Ready for School, Bridging the Gap & Flying High
SHINE grants provide funding to school-led projects of two to three years’ duration, which provide innovative solutions to the education challenges experienced by children from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. SHINE grants support projects that can be evaluated for their impact on the educational attainment of disadvantaged children.
SHINE conducted a review of its grant-making strategy in 2020 and the trustees decided to focus our future grant-giving on two key priorities:
- Backing early stage ideas developed by teachers and schools, particularly focused on scaling approaches from the grassroots which often struggle to access funding from other sources. This means expanding our focus on Let Teachers SHINE and on our direct funding programmes for schools: Ready for School, Bridging the Gap and Flying High.
- Working together with others to solve some of the more intractable problems which hold back children’s educational outcomes, in particular looking to resolve barriers beyond the school gates. Through this theme, SHINE will choose specific parts of the North of England where we want to work on a proactive basis to solve a specific issue, in collaboration with other charities, universities and community groups.
In order to have the capacity to do both of these things well, SHINE will no longer be taking applications on a reactive basis, unless they originate directly from a practising teacher or school, as above.