FRED aims to improve literacy levels and educational outcomes for children from low-income households through increasing fathers’ involvement in primary school literacy. This project is a pilot project to implement a 4 week family literacy programme in 10 schools (7 in Lambeth) based on a successful US project. It is anticipated that 350 fathers will benefit (including 127 low income fathers).
This is a brand new project this academic year and FRED will need to be successfully ‘translated’ from American context into an English one. FI has had previous experience in successfully transplanting an American initiative (Hitting the Ground Crawling). Also, attracting fathers (especially low-income fathers) into school initiatives is known to be a difficult task. FI is confident that it can get fathers involved, particularly through its “Dad Factor” training and its experience in its “Dads in Demand” project in Harrow. We shall post updates on progress.