This time of year always puts a smile on my face as SHINE (Support and Help in Education) reveal the inspiring winners of their Let Teachers SHINE competition.
The competition is focused on bringing brilliant ideas to fruition by developing projects to support disadvantaged young people across the country in English, maths and science. We are proud to be supporting the competition for the third year and were delighted to assist in the process of whittling down 125 applicants to nine winning projects. With a vast range of wonderful ideas to support disadvantaged young people, it’s fascinating to see the creative minds of teachers from all across England.
The funding to bring the 2016 winner’s ideas to life reached a grand total of £112,000. The money they receive will be used to get their project off the ground by funding a year-long pilot programme to demonstrate that it can achieve measureable improvements in the classroom.
The winners are…
This year’s winners cover a range of different ideas, from musical maths robots to a woodland-based curriculum. One of this year’s winners will look to turn students into DJs through an innovative spelling programme. Michelle Lockwood from Saint Bernard’s Catholic High School in Rotherham will help children learn spelling rules in a highly engaging way using rap, rhyme and funky beats.
Mike Baldwin’s project (Belvue Special School in Middlesex) will involve an innovative woodland-based curriculum set in an urban environment. The project will help students with severe learning disabilities to find their voices, learn new words and develop functional speech.
The list of other winners and their projects are:
- Peter Scutt, Isambard Community School, Swindon – Achieve in Science
- Rebecca Turvill, Handcross Primary School, West Sussex – Developing maths skills in post-16 students
- John Corbett, Writhlington Academy, Somerset – Corbettmaths
- Hannah Gosling, Drapers’ Brookside Junior School, Romford – Musical Maths Robots
- Michelle Hayfron, Belleville Primary School, Battersea – Guided Eye for Maths Mastery
- Becky Arnold, Wymondham College, Norfolk – Motivation and Engagement
- Charlotte Mellor, Littletown Junior Infant and Nursery School, West Yorkshire – Now that’s what I call Grammar
We’re pleased to welcome all of this year’s winners to the SIMS Annual Conference in Staffordshire, where they will be awarded their cheques. It’s also a pleasure to have 2015 winner Gavin Summerfield attending the conference to talk about his innovative project, which encourages children to be creative using Nao Robotics technology.
I certainly can’t wait to see some of these projects in action and hopefully, we will be seeing some of this year’s cohort presenting back to us at our 2017 conference on their inspiring projects.
To find out more about Let Teachers SHINE visit their website.
Say cheese! Here’s the winners being presented with their cheques at the SIMS Annual Conference in Staffordshire on 22nd June.