possible avenues. Successful ideas might involve superb after-school programmes or innovative use of technology. They could work with whole classes, small groups or individuals.
Recent pilots have included peer tutoring, story-based orienteering using tablets and using sport for kinaesthetic learning.
They offer some guidance on what a winning entry should include:
- Clear objectives – what exactly is your idea, what do you hope to achieve, who are you targeting, and how will you show that it works? They need measurable, meaningful impact.
- A sensible, transparent budget – tell them why you need the money. For example, do you need to pay teachers, rent facilities and/or produce resources?
- Potential for expansion – they are looking for projects that can be scaled up. SHINE are very interested in continuing to support successful winning projects, so that you can expand what you can do and help even more students.
- Innovation – give them genuinely new ideas and fresh approaches. ‘Surprise us!’ they say.
- Target disadvantage – it must benefit disadvantaged students’ educational achievement in literacy, numeracy and/or science.
So what are you waiting for?
The competition is completely free to enter and closes at midnight on 27 April 2015. If you’re a teacher working in England with students aged up to 18, then you’re eligible.
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