FAST is already transforming the lives of thousands of children across the England, giving them the chance of a brighter future.
“We’ve seen accelerated progress in the children’s learning. In their reading, writing and mathematics”.
Roger Mitchell, Headteacher, Ripple Primary School in Barking
We know it works, we’ve seen the results. Now we need to take it to the next level.
By 2017, we aim to deliver FAST to more than 50,000 children living in poverty. We want to show the government FAST works so they will make it available to every single family in the UK.
Our targets are ambitious. But we believe that by working together, we can help give even more children living in poverty a fair chance at school – and in life.
FAST in England
In England, we deliver FAST through our regional offices. They’re at the heart of the communities we work in. They understand the needs of the children and parents who live there.
Between 2010 and 2014, FAST in England has been delivered to 6,160 families and 12,578 children.
76% of families who started FAST completed it, a particular high rate compared to similar programmes.
Across the board, the results have been positive: for children, for families and for the wider community.
Success in school
- 24% rise in parental involvement with school
- 21% fall in child’s difficulties at school
- 11% rise in positive family relationships
- 18% fall in family conflict
- 7% improvement in parent-child relationship
- 13% fall in total child difficulties at home
- 28% rise in support between parents
A story of success
George Mitchell Primary School in Leyton, east London, typifies FAST’s success in England.
Head teacher Saeed Hussain says: “The impact that FAST has had on the school has been phenomenal. Not only does it bring parents together but it also has a hugely positive impact on the children.”
The scheme inspired parents to set up the school’s first ever Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).
Charmaine Manning, 37, who has two children at the school, said: “FAST was absolutely wonderful. When you are picking your child up in the playground you don't get much of a chance to talk to the other parents.
“This was a great chance for us to get to know each other and build a relationship with parents and teachers.
“I was always mindful that our school did not have a PTA. Without parents there is no school.”
In the news
The success of FAST in England has brought with it positive media coverage:
'Do you want to increase your pupils’ success' – Walsall Governor (p11
Inspired parents for school’s first PTA – Local Guardian Series
Lowerplace primary school set to take part in FAST – Rochdale Online