Backing passionate teachers to test new innovations in the classroom.

Here at SHINE, we’ve always believed in the transformative power of great teachers. Teachers do fantastic work every day to get the best out of children at school, often in challenging circumstances.

Right from our first beginnings, we identified great teachers as our most important ally in the fight against education inequality. So, we’ve put their skills and development at the heart of our approach ever since.

Teachers are the experts who support disadvantaged children every day and know how to help them succeed. But we know there’s limited support to help them test out new approaches in the classroom. That’s why we run Let Teachers SHINE, our annual funding competition, in partnership with Tes.

Each year, the competition offers support to the brightest minds in teaching across England, to help them develop fresh ideas to enable disadvantaged children to achieve more at school.

Let Teachers SHINE Funding Diagram
Level 1, 2 & 3 Funding

We offer a first year of funding to help teachers to get their idea off the ground. If their project is successful, we can then provide a second and third year of funding to help them develop and scale up their project so that it benefits more children in other schools. Since 2012, SHINE has supported more than 100 teachers across the country to test out new classroom innovations.

As well as funding, SHINE offers winning teachers free access to a range of coaching workshops. This provides the opportunity to get mentoring from sector experts covering topics like creating a business plan, managing finances, marketing projects, evaluating impact, and scaling up a project to benefit more children. The workshops help teachers build entrepreneurial and business skills and share ideas with, and be inspired by, like-minded educators.


If you have an innovative idea that you believe will improve outcomes for disadvantaged children, apply for Let Teachers SHINE funding. SHINE can offer you support and guidance that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

Nicol Winfield Maths Lead at Wyndham Primary Academy, Derby Research School

I didn’t know if to apply at first but I’m so glad I did. Thanks to my grant from SHINE, I’m now able to make even more of a difference to children from disadvantaged backgrounds in the classroom.

Jessica Howley Teacher at St John's Church of England Primary School in Salford