Rewards for teachers helping children SHINE


The ten winners of the Let Teachers SHINE competition, run by education charity SHINE (Support and Help in Education), were announced at the Capita SIMS Annual Conference held in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

The competition, supported by Capita SIMS, is now in its sixth year and offers teachers across the country the chance to win a grant of up to £15,000 for their innovative idea to raise the achievement of disadvantaged children in maths, English or science.

Among this year’s winners is Rachel Wilkinson, of Nunthorpe Academy in Cleveland, who has won a grant of £10,000 to help children with SEN write and publish the story of their life. The books will encourage children to take a keener interest in writing and will be available to buy in local bookstores and online for other children to read.

Elizabeth Hope, who teaches science for the Children’s Hospital School in Leicester, has also been awarded a grant of £10,000 for her fantastic project ‘Science by the Bedside’ which brings live science experiments directly to the bedside of sick children in hospital.

Sarah Shergill also won a grant of £3,280 for her ‘Making Maths Heroes’ programme to help encourage pupils with a fear of making mistakes in maths, to be more courageous risk-takers through innovative maths teaching.

Last year, Peter Scutt, a teacher at Isambard School in Swindon, won £15,000 in the Let Teachers SHINE competition to develop his idea to make science easy to teach for non-specialist science teachers in primary schools. He remarks: “We are delighted with the outcome of our SHINE in Science scheme. Our students have a new love for learning science and for some it’s now the highlight of their school week.  Hopefully some of these science enthusiasts will go on to take it at GCSE and you never know where that would take them.”

Phil Neal, director at Capita SIMS, says: “Every year it gets tougher to choose the ten finalists. There are so many dedicated teachers with great ideas to help their students.  I look forward to following this year’s winner’s journey to see how children respond to their ideas.”

Clare Gilhooly, Chief Executive of SHINE, said: “These ten finalists will make a huge impact on the lives of school children throughout the UK.  The Let Teachers Shine competition continues to unearth a host of amazing teachers and their truly inspiring ideas, to help level the playing field for every child in school no matter their circumstances. We look forward to working closely with all ten winners.”

The full list of winners:

  • Peter Scutt (Isambard Community School, Swindon) Creative and Memorable Science
  • Naomi   Bedworth (St Mary’s College, Hull) Literary Legacy Makers
  • Fiona Button (Clement James Centre, London) Button Spelling
  • Simon Cox (St Mary’s Catholic Academy, Blackpool)         Steps to Success
  • Amy Hanna (Ark Academy, Wembley, London) Miss Hanna Loves Grammar
  • Elizabeth Hope (Hospital School, Leicester) Science at the bedside
  • Andrew Otty (Exeter College, Exeter) Write On!
  • Sarah Shergill (Brackenbury Primary School, Brighton) Making Maths Heroes
  • Rachel   Wilkinson (Nunthorpe Academy, Middlesbrough) Our Story
  • Martin Bennett and Nola Woods (Woodlands Meed School, Burgess Hill) English Reading and Writing Assessment

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