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Unity City Academy Awarded £5,000 To Help Local Children To SHINE

posted Aug 7, 2018, 3:08 AM by Google Google   [ updated Aug 7, 2018, 3:09 AM ]

Charlotte Pywell from Unity City Academy in Middlesbrough has won £5,000 to help realise her bold new initiative to ignite selected students’ passion for learning as they begin their secondary school careers.

The award is one of just fourteen made by the education charity SHINE across England, which offers funding to teachers who have exciting ideas to help disadvantaged children to succeed in English, maths or science. The Unity City Academy project is aimed to boost standards in English and maths for 50 pupils who had not met the expected standard in their primary SATs tests.

Charlotte's original bid was for just £2,000 but the sponsors were so impressed with the initiative that they have raised it to £5,000 to have maximum impact. Beginning at the end of September, each of the Year 7 students will be assigned two older mentors from Years 8 to 10: one pastoral mentor to meet their social and wellbeing needs and one academic. The aim is to boost learning development by up to five months for each one. It will also have real benefits for their mentors.

The project will be run as a year-long pilot from September 2018 to September 2019, and follow on funding is available from SHINE for projects that have the potential to scale up in future.

Charlotte Pywell, Associate, Senior Leadership Team at Unity City Academy, said: “I am delighted that we will be able to support our incoming year 7 pupils with an innovative and exciting approach to transition. I am also honoured to have been selected out of the many applicants and look forward to implementing the project in school.”

The project will be run as a year-long pilot from September 2018 to September 2019, and follow on funding is available from SHINE for projects that have the potential to scale up in future.

Called Let Teachers SHINE, it is run by the education charity SHINE and supported by The Times Educational Supplement (TES). Fiona Spellman, CEO of SHINE, said: “We received so many applications for Let Teachers SHINE this year and it is so inspiring to see just how many teachers want to go that extra mile to help disadvantaged children achieve their potential. We’re delighted to be able to support these teachers and we’re looking forward to working with them to develop their projects so they can reach many more children beyond their school.”

Ann Mroz, Editor of Tes, adds: “I am incredibly impressed by the standard and quality of the entries this year and each and every winner has shown innovation and a dedication to improving attainment. Congratulations to all the winners!”

Since August 2000, SHINE has invested more than £25 million into projects that have created opportunities for 400,000 children from more than 6,000 schools to achieve their potential. The winning Let Teachers SHINE programmes make up some of the most dynamic of these projects. This year’s winners will join the 83 teachers supported by the competition so far.

Charlotte, originally from Northumberland, joined Unity City Academy in 2013 and became Head of Modern Foreign Languages in 2015 and Associate, Senior Leadership Team the following year.