UPDATE NO 214 23 September 2016

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A brief summary of the main headlines and highlights for this week are shown below. Any tools, templates or documents needed for the actions required are provided here also. 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.

UPDATE NO 214 23 September 2016


Self Evaluation Framework 2016


The South East ADCS meeting approved a Self Evaluation Framework including a strong element of Peer Challenge.

The SEF process is open to all local authorities/children’s services trusts in the south east who choose to sign the Memorandum of Understanding. Thanks to Southampton for signing and returning theirs.

Action Required:

Brighton and Hove and Southampton have joined Portsmouth as volunteers to undertake the self-evaluation. West Berkshire have offered themselves as visitors, and Milton Keynes, West Sussex and Windsor and Maidenhead have offered themselves as observers this year. I am in discussion with Oxfordshire, East Sussex and Hampshire/IoW. I look forward to receiving further responses very soon – see table below.

We have now closed this process with three Triads only proceeding. I am very close to finalising all the arrangements. Please get in touch if you think you have been missed out.

The template for the Self Evaluation Framework 2016 is available here. Thanks toSouthampton, Surrey and West Berkshire for returning signed versions.


Triad 1

Triad 2

Triad 3




Brighton and Hove



West Berkshire

Hampshire & IoW


Milton Keynes

West Sussex

Windsor and Maidenhead

To be assigned: East Sussex, Oxfordshire, Surrey

The training/orientation sessions are in November, please reserve either 2 or 11 November (at Easthampstead Park Conference Centre). More details about who should attend which day at the Self Evaluation Framework 2016 page

For a further discussion about the programme please contact Richard Tyndall (details below) in the first instance.


Leadership Development


This week saw the conclusion of two days of Step up to Leadership training delivered in Southampton. Feedback quotes included: 

“Training was excellent extremely practical with ideas to take forward with teams.”; “Very many helpful tools.”; “Useful to assist in my own time management and for my staff.”

We continue to offer our successful portfolio of Leadership Development Courses all of which have been positively evaluated by delegates.

This year we have added a new course recently piloted in Hampshire and IoW. The senior team attended a one-day Coaching to Improve Performance workshop to ensure the Directorate were fully conversant with the training undertaken by their three cohorts of managers on two-day programme and to develop their own coaching skills to use in their own performance management roles.

We are also offering LAs the opportunity to train their own trainers for all our courses. Our aim is to increase the capacity and capability across the region  to ensure future sustainability within LAs.

Action Required:

A new departure for us has been running these training courses for adult services and for schools so please contact Di Smith, details below, if this is of interest to you. 

All courses are run in-house in the LA who provides the venue. Each course is accompanied by a range of training resources for the delegates including a comprehensive handbook. The current courses on offer are as follows and details of each course and the costs for each can be found by downloading the April 2016 Leadership Development Prospectus

Coaching to Improve Performance

Embedding a Coaching Culture

Leading Change in Times of Austerity

Step Up to Leadership   

We can also arrange one-to-one coaching, especially to support newly appointed 2nd and 3rd tier managers

If you require further details or wish to book a course please get in touch with Di Smith (contact details below)


ADCS Home-to-school transport survey


Dave Hill, ADCS President has written,

ADCS would like to discover how much local authorities are spending on home-to-school transport. We are keen to establish a top-line figure of total expenditure, how much of that expenditure is in respect of transporting SEND pupils and the main issues affecting cost and demand in your local authority. Ministers are specifically looking at this issue, and a picture from local authorities will assist in our ongoing dialogue with government.

We are aware this is a complex issue, however, in order to maximise returns we are requesting simple, top-line figures and do not want to be burdensome to you and your teams.

Please respond to president@adcs.org.uk by Friday 7 October.

Thank you.

Action Required:

As an example of the top-line figures, Rotherham Council has provided us with their figures from last year (2015/16): the total expenditure on home-to-school transport was £2.959m, of which £2.325m (78.6%) related to spend on pupils with SEND.

Below are three simple questions. Your assistance with this request is greatly appreciated.


  1. How much did your LA spend in total on home-to-school transport last year (April 2015 – March 2016)? 
  1. Of that total expenditure, how much was in respect of transporting SEND pupils? 
  1. Please share the key 2 -3 issues driving demand/cost to your local area?
  • (e.g. increased number of children with SEND;
  • geography – pupils live long distance from school;
  • school places pressures;
  • placements;
  • place planning pressures such as schools opening in wrong areas or refusing to open in areas of need;
  • different term times;
  • academies ability to set own school day start/end times)





Thank you for taking the time to respond.

Reminders from previous weeks


Topical Peer Challenge Round 9


Topical Peer Challenge Round 9 has now closed with seven participants (some carried over from Round 8):

Bracknell Forest (LSCB) 26&27 January 2017; Kent (Adolescent Support Teams and Edge-of-Care Work) dates tba; Medway (CiN) November tbc; Portsmouth (CSE) 28&29 November 2016; Southampton (tbc); West Sussex (MASH) dates tba; Windsor and Maidenhead (Corporate Parenting) 14&15 November 2016.

Action Required:

The planning grid is begining to fill up with confirmed names and dates. I look forward to receiving further confirmations from colleagues involved.

I am also recruiting volunteers (thanks to Julie Davies, Hampshire) who would like to go on my “reserve list” of potential Peer Challenge visitors that I can call on to fill vacancies on the planned grid. If you would like to be considered for this list, please contact Richard Tyndall (details below)

The team to visit Portsmouth in November is now complete: thank you to Alison Alexander, Amanda Radley, Lilian Dickinson and Yvonne Kapungu for offering their time. The teams to visit Windsor and Maidenhead in November and Bracknell Forest in January are taking shape: thank you to Pinaki Ghoshal, Naintara Khosal and Mary Blanchard; and Alison Jeffery, Gill Rigg, Ann Domeney and Deborah Maynard for offering their time.

Tools & Templates

Contact Details

S.E. Region SEND Network Programme Co-ordinator: Sheelagh Sullivan (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


South East Grid for Learning – Consortium Manager: Krista Pickering (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07872 014083

SESLI Programme Manager: Richard Tyndall (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07880 787007

CSC Workforce, PSW and AD Safeguarding Network Lead: Mark Evans (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07803 147072

Data Benchmarking: Luke Ede (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07925 148597