UPDATE NO 309 06 July 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 309 06 July 2018


Consultation on 2018-19 DCS Peer Challenge Arrangements


The draft “trial run” version of the SESLIP Improvement Plan for 2018-19 has been circulated to DCSs today. Many thanks to all those who took the time to fill in our survey and helped create the document.

We are looking forward to the debate at the SE ADCS meeting next week on Friday 13 July, and to receiving individual feedback about the style and format of the plan. Anna Wright (details below) will be in touch to begin the process of matching “asks” and “offers”.

Action Required:

The draft plan is 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. 

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 some 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)

Reminders from previous weeks


SEND – LGA Regional Workshop



LGA would like to invite council members and officers to a regional workshop to discuss good SEND practice in local areas.

The workshops will cover key strategic themes, including:

  1. strategic partnership working and co-production with parents / carers and young people;
  2. partnership working and joint commissioning across education, health and care;
  3. identifying and assessing young people’s needs;
  4. building inclusive capacity in mainstream schools and settings, and providing targeted support for inclusion;
  5. developing, planning and commissioning responsive, effective local specialist provision; and
  6. preparation for adulthood.

Full details here

Action Required:

Who should attend?

The workshops are for elected members and officers with responsibility for SEND. Lead Members for children’s services, Directors of Children’s Services, Assistant Directors and Heads of Service and with responsibility for SEND, access and inclusion are warmly invited to attend. While the workshops are primarily aimed at councils, other local partner organisations would also be welcome to attend. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis so please apply as soon as possible. More than one colleague from each local area is welcome to attend.

London (for London and the South-East region) – Tuesday 10 July. For other dates and venues click here


SE DCS Peer Challenge 2018


Planning is underway for 2 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).

Action Required:

Triad Host Visitor Observer Challenge Session Date Fieldwork Date
1 Oxfordshire  Milton Keynes Portsmouth  Feb 2018 23 & 24 July 2018
2 Hampshire Windsor and Maidenhead Brighton and Hove 7 September 2018 8 & 9 November 2018

The visiting teams are now all confirmed. Thanks to colleagues from Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, Kent, Bracknell Forest and Southampton for volunteering to join the teams. 


New DCS only restricted area of the website


The new restricted area for DCS-eyes only is now up and running. 

Isabelle (details below) will be in touch with DCSs to issue instructions and passwords and help with any access problems.

Action Required:

This area will be used for sharing confidential documents of interest. 

Please contact Isabelle (details below) if you wish to post new material

Tools & Templates

SESLIP Leadership Development Prospectus

SEND Inspection Preparation: Self Evaluation Framework Peer Review Guidance

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

The revised guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 was released on the 20 May 2018 and can be found here. 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.

Contact Details

SESLIP Consultant: Isabelle Gregory (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07931 586784

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