SHINE on Saturday combines hands-on, exciting learning with outside trips and creative lessons that expand and enrich the national curriculum. And behind the fun, there is a clear focus on improving attainment and raising aspirations.

Junior is a pupil from the East Manchester Academy and part of one of our SHINE in Secondaries projects there. Junior was chosen to take part in the project due to his behaviour and grades not reflecting what he could achieve. This is his story of how SHINE has affected his attitude and understanding of education.