UPDATE NO 386 17 January 2020

Newsletters 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 […]

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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 2019-20 can be found here.

UPDATE NO 386 17 January 2020


Friday 24 February – AD Education Network meeting


The next meeting of the AD Education Network will be on Friday 24th January 2020 – 10.30-12.30. The main focus for the meeting is the attainment and progress of vulnerable learners.

The Children Missing Education group now has its own webpage. This contains restricted material, so access is via password. Please contact Chris Owen (details below) for more information about accessing this resource.

Action Required:

The following dates have also been fixed: 

  • 6 March 2020 – Joint meeting with SEND Network with a focus on the inclusion and achievement of vulnerable learners at SEN support
  • 5 June 2020                
  • 25 September 202

For more details of this meeting and the AD Education Network activity please click here or contact Chris Owen (details below).


Pass the parcel: children posted around the care system


The Children’s Commissioner has published (24 December 2019) a report “Pass the parcel: children posted around the care system” 

There are over 30,000 looked after children living ‘out of area’ in England. This is 41% of all children in care and has risen by 13% since 2014. Over 11,000 of these children are more than 20 miles from what they would call home, with over 2,000 further than a hundred miles away.

Action Required:

The report makes three recommendations:

1. That the Government should include the subject of children in care outside of their local areas in its upcoming review of the care system

2. That the DfE should tackle six specific issues relating to residential care home provision, financing, staffing etc

3. Ofsted should ensure that its inspections of local authority children’s services effectively capture the experiences of children living away from their hometowns.


Improving data on child sexual abuse – practical guide – produced by the Centre for Expertise on CSA


To improve the quality and consistency of the data on CSA that organisations collect in the delivery of their services, the CSA Centre has developed a core dataset – the CSA data collection template – which sets out a recommended list of information that organisations responding to CSA should be collecting, and how they should be recording it.

There is a practical guide on implementing the recommendations

There is an excel speadsheet template


Action Required:

The CSA data collection template includes data fields and categories across four sections relating to:

  1. the victims of abuse
  2. the people who commit it
  3. the context of the abuse
  4. the services involved in responding to it.

If these core data fields were routinely and consistently recorded by agencies, it would significantly improve agencies individual and collective local understanding of CSA.  The data collection template sets out a list of 30 data fields with recommended definitions to be used by services working with CSA cases to support them to improve their data collection and therefore their capacity to extract meaningful insights and improve practice.



Improving Behaviour in Schools: Evidence Review December 2019


The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published a literature review “Improving Behaviour in Schools” conducted by a team from the University of Exeter.

“This EEF guidance report is designed to support senior leaders in primary and secondary schools to make better-informed decisions about their behaviour strategies. It includes a number of practical examples of programmes and approaches that should be helpful in schools and classrooms where behaviour is generally good as where there are problems.”

Action Required:

EEF summarise the conclusions in these 6 recommendations:

  1. Know and understand your pupils and their influences
  2. Teach learning behaviours alongside managing misbehaviour
  3. Use classroom management strategies to support good classroom behaviour
  4. Use simple approaches as part of your regular routine
  5. Tailor targeted approaches to meet the needs of individuals in your school
  6. Whole-school: Consistency and coherence at a whole-school level are paramount

The full 121-page report is here

Reminders from previous weeks


Developing Models of Social Work Project – Hold the Date Monday 8 June 2020


The Developing Models of Social Work Summer Conference will be held on Monday 8 June at the Arora Hotel Gatwick.

Action Required:

More details of this project can be found here, or from Diane Williamson (contact details below)


Recent DfE publications

Action Required:

3. Local authority interactive tool (LAIT), an interactive spreadsheet for comparing data about children and young people across all local authorities in England. Published 20 December 2019

4. Widening Participation in Higher Education, England, 2017/18 age cohort – Official Statistics published 17 December 2019


Developing Quality Assurance Capacity – 11 February


The next meeting of the QA leads will be held on 11 February at the LGA offices in London.  By the end of the meeting the group plans to have a proposal for the agreed common components of a Quality Assurance Framework to be shared with the DCS group.  The group will also start work on developing a shared understanding of “good practice” and what good quality assurance looks like.

