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‘Outstanding’ rating for our children’s home

09 August 2019

Pinecroft, one of two children’s homes run in Reading by the newly-formed Brighter Futures for Children, has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted after an unannounced inspection visit recently. The inspector awarded ‘Outstanding’ ratings to all three key areas – the overall experiences and progress of children, how well children and young people were helped …

Progress is slow but we’re upbeat about our future plans

19 July 2019

Ofsted has today (19/7/19) published its findings on its second monitoring visit since Brighter Futures for Children took over children’s services from Reading Borough Council in December 2018. It was their ninth monitoring visit since children’s services were rated inadequate in 2016. Link to Ofsted monitoring visit report Inspectors visited on June 26-27. They reviewed …

Official Opening of New Autism Resource Centre in Reading

27 June 2019

Joint press release with Reading Borough Council A NEW resource centre for children with autism is being officially opened in Reading next week. The Blessed Mary Ward Centre, located at Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School in Southcote, will provide 30 places for youngsters with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The new £1.9m provision is part of …

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 …