UPDATE NO 300 04 May 2018

Newsletters 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 […]

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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 300 04 May 2018


UASC Conference – Thursday 28 June – Maidstone


Kent Specialist Children’s Services Conference 2018 – “Our Journeys – Travelling Towards Success Together”

How your Local Authority can make a difference for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children & Young People.
Utilising Kent’s experience with Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Young People to focus our minds towards achieving excellent placement, educational and well-being outcomes and community integration.

Venue: Oakwood House, Oakwood Park, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 8AE

Date and Time: Thursday 28 June 2018, 9.15am – 4.00pm

Action Required:

Who should attend:
Local Authority Members Education Professionals, Social Work Practitioners, Virtual School Professionals, Fostering Practitioners, Accommodation and Health Professionals, Supporting Networks.
£75 for one delegate or £50 per delegate for 2 or more. Includes lunch.
Accommodation (limited) is available for the night before / night after the conference at the conference venue at a discounted rate. Contact Oakwood House Hotel (01622 620720) and quote ‘UASC Conference’.

Download the flyer here or the booking form here.

For more information please contact Rachel Calver at Kent Virtual School.


SE DCS Peer Challenge 2018


Planning is underway for 3 Director’s Peer Challenges in 2018. The confirmed participants and dates are in bold on the accompanying chart. 

For more details please go to the SE ADCS Peer Challenge page. Colleagues requiring a more detailed briefing should contact Anna Wright (details below).

The 2018 MoU is now available for particpants to download, sign and return. Thanks to Bracknell Forest and Brighton and Hove for returning a signed MoU.

Action Required:

Triad Host Visitor Observer Challenge Session Date Fieldwork Date
1 Oxfordshire  Milton Keynes Portsmouth  Feb 2018 23 & 24 July 2018
2 Wokingham Southampton East Sussex to be arranged to be arranged
3 Hampshire Windsor and Maidenhead Brighton and Hove 7 September 8 & 9 November 2018

Thanks to Paul Senior (DCS Wokingham) for joining Triad 2.

I now have one vacancy to join the team to visit Oxfordshire in July; thanks to colleagues from Brighton and Hove, and Kent for volunteering (names to be confirmed in due course). and one vacancy to join the team to visit Hampshire in November (thanks to colleagues from Bracknell Forest and Southampton). Please contact Richard Tyndall in the first instance if you wish to join either visiting team.

Reminders from previous weeks


Data Benchmarking Group


The following restricted reports have been added to the website last week:

*         2017-18 Q3 Adoption Benchmarking Report v1.2 (Excel)

*         2017-18 Q3 Adoption Benchmarking Report v1.2 (PDF)

Action Required:

These reports contain unaudited data and are not publicly available – hence they appear on the restricted part of the website which is accessible by members of the Data Benchmarking Group. For more information contact Alastair Lee (details below) 


SEND 19 – Education Select Committee Call for Evidence


You may already know that the Education Select Committee has launched an inquiry into support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and is inviting written evidence. Full information, some background and how to submit evidence can be found here.

The Committee is inviting written evidence on the following by 14 June 2018.

For further information please contact Tracey Maytas (details below)

Action Required:

Terms of Reference – Call for written evidence

  • Assessment of and support for children and young people with SEND
  • The transition from statements of special educational needs and Learning Disability Assessments to Education, Health and Care Plans
  • The level and distribution of funding for SEND provision
  • The roles of and co-operation between education, health and social care sectors
  • Provision for 19-25-year olds including support for independent living; transition to adult services; and access to education, apprenticeships and work

Please note that;

“In line with the general practice of select committees, the Education Committee resolved on 12 September 2017 to not investigate individual cases. The Committee understands that personal experiences will form an important part of many submissions, but requests that any written evidence directly addresses the terms of reference set out above.”


Consultation on 2018-19 DCS Peer Challenge Arrangements


The consultation on 2018-19 DCS Peer Challenge Arrangements is now closed. A report recommending arrangements will be considered by the SESLIP Steering Group on 11 May. The membership of this group is Stuart Gallimore (DCS East Sussex) (in the chair); Alison Jeffery (DCS Portsmouth); John Coughlan (CEx Hampshire); Cllr Gareth Barnard (Lead Memebr, Bracknell Forest); Mona Seghal (Improvement Adviser, LGA).

We are currently working on the precise shape, costings, staffing support, dates and other details of the programme. There is still time to influence our thinking and contributions should be channelled through Richard Tyndall/Anna Wright (contact details below) or Stuart Gallimore/Alison Jeffery (contact details here).

Action Required:

The outline of the proposal will be as follows:

Autumn 2018: all DCSs complete and share a self-assessment that will be compatible with the Ofsted Annual Conversation template and including Benchmarking Data supplied by the SESLIP Data Benchmarking Group

Late Autumn: Training and preparation session for all participants in the Peer Challenge sessions (date and venue to be announced). Also circulation of menu of choices improvement offer (from PiP programme; LGA; DfE; SESLIP and other regional improvement groups and elsewhere)

Jan/Feb 2019: whole day Peer Challenge sessions in groups of 3 or 4 (details of groupings to be announced)

March 2019: Regional Summit to celebrate what’s working well and to agree “even better if” improvement priorities and SESLI Programme for 2019-20

Contact Details

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

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


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


07925 148597