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Children’s services host first Reading-wide climate change conference for headteachers

01 November 2019

Brighter Futures for Children is paving the way for every school in Reading to have UN-accredited climate change teacher. On 4 November, the education arm of the Reading-based children’s services is hosting a climate change conference for headteachers and their nominated individual teacher from each school, to learn more about becoming UN-accredited in teaching and …

Reading’s children’s services no longer inadequate

28 October 2019

A joint statement from Reading Brough Council and us. Brighter Futures for Children, the Reading Borough Council-owned company which took over children’s services ten months ago, has successfully moved the service out of its ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating in all four judgement areas. Ofsted inspectors visited the service between September 16-27 for a full inspection and …

‘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 …