Between 2010 and 2018 we ran the FAST programme, which helps tackle the educational inequality that exists between poorer children and their better off class-mates. FAST builds stronger bonds between parents, schools and communities to make sure children get the support they need to do their best at school.
In 2018 we published the findings of Europe’s first Randomised Control Trial (RCT) of FAST, which found that the programme can be an effective mechanism for engaging parents in their children’s early education. FAST was also shown to have a positive impact on children’s social and behavioural outcomes, remarkably, for the whole year group and not just the children who participated. 83% of parents that began FAST attended six or more sessions, which is an unusually high retention rate. There are great lessons to be learned from FAST’s ability to capture parents’ imaginations and keep them coming back week after week.
You can read more on the findings of the FAST RCT here.
You can also read our blog here.