In the North of England, only 34% of disadvantaged children get five good GCSEs at school, compared to 48% in London.

More children in the North are left without the basics they need to continue studying or get a well-paid job.

At SHINE, we believe that children in the North deserve the same educational chances as anyone else. We can’t afford to keep wasting their potential.


Every child should be given a fair chance to succeed at school and go on to realise their full potential in later life. Sadly, for a lot of children, this is not currently the case. I am proud to support SHINE in its bold new vision for the North, and I would urge others to fully support them in any way they can.

Sir Alan Langlands Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds

Giving kids from poor communities some decent opportunities to succeed at school has always been an incredibly worthwhile cause. To get them a good job, it’s essential that these children leave school with the best possible grades, and that makes SHINE’s work even more important than ever.

Nick Robinson Journalist and Broadcaster

What we hope to achieve

Our strategy framework describes our strategic objectives to 2025.

Our priorities

Ready for school

Giving children the best possible start to education in the Early Years.

Bridging the Gap

Helping children who need extra support at school to thrive when they move from primary to secondary school.

Flying High

Enabling children who attain well at primary school to stay on the path to success in their journey to secondary school.

Let Teachers SHINE

Backing passionate teachers to test new innovations in the classroom.


What we are funding

Take a look at the education programmes that we’re supporting across the country.