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SEND Update

30 May 2019

Brighter Futures for Children fully recognises the national pressure on funding for SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities). Since we took over the delivery of the SEND service from Reading Borough Council in December 2018, we have been working hard to ensure the resources we have are focused correctly on the needs of children and …

It’s Foster Care Fortnight and we’re on a mission to help keep children local to Reading

13 May 2019

Brighter Futures for Children’s fostering team is embarking on a huge campaign during Foster Care Fortnight to encourage more people to become foster carers in Reading. ‘We want everyone in Reading to support our campaign to keep as many of the children who come into our care local,’ said Brighter Futures for Children’s Managing Director …

Ofsted notes speed and effectiveness of response time for children at risk

08 May 2019

Reading’s children’s services’ response to concerns about children at risk is quick and effective, according to a report by Ofsted inspectors published today (8 May). Ofsted inspectors found the service offered by Brighter Futures for Children’s CSPoA (Children’s Single Point of Access) mirrors improvements made when the service was last inspected in 2017. During the …

 More pupils get first choice primary school place this year

16 April 2019

Reading’s new children’s company, Brighter Futures for Children, has made sure all primary school pupils in the borough have a place for September, with 87% (1,644 pupils) getting their first choice and only 1% (36 pupils) offered a divert option. The number of applications for places at Reading’s primary schools has decreased for the third …

64% of Reading students get first choice school on National Offer Day

01 March 2019

This year, Reading schools have been more popular than ever, with a greater number of residents choosing schools in the Borough than schools outside it. Reading Girls has increased in popularity this year and the WREN School, Highdown School and Maiden Erlegh, Reading all continue to be popular choices. Reading’s new children’s company, Brighter Futures …

Support for Parents/Carers of Secondary Students in Reading – Self Harm Support – 27 February

22 February 2019

The Reading Young Peoples’ Emotional Wellbeing Partnership is delighted to offer a series of opportunities for parents/carers to find out more about a range of difficulties that young people may be facing, and how they can best support their child. The team of Educational Psychologists and Primary Mental Health Workers who work closely with school …