Kent’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups launched free teaching resources for Kent’s Year 6 to 13 pupils in May 2018 as part of the Good Mental Health Matters programme. The offer includes videos, lesson plans and quizzes. All content was shared with young people and teachers, and the actors selected to present videos were chosen by young people.
March 2019 saw the launch of The Fantastic FRED Experience, a free teaching resource for Kent’s primary schools. Inside a pop-up classroom, children take part in an interactive, live performance where they help a character called Fantastic FRED learn about some simple steps they can take to look after their own mental health. There are also free online teaching resources for use to reinforce the messages.
The Fantastic FRED Experience was developed with the assistance from teachers, our children's mental health provider and KCC educational psychologists. Two pilot schools took part in testing the resource concept in February 2019 and feedback was used to further improve the performance and script to make it more relevant to children. These schools also participated in further teacher surveys and pupil evaluation activities in December 2019 to measure the level of impact and recollection of the core campaign messaging.
It has been so well received that it is fully booked until July 2021.