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Blackpool charity that helps troubled children is given top Ofsted score

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A children’s charity that helps around 65 ‘hard to reach’ vulnerable youngsters, many from chaotic backgrounds, has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

The education watchdog gave Aspired Futures, in Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, its top possible score after a recent inspection.

Inspector Denise Farrington praised the ‘dedicated’ managers, ‘highly-skilled staff’, and the ‘rich range of highly-stimulating activities’.

“The dedicated and inspirational managers and staff share a passionate vision and profound commitment to the children they support at this unique setting,” she wrote in her report.

“Together, they reflect deeply on the quality of service they provide to ensure children receive the best possible care and support.

“Staff are highly skilled in using their expert knowledge and teaching, to extend and complement children’s experiences in school.

“[They] are superb role models who manage children’s behaviour exceptionally well. They talk with children and explain why some behaviours are not appropriate, teaching them valuable skills to help control their feelings in a range of situations. Positive praise and a range of highly motivating rewards are used to celebrate appropriate behaviours.”