UPDATE NO 303 25 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 303 25 May 2018


Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018


Following 10 weeks of consultation, the revised guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 was released on the 20 May 2018 and can be found here.

Action Required:

The statutory guidance will come into force on 3 September 2018 and will replace KCSiE 2016. One key addition is a new part (part 5) on advice for schools on responding to and supporting young victims of sexual violence and harassment. NSPCC has produced a briefing document highlighting the main changes in the new version compared to the current one. It can be found here.


GDPR, SEGfL and Education


Heather Hadfield of SEGfL writes:

In order that we can support member schools through GDPR, SEGfL can now offer an outsourced DPO service for schools, if required. The service is being provided by Data Protection Education with support where necessary from relevant qualified colleagues from within our member local authorities (through traded services). 

Action Required:

For more information about this or any of the SEGfL services, please contact Heather Hadfield (details below)


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 early October December 2018 tbc
3 Hampshire Windsor and Maidenhead Brighton and Hove 7 September 2018 8 & 9 November 2018

I now have one vacancy to join the team to visit Hampshire in November; thanks to colleagues from Brighton and Hove, Kent, Bracknell Forest and Southampton for volunteering to join the teams. Please contact Richard Tyndall in the first instance if you wish to join the Hampshire team.

Reminders from previous weeks


Consultation on 2018-19 DCS Peer Challenge Arrangements


Work is now underway on a “trial run” to create a regional improvement plan for 2018/19. We are aiming to bring a draft to the SE ADCS meeting on 13 July.

This work will be based on three separate views of regional priorities: a survey of published Ofsted reports; the regional benchmarking data; and the “offer” and “ask” identified by each DCS. It will include existing improvement offers from SESLIP, LGA and Partners in Practice.

Action Required:

All SE DCSs have last week received an email invitation to identify priorities for the emerging regional improvement plan. We are using a “non-stigmatising” approach, which assumes that all authorities have, in part, excellent practice that can help others; and that all authorities have immediate improvement needs. We will share these contributions along with our data analysis and literature review with DCSs before the 13 July meeting.

If you have any questions please contact Anna Wright or Richard Tyndall (details below)


AD Education Network


The AD Education Network meets next on Friday 15 June (details from Alison Rendle below). Maria Dawes (Deputy Director, South East and South London) and Kate Dethridge (Deputy Director North West London & South Central) will be joining the meeting.

Action Required:

New arrangements for booking your place

In order to simplify administration processes, Alison has set up an Eventbrite page for these meetings. Please follow this link to book your place https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/seslip-ad-education-network-156-tickets-45888633137


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.

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