At SHINE, we believe that children should be given the best possible chances in education, no matter what their backgrounds or starting points.
We work alongside teachers and schools across the North of England to nurture great ideas that can help raise the attainment of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
We also work in partnership with organisations and funders in the areas of greatest need within the North, kick-starting change that is locally led.
Our story so far
SHINE was set up in 1999 by a group of committed philanthropists from the business and finance sectors. They felt passionately that children from low income homes should be given the support they needed to excel at school at beyond.
Since 1999, we have invested £29 million to more than 300 education projects that have helped 1.3 million children from 20,000 schools. More than a million disadvantaged children have benefited from access to SHINE-funded programmes online. 110,000 children have been reached by SHINE-funded programmes in schools.
For our first 18 years, we focused most of our funding and support in areas of deprivation in London. When we started, just 22% of children from disadvantaged backgrounds in the capital were achieving the results to enter further education or get high-quality jobs.