Let Teachers SHINE Winner 2017


Peter Scutt from Holy Rood Catholic Primary School in Swindon has won £15,000 to realise their fantastic idea to help ignite their students’ passion for science as part of the annual Let Teachers SHINE competition. Teachers from across the country are invited to submit their ideas to help disadvantaged children by raising attainment in English, maths or science. The competition is run by the education charity, SHINE (Support and Help in Education). It is supported by Capita SIMS and Tes. This year, Let Teachers SHINE received almost 150 applications. Pete Scutt became one of just ten finalists who demonstrated their unique idea to raise achievement in science. Peter Scutt, governor of Holy Rood Catholic Primary School, said “Following my successful application to Let Teachers Shine, I will be supporting primary school teachers and whole schools with the delivery of their science curriculum during the 2017-2018 academic year. As a Science Lead Practitioner at a secondary school and Governor of a primary school, I have a passion for making science engaging and accessible so that all children feel they have the confidence and skills to become scientists of the future. I believe that a child’s interest in science is shaped before they leave primary school and this project intends to ensure that primary-aged children are exposed to engaging and inspiring science lessons that develop their enthusiasm for the science in the world around them. By having a secondary science lead practitioner and governor being proactive in supporting the delivery of a high-quality science curriculum, children can have a memorable and engaging experience of science no matter their ability and/or background.  Lessons will become much more practical and the emphasis will be on the language that the children use, therefore having a greater impact on their progress due to a deepened understanding of vocabulary and content of the curriculum”. The winners were announced at an awards presentation held at the Capita SIMS Annual Conference. The project will be run as a year-long pilot from September 2017 to September 2018. Further funding will be available for the most successful schemes. Phil Neal, director at Capita SIMS, says: “Once again I have been very impressed by the standard and quality of the entries.  Each and every winner has shown innovation and a dedication to improving attainment for every pupil. Congratulations to all the winners!” Clare Gilhooly, CEO of SHINE, adds: “Every year the Let Teachers SHINE competition impresses upon me the tireless efforts of Teachers from across the country. The 10 finalists are a testament to the difference Teachers make in the lives of children and young people, and SHINE look forward to working with them to develop their winning ideas.” Since 2000, SHINE has invested £24.5 million to educational projects, which have helped more than 280,000 children from over 5,000 schools. The winning Let Teachers SHINE programmes make up some of the most dynamic of these projects. This year’s winners will join the 74 Teachers supported through the competition so far. For more information, please visit www.capita-sims.co.uk/shine-7 About Capita SIMS: Capita SIMS is the leading supplier of information systems to the education sector, providing a range of software and services to schools and local authorities to help raise standards and reduce administration. Capita’s SIMS is the most popular management information system for schools and is used every day by more than 22,000 educational establishments in the UK. Website: www.capita-sims.co.uk Twitter: @CapitaSIMS   About SHINE (Support and Help in Education): SHINE funds and develops additional educational initiatives which encourage underachieving children and young people to raise their academic attainment levels. SHINE works in partnership with primary and secondary state schools, the independent sector and world class universities to develop innovative projects.   Since 2000, SHINE have committed £24.5 million to educational projects, which have helped more than 280,000 children from over 5,000 schools. SHINE rigorously monitor and evaluate the projects funded to ensure that they make a sustained and positive difference to the young lives they help. Website: www.shinetrust.org.uk Twitter: @shinetrustuk