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A child or young person who has a special educational need or disability (SEND) may need some extra help to get the best out of their education and learning. A child or young person with SEND can usually be supported from the resources which early year’s settings, schools, and colleges have available to them (SEND Support). However, some children or young people with very severe and long-term needs may require an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) issued by Brighter Futures for Children.

The advice pages below and the searchable records within "View all Services" explain what early years settings, schools, and colleges can provide for children with SEND and what specialist facilities, including special schools, are available. 

Reviewed August 2023

SEND Support in mainstream schools

SEND Support in mainstream schools - This information is about the support that mainstream schools should provide for children with special educational needs (SEND).

Accessibility Strategy 2023 - 2025 - Brighter Futures for Children

Click here  BFfC Accessiblity Strategy 2023-2025 view the document. 

Information for professionals - School Effectiveness Service BFfC

Education services BFfC offer to schools in Reading

The School Effectiveness team provide an extensive range of bespoke services and training to all maintained, academies, free and independent schools. We are also involved in key projects with schools to improve standards and outcomes for pupils in Reading.

If you would like to talk to someone about the services and training we provide, please contact the School Effectiveness Service on 0118 937 4988 or email

To find out more click here to view the informaiton on the Brighter Futures for Children website

Information for professionals - Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) BFfC

Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) guidance

These pages have been produced by Brighter Futures for Children to provide good EBSA guidance to educational settings in Reading. The content is based on the current evidence-based literature, best practice and information sourced from Educational Psychology (EPS) services across the UK. We particularly acknowledge Sheffield EPS, Staffordshire EPS, Lancashire EPS, West Sussex EPS and Kirklees EPS. 

To find out more click here to visit the Brighter Futures for Children website

Parent Guide to School Attendance FAQs - BFfC

Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) have put together a Parent Guide to School Attendance FAQ' (September 2023) - click here to view the document.

Related Advice

ORDINARILY AVAILABLE statement - Provision the local authority (BFfC) expects to be made available by schools, early years and post-16 providers & SEND Support in Mainstream Schools Education Health & Care Plans (EHCP) EHC Needs Assessment - Timeline - Reading Guide for Parents & Carers Education Health & Care Plans (EHCP) - Annual Review Process Graduated Response Documents for Early Years & Schools Reading Information, Advice & Support Service for SEND (SENDIASS) Brighter Futures for Children - Reading School Admissions SEND Guide for Parent Carers Alternative Provision Exclusion/suspension from school – A Guide for Parents SEND Process Transitioning Through School Years & Beyond SEND - Support in school and further education Disagreements, Mediation, Tribunals & Appeals Transition - Becoming an adult and preparing for the future Disabled Students' Allowance
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Family Information Service 0118 937 3777 OPTION 2 0118 937 3777 OPTION 2

SEND Local Offer 0118 937 3777 OPTION 2 0118 937 3777 OPTION 2

Adult & Carers Support 0118 937 3747 0118 937 3747
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