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Miss Reynolds SHINEs in National Competition

Monday, 14 July 2014

Miss Lauren Reynolds from the Bolton School Girls’ Division Maths Department has won a grant of £7430.00 in the Let Teachers SHINE competition! This national competition, run by the education charity SHINE (Support and Help in Education), is supported by Capita SIMS, TES, Bloomberg and Teachers Assurance, and is designed to uncover the best ideas to raise children’s academic attainment.

Teachers throughout the UK were asked to submit their ideas for consideration. The best ten ideas received grants worth up to £15,000, to be used to develop the idea and study the impact it has on pupils. There is also the possibility of further funding for the most successful schemes, and the most effective ideas may be extended and rolled out to more schools in disadvantaged communities.

The winners were announced at an awards presentation held at the Capita SIMS Annual Conference.

Miss Reynolds said, “My project is called ‘Spread Your Wings’. The main factor that makes this an innovative project is that it is designed to take the students ‘off curriculum’ – to experience Mathematics from a different angle, with the hope of changing their impression of Mathematics and seeing its importance in real life. The project will run over 10 weeks in the Summer term 2015 for Year 9 pupils from local schools. The content will focus on a strand of Mathematics called Decision Mathematics. Decision Mathematics is a beautiful strand that looks at constrained optimisation. We will look at the bin packing problem, the Mathematics in SatNavs, and Critical Path analysis. The Decision course offers the possibility of a greater focus on modelling. Its applicability is self-evident and I envisage setting up projects where students find their own applications of the techniques, where they learn to spread their wings.”

Since August 2000, SHINE has committed £19.5 million to projects helping more than 63,000 children from over 2,000 schools. 

Phil Neal, Managing Director of Capita SIMS explains:  “Teachers come into this profession to make a difference and Let Teachers SHINE gives them a real opportunity to do that.”

Paul Carbury, CEO from The SHINE Trust added: “The competition saw such a fantastic range of ideas which will, without doubt, help to transform learning for the students who need it most.”

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Miss Reynolds receives the cheque at the awards presentation

Miss Reynolds receives the cheque at the awards presentation

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