Let Teachers Shine

Status: Open to applications

Application Deadline: 17 April 2018 


A national competition with grants for teachers who have innovative ideas on how to raise attainment among disadvantaged students in England.  


Fund Value: £ 180,000
Maximum Value: £ 15,000

 Value Notes

In 2018, SHINE aims to fund £180,000 in new grant awards, which is an increase from the previous years' prize pot of £150,000. 
Grants of up to £15,000 and other support are available to help get projects off the ground, or to launch them to a wider audience. 
The funding must be spent in the academic year

Extended Description

The Let Teachers SHINE competition is sponsored by SHINE, an education charity that gives children the opportunity to acquire the skills and confidence they need to turn their potential into success at school and beyond.
Let Teachers SHINE is a free national annual competition run by SHINE to find some of the country’s most innovative teachers. The competition is for projects that aim to benefit students aged up to 18 in England who experience disadvantage, and try to improve their educational achievement in literacy, numeracy and/or science.

Latest Information

The deadline for applications to this annual competition is 17 April 2018 (midday).

Key Criteria

The competition is open to all qualified teachers working in a school or educational establishment in England. Applications from all areas and all types of schools will be considered as long as the children targeted have some indicator of economic disadvantage.


Eligible Expenditure

The funding is to be spent in the academic year and can cover staff costs or cover for teachers, as well as equipment costs as long as the equipment costs are less than 50% of the total budget.
To be eligible, projects must:
Be innovative – projects should aim to inspire children in new and exciting ways.
Target economically disadvantaged children – the Pupil Premium eligibility is used as a general indicator of economic disadvantage.
Be scalable – projects which, if successful, can be scaled up and replicated easily, whether that be in other schools or areas, or working with a higher number of students.
The priority areas for 2018 are:
Ready for School: improving the school readiness of children during the reception year, with a priority focus on language and communication skills (age 4-5).
Bridging the Gap: supporting vulnerable children who may not meet Age Related Expectations at primary school to make better academic progress in the first few years of secondary school (age 9-14).
Flying High: supporting high attaining students to build on their achievements at primary school and stay on a high attaining trajectory during the first few years at secondary school (age 9-14).

Although there is interest in funding educational technology projects; the charity has recently funded several online maths initiatives and would only fund others if they can clearly show how they complement or add value to other grants that have been made.


SHINE will not fund more than 50% capital/equipment costs.

Payment Procedure

The grant will be paid via the applicant's school.

Application Procedure

The online application form can be found on the SHINE website. There is a two-stage application process.
The assessment process is as follows:
Stage 1: Submit an online application, providing an outline of the idea, how it would be implemented and how much it will cost. The deadline is 17 April 2018
Stage 2: Applications are assessed and SHINE will inform applicants if they have been successful at reaching the next round by 8 May 2018.
Stage 3: Shortlisted applicants are invited to present their idea by phone to the SHINE team during the week commencing 14 May 2018.
Stage 4: A final shortlist of applicants are invited to present their idea in person to a panel of experts, either in Manchester or London in early June.

Addresses and Contacts

Application forms may be available to download their website - please click here - or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.
Contact details:
Shine Trust
0113 280 5872