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Welcome to Bright Futures School for Children with Autism. We are a GOOD school, as judged by OFSTED - December 2018.
Bright Futures School specialises in provision for children with autism aged between 5 and 16 years old and brings a new approach to autism education.
We focus on the core difficulties that lie at the heart of autism. These include problems with rigid thinking, managing uncertainty and change, social interaction and understanding and managing emotions. These are the difficulties that are at the root of distressed (challenging) behaviour.
To us, social and emotional development of children with autism is just as important as academic achievement.
We take the view, supported by research, that academic achievement without appropriate social and emotional development leaves autistic children with a poor quality of life, as well as poor life chances. We therefore focus our work on the difficulties that lie at the heart of autism. Our starting point is to mirror the developmental steps that children have missed during infancy in order that they have a second chance to develop their ability to:
- Share experience
- Take different perspectives and think flexibly
- Cope with setbacks and challenges
- Solve problems creatively
Many of our activities, projects and areas of study can readily be located within the framework of the National Curriculum but the way that Bright Futures staff relate to pupils and the range of interactions between staff and pupils is what makes the school so different. Whilst we anticipate measured progress with the 'three R's', we view the real test of progress as the ability of Bright Futures children to make and maintain meaningful relationships; to adapt their thinking and behaviour to everyday real life challenges and to lead a happier and more fulfilling life.