Around the UK: Scotland

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

Michelle with her daughter Olivia

“The FAST programme was one of the best things I did for my family. We took part in fun activities as a family [and I] spent special time with my child on a one-to-one basis”
A parent in Scotland

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.


In Scotland, 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.

The Scottish government [‘Engaging with Families’] has also promoted FAST in its advice on how parents can best help their children’s learning and development.

Between 2010 and 2014, FAST in Scotland has been delivered to 1,316 families and 2,399 children.

77% of families completed FAST, a particularly high rate compared to other programmes.

Across the board, the results have been positive: for children, for families and for the wider community.

Success in school

  • 20% rise in parental involvement with school
  • 17% fall in child’s difficulties at school

Stronger communities

  • 48% rise in support between parents

Strengthening families

  • 25% rise in positive family relationships
  • 33% fall in family conflict
  • 18% improvement in parent-child relationship
  • 21% fall in total child difficulties at home



A story of success

At St Joseph’s Primary School in Greenock, one of the schools that has adopted FAST, headteacher Alan Graham says: “The experience has been an entirely positive one.

“The team of volunteers who were trained and have run the programme consisted of parents, teachers and community workers, and they have been phenomenal.

“We will definitely be building upon the successes of this positive start.

“St Joseph’s is constantly looking for opportunities to develop strong links, and FAST has placed us right at the heart of a thriving and growing community.”

These views were echoed by another head teacher in Scotland, who said: “FAST is one of the most powerful tools that I have come across to build sustainable community links and partnership with parents.”

And one of the parents at Castleview Primary School in Edinburgh, said: “It encourages you to want to spend quality time with your kids rather than just leave them to their own devices. It brings you together. It brings you closer.”


In the news

St Joseph’s pupils project to build relationships in their local community – Greenock Telegraph