The Hallé SHINE on Manchester (HSoM) programme is a Saturday school educational programme designed to increase the reading and maths attainment, as well as engagement with school, of underachieving and disadvantaged pupils at Key Stage 2.
Developed in collaboration between the SHINE Trust and Hallé Orchestra, the intervention provides additional school-based literacy and numeracy lessons, based on musical themes, as well as visits toHallé rehearsals, performances and other theme-based activities. Twenty-five Saturday sessions, each lasting five hours, were planned for the intervention over the course of an academic year, delivered by qualified teachers, teaching assistants, peer mentors, and professional musicians.
The evaluation consisted of two randomised controlled trials (RCTs) — a pilot trial and a main trial — and a process evaluation conducted with primary schools in the Manchester area between July 2012 and July 2015. The pilot trial involved 361 Year 5 and 6 pupils in 18 schools; the main trial involved 2,306 Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils in 38 schools. The second year involved both the pilot and main trial running concurrently. The third year involved main trial schools only.