22 June 2016: The ten winners of the Let Teachers SHINE competition, run by education charity SHINE (Support and Help in Education), were announced today at the Capita SIMS Annual Conference.

The competition, supported by Capita SIMS, is now in its fifth 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 Peter Scutt, of Isambard Community School in Swindon, who has won a grant of £15,000 to develop video resources to make science not only accessible, but memorable and inspiring. Michelle Lockwood of Saint Bernard’s Catholic High School in Rotherham, has also been awarded a grant of £15,000 for a fantastic spelling project which turns students into superstar DJs so that they can learn vital spelling rules with the use of rap and rhyme. And Charlotte Mellor’s Now That’s What I Call Grammar! programme will use the £5,000 grant money to combine music with lyrics to help students memorise grammar terminology.

Jackie Flaherty, a teacher at Chipping Campden School, won over £12,000 last year to develop her idea. She remarks: “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.”

Phil Neal, director at Capita SIMS, says: “I know that choosing the ten finalists was a tough decision, and I wish them the very best of luck with developing their ideas and inspiring all children to succeed.”

Paul Carbury, CEO of SHINE, adds: “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 ten winners.”

The full list of winners is: Peter Scutt (Isambard Community School, Swindon) – Achieve in Science, Rebecca Turvill (Handcross Primary School, Crawley) – Developing Maths Skills in Post-16 Students, John Corbett (Writhlington Academy, Radstock) – Corbettmaths, Hannah Gosling (Drapers’ Brookside Junior School, Romford) – Musical Maths Robots, Mike Baldwin (Belvue Special School, Northolt) – Finding My Voice, Michelle Lockwood (Saint Bernard’s Catholic High School, Rotherham) – Spelling Beatz, Michelle Hayfron (Belleville Primary School, Battersea) – Guided Eye for Maths Mastery, Becky Arnold (Wymondham College, Morley) – Motivation and Engagement, Charlotte Mellor (Littletown Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Liversedge) – Now That’s What I Call Grammar! and Suraj Rai (Ken Stimpson Community School, Werrington) – Created by Schools.

For more information, please visit www.capita-sims.co.uk/shine-6

Notes for editors:

  • The competition is only open to those who teach in England.
  • The competition is supported by Capita SIMS and the TES.


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