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National fostering film project launches in Reading

12 October 2021

Brighter Futures for Children is joining fostering services across the country for the national release of a new short film commissioned by the largest collaboration of local councils, children’s trusts and not-for-profit agencies from all over England. The unique film project, developed by the West Midlands Regional Fostering Recruitment Forum, is now working with councils …

Brighter Futures for Children celebrates Sons and Daughters Month

04 October 2021

Children of foster carers play a vital role in helping children or young people in care feel welcome and part of their foster family. We are celebrating their contribution in Reading during Sons and Daughters Month this October. Brighter Futures for Children’s Independent Fostering Agency (IFA) will be highlighting the positive impact foster carers’ own …

Cressingham children’s home remains ‘Outstanding’

21 September 2021

A Reading children’s home run by Brighter Futures for Children has retained its ‘Outstanding’ rating following a recent full Ofsted inspection. Cressingham provides short breaks for up to six children at a time who have learning or physical disabilities, sensory impairments, or a combination of these. The inspector awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating in the three …

The Lodge nursery rated ‘Good’

10 September 2021

A nursery run by Brighter Futures for Children has been judged ‘Good’ following a full Ofsted inspection. The Lodge, at Southcote Children’s Centre, provides full day care for up to 42 children aged two to four-years-old. The inspector awarded a ‘Good’ rating in all the key areas of: quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal …

Successful bid to improve support for disadvantaged families

06 September 2021

Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) has successfully bid for government funding to develop a programme which will improve services for families in Reading and beyond. Around £915,000 has been awarded to BFfC by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) from the Local Data Accelerator Fund. The bid was submitted in collaboration with …

GCSE exam results 2021

12 August 2021

Students have been receiving their GCSE exam results across Reading today. For the second consecutive year, the government said that GCSE exams could not be held this summer because of the disruption students faced due to the pandemic. Instead, teachers were asked to assess the standard of work each student had achieved in their subjects …

Reading AS/A level results 2021

10 August 2021

Young people across Reading have been receiving their A-level results this morning. As last year, the government decided A-level exams could not be held this summer because of the disruption students faced due to the pandemic. Instead, teachers were asked to assess the standard of work each student had achieved in their subjects so the …

Young people talk about mental health challenges of the pandemic

30 July 2021

Young ambassadors for a Reading youth counselling service have produced a series of videos discussing mental health issues related to the pandemic. No5 counselling service for children and young people has joined forces with Reading Borough Council and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) to make the short videos to offer support as we come out …