In schools

We’ve helped nearly 30,000 children since 2010

Only a small fraction of children’s learning takes place at school.

In the UK, children from lower income families are 50% less likely to do as well at school as their classmates.

For these families, increasing parents’ skills and confidence to support their child’s learning can reduce the impact of poverty on their child’s future.

Supporting parents

Our Families Connect programme has been developed in response to feedback from parents looking for more help to support their children’s learning. It offers support in three key areas: literacy and language development, numeracy and emotional development. You can find out more here.

Over the course of eight weeks, parents learn how to support their children’s education at home through a series of fun and engaging activities.

Reading volunteers

Save the Children worked in partnership with children’s literacy charity Beanstalk between 2013 and 2017. As a result of our partnership, Beanstalk now provides one-to-one literacy support to more children, in more schools, and has developed new ways to offer reading support.

We’ve helped children who struggle with their reading ability and confidence – 98% of children have an increase in confidence and 94% enjoy reading more than before they started reading with a volunteer. Help us to reach more children by volunteering now.

Recovering from traumatic events

Journey of Hope was devised by Save the Children in the US in response to Hurricane Katrina. Journey of Hope helps children, parents and carers to understand and cope with emotions caused by traumatic events and challenging life circumstances.

Delivered in schools by trained mental health professionals, the sessions cover positive ways of understanding and discussing feelings and help children to build coping strategies and stronger social support networks.

Building relationships

We have been delivering our Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme in the UK since 2010. In that time we’ve helped nearly 30,000 children.

The programme works to build stronger relationships between parents, schools and communities to make sure children get the support they need to do their best at school.

Each week children and parents take part in activities that strengthen family bonds and improve educational development - things like eating a family meal together, family play time and one-to-one parent-child support.

We are currently completing Europe’s first Randomised Control Trial (RCT) of FAST, and are taking a break from running the programme pausing delivery in new schools while we consider the best next steps. For further information you can contact us at fast@savethechildren.org.uk

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