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FAST programme makes secondary school debut

The Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme has reached a new milestone, with the first secondary school in the UK celebrating its first round of graduating parents and children.

FAST programme logo Thirteen families from St Comhghall's College in Lisnaskea, Northern Ireland recently completed the ten-week programme, designed to strengthen bonds between families, schools and local communities through weekly get-togethers and activities. 

The sessions afford parents valuable one-on-one time with their children, whilst also allowing adults to interact with each other, learn new skills and realise the value of their school and community in their lives and those of their children.

FAST, which is facilitated and delivered in the UK through Middlesex University, has been rolled out in more than 400 primary schools to date. St Comhghall's College is the first post-primary school to benefit from the programme.  

Northern Ireland's Education Minister John O'Dowd presented certificates to the graduating families of St Comhghall's College, expressing his support for FAST and its ability to change the lives of its participants. 

"The FAST programme is an excellent way of engaging parents and building effective links between schools and their local communities for the benefit of young people," he said.

The FAST graduation ceremony was also attended by reporters from the BBC, with coverage available to view via their website.

Comments (2)

  • Ola 20.05.2015
    Hi Erika,

    Thanks for your message! Bernadette Thomas will be best to advise - you can reach her by email,

    Best wishes
  • erika searle 12.05.2015
    I am the Family Liaison Officer for a primary school and would love to go on the training Course for FAST so that I can start a programme in my school . Could you please advise where or how I can access the training for this.

    Many thanks


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