Teachers win up to £15,000 to develop innovative ideas for raising achievement

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

Ten teachers have been given grants of up to £15,000 to develop their innovative ideas to raise the achievement of disadvantaged pupils.

The 10 were unveiled as this year’s winners of the annual Let Teachers SHINE competition, which is run by the education charity SHINE.

Now in its fifth year, the initiative is focused on ideas to support maths, English and science education and is supported by Capita SIMS.

Winners this year include Peter Scutt from Isambard Community School in Swindon who has won £15,000 to develop video resources to make science more accessible for disadvantaged pupils.

Michelle Lockwood of St Bernard’s Catholic High School in Rotherham also gets £15,000 for her spelling project that turns students into DJs – using rap and rhyme to learn spelling rules.

Other winners included Mike Baldwin from Belvue Special School in Middlesex whose project will involve a woodland-based curriculum set in an urban environment.

It will help students with severe learning disabilities to find their voices, learn new words and develop functional speech.

Meanwhile, Suraj Rai from Ken Stimpson Community School in Peterborough has devised “Created by Schools” to help children in all three of the core subjects. Disadvantaged students will work together with professionals to build English, maths and science resources for schools using an online request queue, which is open to teachers everywhere.

The other secondary winners were John Corbett from Writhlington Academy, Somerset, for his Corbettmaths project, and Becky Arnold from Wymondham College, Norfolk, for her work on motivation and engagement.

The winners were unveiled at the Capita SIMS annual conference earlier this month in Staffordshire. At the event was the 2015 competition winner Gavin Summerfield who spoke about his winning project which encourages children to be creative using Nao Robotics technology.

Other 2015 winners included Jackie Flaherty, a teacher at Chipping Campden School, who won more than £12,000 last year to develop her science enrichment idea. She said: “We are delighted with the outcome of our SHINE in Science scheme. Our A level students have developed their teamwork, organisation and communication skills as a result of running the project. It also aimed to inspire GCSE students to consider science careers with a series of enrichment activities which included lunch with a STEM ambassador from Abbey Road Studios. We are so grateful to SHINE for giving our students this opportunity.”

Paul Carbury, CEO of SHINE, added: “Our finalists go on to make a real difference to the lives of children up and down the country. This competition continues to discover inspirational teachers and their truly amazing ideas to help level the playing field for every child. We look forward to working closely with all 10 winners.”

SHINE is an educational charity that works with schools to give disadvantaged young people extra English and maths support. Visit www.shinetrust.org.uk

For more information on this year’s winners, visit www.capita-sims.co.uk/shine-6


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