Parents

We believe every child should be happy at school and have the chance to fulfil their potential. We also know how important it is for parents to get the support they need to help their child achieve, learn and develop.

WHAT HAPPENS AT A FAST SESSION?

FAST sessions are 2.5 hours long and give you and your child the chance to spend quality time together, taking part in a range of fun, educational games and activities, including:

  • group discussions to improve children's thinking, reasoning and communication skills
  • feeling charades, to help children talk about their emotions
  • learning and communication games such as drawing and playing together
  • singing and group activities to get to know other families and parents
  • eating a family meal together, prepared by a different family each week. 

Each family that takes part in FAST receives a hamper of goods, including books and toys, to support their child’s learning and development at home.

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"Before, Lewis wasn’t interested in work. Now, he comes straight in and gets his counting board and does his numbers. It’s changed my view of school.” Becky, mum to five-year-old Lewis 

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HELPING CHILDREN SUCCEED

Research shows that FAST:

  • helps improve children’s reading, writing and maths
  • encourages good behaviour and a positive attitude
  • helps parents support their children’s learning at home.

After taking part in FAST, 77% of parents say they are more able to support their children's education. 

Parents who have taken part in FAST also say it has helped improve their relationships with their children, other parents and teachers.