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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects


A research project of the School of Education.


Randomised evaluation of Halle SHINE on Manchester

Investigator: Professor Carole Torgerson

 Supported by the Education Endowment Foundation

The Halle SHINE on Manchester intervention is an academic and cultural Saturday school programme supported by the Education Endowment Foundation. The programme targets disadvantaged pupils in primary schools in the Manchester area. Durham University-based academics and researchers have been funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (£179K) to find out whether SHINE on Manchester works in improving outcomes for the children who take part. The project is jointly co-ordinated by Professor Carole Torgerson (School of Education) and Dr Andy Wiggins (CEM). Other members of the evaluation team are: Vic Menzies (CEM), Kirsty Younger (CEM), Dr Adetayo Kasim (Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Well-being), Dr Dimitra Kokotsaki (School of Education and CEM), and Dr Catherine Hewitt (University of York). 


The evaluation team has designed a cluster randomised controlled trial that will measure improvements in literacy, numeracy, aspirations and music outcomes/attitudes for the children who take part in SHINE and will compare these with the same outcomes for children who have not taken part. All recruited schools will take part in SHINE, some with Year 5 children and some with Year 6 children.


The protocol for the randomised controlled trial is available on the EEF website:

The evaluation began in 2012 with a pilot year followed by two years of the main trial. The team will report their results in 2015.


From the School of Education