The seven NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups representing Kent commissioned the Fantastic FRED Experience to resource primary schools across the county - beginning in March 2019 and running through to July 2021.
Reach & Investment:
• Over 500 primary schools will be visited.
• 148,000 children will receive a 30 minute preventative mental health education experience.
• Every child will receive supplementary educational resources to maximise impact and recall.
• All schools that have made an expression of interest have booked after learning more about the experience.
The Fantastic FRED Experience and its impact has been independently reviewed and evaluated by the University of Kent. The assessment aimed to identify and measure outcomes and success of the resource, the perspectives of school staff and parents, and to determine evidence of recall of the key emotional resilience messages of the Fantastic FRED Experience. This outlined very positive results.
Recall of Mental Health Messages
Teachers across the schools visited have emphasised the impact the Fantastic FRED Experience has had amongst their children:
“The children have been reiterating the FRED ethos”.
“It promoted lots of discussions back in classrooms”.
“My class remembered so many facts and the FRED acronym really stuck in their heads”.
Follow up analysis has been undertaken with schools visited by the Fantastic FRED Experience to determine recall after a period of time has elapsed. Children consistently identified the messages of FRED as being Food, Rest, Exercise and Devices showing successful recall of the core themes.
For NHS CCGs, local authorities, or other public sector providers interested in adopting the Fantastic FRED Experience, the initial consultation will include planning for region-specific review and analysis of impact and recall.
"The actors enthralled the children who thought the experience was amazing."
"We were told by parents that their children went home and spoke about the show."
"My class remembered so many facts and the FRED acronym really stuck in their heads."
"The children are still talking about FRED and we will be following up with reminders in assembly and PSHE."