If you would like to know more about these workstreams or the others in the Programme, click on the main section icons shown above.

At SESLIP we are always on the look-out for good ideas that might be better implemented regionally rather than locally. If you have any suggestions, please contact Richard Tyndall, SESLI Programme Manager (details below). 

Our Regional Improvement Plan for 2021-2022 (October 2021) can be found here

UPDATE NO 476 22nd October 2021


Political leadership of effective Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) systems. 10 Nov 2021 1.30pm to 4.00pm.


LGA online workshop for Lead Members of Children’s Services, Scrutiny Chairs and other political influencers who shape the leadership of SEND.

This session will build on and complement the Leadership Essentials course for Children’s Services and provides an opportunity to focus in more depth on political leadership of the SEND agenda.

The event will explore a range of challenges in relation to improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND and their families including strategic leadership, effective partnerships and understanding what makes a SEND system effective. There will be opportunities to hear from councils that have demonstrated good practice, and a chance for delegates to network and share their own experiences.

Action Required

Speakers have now been confirmed for the first workshop in our thematic series, we are very excited to have:

  • Councillor Anntoinette Bramble, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for education, young people and children’s social care, London Borough of Hackney and Chair, LGA Children and Young People Board, chairing the afternoon
  • Tony McArdle, Chair of SEND Systems Leadership Board and independent adviser to the current SEND Review, who will be sharing his thoughts on the SEND delivery landscape, giving an overview of the national perspective.
  • Edwina Grant OBE, Chair of the ADCS Health, Care and Additional Needs Policy Committee and Executive Director of Education and Children’s Services, Lancashire County Council and, will speak from the ADCS perspective in relation to the SEND improvement journey for Local Authorities.
  • Dame Christine Lenehan, Director, Council for Disabled Children, will speak from the partnership perspective in relation to embedding a whole systems approach to SEND

This workshop is free to members and will be delivered via Zoom, book a place on Eventbrite. If you have any queries please contact Sangeeta.Bowman-York@local.gov.uk.


Implementing Family Hubs - free online conference 2 November 2021 9:30-15:00


The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is hosting a virtual conference on Implementing Family Hubs on 2 November 2021. 

The event will launch the pilot of the Family Hubs Implementation Toolkit: a collection of coproduced resources aimed to support Local Authorities, Health, Education and VCS teams to implement Family Hubs in their local area. 

Action Required

The event is suitable for Leaders, commissioners, or managers from Local Authorities, Health/CCGs, Education, or Voluntary and Community Sector.

Tutors will be Dr Camilla RosanKate DalzellProfessor Peter FonagyDonna MolloyBen Lewing

You can register here

Reminders From Previous Weeks

Key dates

Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: Friday 3 December - Joint meeting with DCSs. More information from Alison Michalska (contact details below)

Data Benchmarking: Thursday 9 December 2021. More information from Alastair Lee (contact details below)

Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board: More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)


AD EducationFriday 12 November - 10.00am. More information from Chris Owen (contact details below)

AD Safeguarding: Friday 10 December 2021. More information from Mark Evans (contact details below)

QA Network: Friday 10 December 2021. 2pm - 5pm. More information from Amanda Meadows (contact details below)

Fostering Network: More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

SEND SE19: LA and Health SEND Conversation 30 November 2021 More information from Tracey Maytas (contact details below)

Key dates

Data to Insight - National Project - October 2021 Briefing


The DfE has announced its support for the next phase of development of the Data to Insight national project, hosted by East Sussex. 


It has approved a £10,000 contribution for each of nine english regions as part of the Regional Recovery Fund settlement.

You can read the latest news from the project here.

Key dates

Recent DfE announcements


1. Planned LA expenditure for schools, high needs, early years and children’s services for 2021-22 (s251).

2. East Sussex, Reading and Surrey included in post-16 pupil premium pilot areas


3. Free school meals guidance, including extension to NRPF families and some information about being able to access Household Support Fund. 

4. East KentPortsmouth and Buckinghamshire included in FE College professional development grants pilot areas

5. Amount and payment schedule for recovery premium payments during 2021-22. 

Tools & Templates

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan (October 2021) which will underpin activities in 2021-2022 

Levelling up: Five questions about what the government means by the phrase published by the Institute for Government on 22 September

Guidance on the Child House model of support published by DfE on 13 September 2021 

Health needs assessment for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) published by DHSC on 9 September 2021

Proposed CPD increase consultation response published by Social Work England on 3 September 2021

School-led tutoring grant published by DfE on 2 September 2021

Guidance on the trial to extend powers of the SEND tribunal published by DfE on 1 September 2021 

National Adoption Strategy published by DfE on 26 July 2021

Tackling violence against women and girls strategy published by DfE on 21 July 2021

Strengthening Home Education published by the House of Commons Education Select Committee on 21 July 2021

National funding formula tables for schools and high needs: 2022 to 2023 published by DfE 19 July 2021

KCSIE 2021 published by DfE 6 July 2021 and NSPCC CASPAR Briefing explaining the changes

Initial teacher training (ITT) market review consultation by DfE which closes on 22 August 2021, launched 5 July 2021

System conditions and welfare inequalities in children’s services published by Nuffield Foundation on 30 June 2021

Behaviour management strategies, in-school units and managed moves - DfE consultation published 29 June closes 10 August 2021

Fostering the future – Helping local authorities to fulfil their legal duties published by Social market Foindation 25 June 2021

The MoC area of the Seslip website now includes the latest versions of key documents, including the:

SESLIP Contact Details

Data and Information Manager: Alastair Lee
01273 481468
LGA Children's Improvement Adviser: Alison Michalska
07920 727626
Head of Sector Led Improvement and Service Development: Alison Smailes
Children’s Services Performance Manager, Convener Of SE Quality Assurance Network: Amanda Meadows
03707 794752
Education Network: Chris Owen
07825 862330
SESLIP Education Data Group Lead: Daryl Perilli
NHS (SE) Clinical lead for CYP mental health: Gavin Lockhart
South East Grid for Learning - Consortium Manager: Heather Hadfield
07931 506487 or 0118 978 9679
Isabelle Gregory
07931 586784
CSC Workforce and DfE Project Phase 2 Lead: Mark Evans
07803 147072
Adoption & SG; Fostering; and Early Help Regional Networks: Rebecca Eligon
07944 996219
SESLI Programme Manager: Richard Tyndall
07880 787007
S.E. Region SEND Network Co-ordinator: Tracey Maytas
02392 437680