Applications open for Let Teachers SHINE 2022

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Teachers are being urged to apply for a share of up to £150,000 to develop projects that help disadvantaged children to succeed at school.

Education charity SHINE has this week launched its annual funding competition Let Teachers SHINE, which supports innovative teaching ideas.

Let Teachers SHINE offers grants of up to £25,000 over two years to teachers who have brilliant ideas to help disadvantaged children in the North of England to succeed in English, maths or science.

As well as funding, SHINE also offers practical support for winners, 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 currently practising in a school in the North of England or a qualified teacher currently practising outside of the North who is committed to expanding their project in the North of England.

Applicants need to show how their project will target disadvantaged children aged 0-18.

Successful projects will be innovative, with a focus on raising academic attainment, particularly in core subjects.

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 a simple online form, and shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their idea to a panel of judges.

The deadline for entries is 9am on 18 January 2022 and winners will be announced in the spring of 2022.

To apply, or to find out more information about Let Teachers SHINE, visit