Action Required:

A restricted area is being set up on the SESLIP website so that authorities can share Quality Assurance Frameworks, practice standards and audit processes and tools.

For more details of the Developing Quality Assurance Capacity project please contact Diane Williamson (details below)


ASGLB Making Better Use of Data Workshops – 31 January and 14 February


The ASGLB is undertaking a review of whether we are making good use of all the data that is already collected in relation to children in care, and in particular with respect to special guardianship and adoption.

To provide a framework for the review, they have drafted a Data Model to provide a structure for their thinking. This is intended to address both adoption and special guardianship with respect to children who are taken into care. 

Action Required:

  1. Permanency Planning – are appropriate permanence plans for children in place in a timely manner?
  2. Securing Permanency – is permanency achieved for a child without unnecessary delay?
  3. Maintaining Permanency – once permanency is achieved, are we maintaining it so that children are able to thrive?

As part of this review ASGLB are running three workshops which will be held at Coram Campus, London WC1N 1AZ on:

  • 18 December 2019 (Permanency Planning) – (already held)
  • 31 January 2020 (Securing Permanency) – book here
  • 14 February 2020 (Maintaining Permanency) – book here

The ASGLB want these workshops to be attended by people who can help them define the Data model as well as those who are familiar with the data currently. For more information follow the links provided above.

Tools & Templates

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan which will underpin activities in 2019-20.

Pass the parcel: children posted around the care system published by the Children’s Commissioner 24 December 2019

Improving Behaviour in Schools an evidence review published 21 December 2019 by EEF

Improving data on child sexual abuse – practical guide published by the Centre for Expertise on CSA 21 December 2019

Local Authority Interactive Tool (LAIT) version 20 updated 20 December 2019

Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) 2020-21 published 19 December 2019

Widening Participation in Higher Education, England, 2017/18 age cohort – Official Statistics published 17 December 2019

Expenditure by Local Authorities and Schools on Education, Children’s and Young People’s Services in England, 2018-19 published 13 December 2019

Looked After Children Statistics 2018/19 published 5 December 2019

Estimating the size of disadvantage gap, taking into account KS4 off-rolling published by FFT 5 December 2019

England’s PISA 2018 results, with an international comparison of reading, maths and science performance of 15-year-old pupils published 3 December 2019

Initial teacher training: trainee number census 2019 to 2020 published 28 November 2019

Further Education, Apprenticeships and Skills 2018-19 published 28 November 2019

ADCS 2019 Elective Home Education Survey published 19 November 2019

Practice Guidance: Placements in unregistered children’s homes in England published by the President of the Family Division 13 November 2019

The NSPCC had published an evaluation of Together for Childhood 8 November 2019

Learning from the Safeguarding Early Adopter Programme was published by NCB on 8 November 2019

Further Education Pathways – securing a successful and healthy life after education published by EPI on 7 November 2019

DfE Children in Need and Children Subject to Child Protection Plans Statistics published 7 November 2019

Condition Improvement Fund: Information for academies, sixth-form colleges and non-diocesan Voluntary Aided (VA) schools updated 4 November 2019

Social care questionnaires 2019: what children and young people told Ofsted published 1 November 2019

PE and sport premium for primary schools updated 1 November 2019

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:

Contact Details

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


07925 148597

LGA Children’s Improvement Adviser: Helen Watson (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07810 011892

Education Network: Chris Owen (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07825 862330

SESLIP Education Data Group Lead: Daryl Perilli (Brighton and Hove)


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


07872 014083

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


07931 586784

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


07803 147072

Adoption; Fostering; Kinship and Early Help Regional Networks: Rebecca Eligon (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07944 996219

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


07880 787007

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