Around the UK: Wales

FAST is already transforming the lives of thousands of children across the Wales, giving them the chance of a brighter future.

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“We are privileged to have been involved in the FAST programme – our families have had a fantastic eight weeks and have really benefited from what’s been on offer”
Head teacher Christian Coole of Darran Park Primary School in Rhondda

 

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 for FAST 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 Wales

In Wales, 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 Wales has been delivered to 1,118 families and 2,208 children.

82% of families who started FAST completed it, a particularly 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

  • 33% rise in parental involvement with school
  • 18% fall in child’s difficulties at school

Stronger communities

  • 38% rise in support between parents

Strengthening families

  • 25% rise in positive family relationships
  • 24% fall in family conflict
  • 18% improvement in parent-child relationship
  • 16% fall in total child difficulties at home

Story of success

Miskin Primary School at Mountain Ash is to become the first in Wales to launch at third cycle of FAST. Head teacher Fran Davies gives FAST the credit for recent praise the school received from Estyn inspectors, who said the school was “sector leading practice”.

“I was worried we wouldn’t be able to meet the target of getting 20 families to take part,” she says. “But we were oversubscribed. Children and parents have gained so much form this programme and they have exceeded their own expectations."

FAST satisfies the criteria for the Pupil Deprivation Grant, contributes significantly to meeting Estyn requirements and adheres to the professional standards for education practitioners in Wales.

Mary Powell-Chandler, head of Save the Children in Wales, said: “FAST makes a huge difference to the families that take part. It brings together the key elements in determining a child’s success their school, their family, and the community.

“FAST ensures that children are given the support they need to thrive.”

 

In the news

The success of FAST in Wales has brought with it positive media coverage:

Rhondda school enjoys graduation day – Wales Online

Families celebrate FAST graduation at Cadoxton Primary school – Barry and District News

School families take FAST track to success – Barry and District News

Cwm Ifor families graduate from Save the Children scheme – Caerphilly Observer