The Fantastic FRED Experience is a school-based, live performance mental health resource for primary aged children delivered by a team of trained actors.

With half of all mental health problems being established by the age of 14, the younger we engage children to equip and build emotional resilience the more likely we are to prevent mental health challenges developing when they are older.

Fantastic FRED is a resource targeted at delivering preventative mental health education in schools for children in reception and Years 1 to 6.

It is specifically designed to inform, equip and build resilience with simple, memorable and practical ways that young children can look after their mental health.

The letters in FRED’s name represent the areas of educational focus:

  • Food
  • Rest
  • Exercise
  • Devices

FRED's origins and conceptual foundations include independent clinical review and approval, as well as wide-ranging and multi-stakeholder engagement with teachers, parents, education and health professionals, consultants and commissioners.

The Fantastic FRED Experience is exclusively focussed on prevention to increase awareness of mental health amongst children at an early age, and to resource them with practical tools to proactively manage their emotional resilience as a part of everyday life.

Useful Links

University of Kent:
Early Implementation Evaluation

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FRED Value Proposition Infographic

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Sample School Response Data

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"There are opportunities to promote good mental health and wellbeing and to build resilience throughout childhood and youth. It’s important to take these opportunities both for the health and wellbeing of children and young people, and for people’s health and wellbeing throughout their life."

- Public Health England

Fantastic FRED
Reach & Impact

Originally commissioned by Kent NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups as part of the Kent Local Transformation plan for Children, Young People and Young Adult’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health, the Fantastic FRED Experience sought to address a lack of practical and readily available mental health resources for primary schools across the county.

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Performed to over
350,000
primary school aged
children by 2023
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The Fantastic Fred Experience
will have visited over
1,000 schools
by 2023
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Over
6,000
engaging performances
by 2023
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6 interactive performances
per day
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Written and designed for
Key Stages
1 + 2
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Evaluated
and recommended by the
University of Kent
and Sussex

Evidence Base, Objectives
& Measurement

Evidence Base

The Fantastic FRED Experience resource is based on Good Mental Health Matters's '5 Steps' to protect mental and emotional wellbeing. These were 'Eat Well', 'Sleep Well', 'Digital Devices', 'Exercise', 'Positivity'.

The 5 Steps were developed by clinicians including GP Mental Health Clinical Leads and Therapists in 2016. They reflect recent findings regarding mindfulness in schools and protective factors against risk that adolescents can use to build resilience.

These steps were adapted to ensure the product was age appropriate for a primary school audience, which resulted in the FRED acronym (Food, Rest, Exercise and Digital).

Objectives

The Fantastic FRED Experience intends to contribute to the delivery of 3 key outcomes in support of the ambitions of Local Transformation Plans:

1. To build resilience amongst children and young people.

2. To reduce the number of children and young people with a diagnosable mental health condition by age 14.

3. To prevent deterioration of mental health which may otherwise lead to requirement of specialist mental health services later in life.

The objective of the resource is to provide children, families, and schools with the tools needed to build
resilience and keep mentally and emotionally healthy.

Measurement
  • Number of schools engaged

  • Number of schools using resource including online elements

  • Numbers of CYP participants engaged

  • Numbers of parents/carers engaged

  • Feedback questionnaire completed by participating schools

Fantastic FRED
Performance Videos

Part 1: Say Hello

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Part 2: Food

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Part 3: Rest

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Part 4: Exercise

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Part 5: Devices

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Fantastic FRED
Whole School Resources

The Fantastic FRED Experience provides a suite of supportive supplementary resources for schools use prior to and following the live event. The performances are supported by materials and classroom resources designed to provide a foundation for the core mental health messages to continue being delivered by teachers after the live experience has visited the school.

Classroom Activity Sheets

Teacher Lesson Plans

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Family Engagement Resources

The Fantastic FRED Experience includes whole-family focussed resources designed to reinforce key messages at home, and to educate parents and guardians on the benefits of proactive, preventative mental health and emotional resilience. We work with each school to determine the most appropriate mechanism for delivery to parents and guardians.

Child Take Home Resource

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Parent Pre-Visit Video

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Parent Post-Visit Video

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Testimonials

What headteachers are saying
"Highly enthusiastic presentation alongside the knowledge-rich content."
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"The actors enthralled the children who thought the experience was amazing."

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"We were told by parents that their children went home and spoke about the show."

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"Parents on the gate the next day were talking about the experience and how the children had been informing their parents."
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"My class remembered so many facts and the FRED acronym really stuck in their heads."

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"The children are still talking about FRED and we will be following up with reminders in assembly and PSHE."

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