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Helping parents, schools, and professionals to navigate the complex legal system of special educational needs and Education, Health & Care Plans.

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Bright Futures accreditation for SEN professionals

Bright Futures


We are really really excited to announce that we are now offering an accreditation scheme for all the professionals out there that offer EHCP reports to families. 

What it means for you:

1) Your reports will be quality assured in relation to the Code of Practice, by the Bright Futures Team

2) If you need the criteria for the accreditation, you will have a profile on Bright Futures’ website. We work with over 300 families each year who need excellent reports and understanding professionals, with superb knowledge of EHCPs, tribunals and Code of Practice.

3) You can use your accreditation  ‘gold star’ label when you talk to families, on your website and on your letter heads! Let families know that you have achieved the ‘Gold Star’, and are therefore an accredited professional that they can rely on. My families only use the professionals quality assured by Bright Futures. The Gold Star accreditation will assure families

4) Your details will be included in recommendations when reports are needed

5) You will have monthly access to newsletters with key legislation updates via Bright Futures

6) You will have 50% discount on professional webinars and 1:1 bespoke coaching sessions

7) You will have free access to the annual Bright Futures professional conference

The above package of accreditation is currently worth £550 for 1 year membership. Email now for discounted rate of £300 for 1 year! £50 payable on submission of

Watch this space! Applications will launch officially on 9th May 2018. There will be limited spaces available so get your applications in. We will announce our ‘gold stars’ on 1st June 2018!

we are so excited for you to be part of the Bright Futures community! Good luck! 

5 top tips on being a good 'Expert Witness' for families

Bright Futures


1) Stay true to your own professional judgement but do not be afraid to raise concerns 

It is so important that you stay true to your own professional opinion and know what you are stating and why you are making such statements. Your views and opinions could be quoted in future tribunal orders, and decisions will be based upon any evidence you give in the SEN tribunal. If you do not feel that others have used their professional judgement appropriately, speak to the family/representative, or when the time is right, raise this with the Judge.

2) Make sure you understand all of the Tribunal Rules

There are so many things to know that sometimes only experience can tell. However, some things to know are how to address the Judge, when it is necessary to speak, how to cross-examine the other party's expert witnesses, what a submission and the importance of deadlines.

3) Understand your obligation to the first-tier tribunal as a professional expert witness

Any evidence you submit to the family is bound by a Statement of Truth, which you must also submit at the end of your report. Any statement you make in the hearing itself is deemed as verbal/oral evidence, and may be written down by the SEN tribunal judge and later used to make a decision.

4) Know your own report inside out

Sometimes when you are thinking about everything else, it is easy to forget what you actually wrote! You may be asked to refer to key parts of your report, so make sure you know what your recommendations are, and also where to find them in the 'bundle'. Make sure you ask the family or their representative for the full 'bundle'. This could contain information that you may be asked to comment upon, within your professional opinion.

5) Know how EHCPs should be written!

The Code of Practice and subsequent Case Law is available online for you to research and familiarise yourself with. Your report will be supporting either need or provision within an EHCP so it is really important that you know which bits of the Code of Practice you are adhering to. It may be that certain wording in your report amounts to certain decisions being made on the day. It can seem little, but it can have a massive impact.

If you need to find out more, sign up to our new training webinar here!