UPDATE NO 405 29 May 2020

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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 2020-2021 can be found here.

UPDATE NO 405 29 May 2020


EEF’s evaluation of Achievement for All published today


On 29 May 2020 EEF has published an evaluation of Achievement for All (AfA), a programme that has been delivered in over 4,000 English schools. It funded an independent evaluation of the programme, conducting a randomised controlled trial in 134 primary schools to test its impact on children in Key Stage 2.

EEF says “The evaluation concluded that AfA did not improve KS2 pupils’ academic outcomes and had a detrimental effect on learning. On the basis of these highly secure findings, we recommend that schools think carefully before purchasing and using AfA. Schools currently delivering AfA should carefully monitor and evaluate whether it is having the intended impact.

Action Required:

In this trial, Achievement for All resulted in negative impacts on academic outcomes for pupils, who received the programme during five terms of Years 5 and 6 (ages 9-11).

Achievement for All is a whole-school improvement programme that aims to improve the academic and social outcomes of primary school pupils. Trained Achievement for All coaches deliver a bespoke two-year programme to schools through monthly coaching sessions which focus on leadership, learning, parental engagement and wider outcomes, in addition to focusing on improving outcomes for a target group of children (which largely consists of the lowest 20% of attainers).

Achievement for All has published case studies of effective implementation


EEF’s evaluation of an Early Years Toolbox published today


On 29 May 2020, EEF published an evaluation of The Early Years Toolbox (EYT), which is a suite of iPad-based assessments suitable for use with young children by early years settings. It includes eight short, engaging and game-like assessment apps that aim to measure abilities that research has shown to be the most predictive of later academic, social, emotional, cognitive and life outcomes.

This evaluation explored whether using the EYT apps as part of a package of professional development can influence the knowledge and practice of early years staff, what information and level of support may be needed to act on the app-based assessments and whether this intervention is ready to be implemented at scale, and therefore its impact on child outcomes tested.

Action Required:

The independent evaluation found some evidence that the intervention had the potential to positively change practitioners’ practices. Those that reported no or limited change to their practice were settings that were satisfied with their existing methods of assessment, typically school-based nurseries. There was limited evidence on whether the intervention enhanced practitioners understanding of children’s development of skills and children’s current competencies. However, those that did report improved understanding of competencies found the numeracy app most useful.

The approach of the intervention was found to be feasible, but the evaluation highlighted several areas of development needed to ensure a future trial has the best chances of showing impact, such as consistency in the cascading of training and delivery of support visits, improved practitioner advice for how to act on the results of the assessments, and improvements to the output of the assessments so they are in a form that is more user-friendly for early years staff.


NHS Wessex Senate – Webinar on Trauma informed practice in post Covid-19 recovery


This webinar on trauma informed practice in post Covid-19 recovery is provided by South East Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism (MHLDA) Cell and the University of Oxford and is being made available to system leaders across the NHS South East region.

It is intended for a multi-professional audience of frontline staff working with children, young people and families in settings such as schools, early help, hospitals and GP surgeries, as well as voluntary, community and faith sector partners. It aims to build an understanding of how trauma informed practice might help us post Covid-19, in restoration and recovery.

The webinar features Andrea King, NHS Local Authority Advisor for Hampshire Thames Valley Clinical Delivery and Networks, and Mina Fazel, Associate Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Oxford.

Reminders from previous weeks


Peer Challenge Triads – Planning for 2020-2021


As we emerge from the react – recover – reset cycle of response to the Coranavirus pandemic, we have resumed SESLIP forward planning activity.

The Peer Challenge Triads (and one Quartet) will again meet in the forthcoming winter. We are searching for dates in the window 1 December 2020 – 28 February 2021.

We are planning to support these days with two new pieces of work this summer/autumn (lockdown permitting):

  • one with the quality assurance group, who will be developing mutual support activities in the triad/quartet groupings so that they can access some of the detailed evidence that will underpin the forthcoming self-assessments, and so support a more detailed peer challenge (more from Diane Williamson contact details below);
  • another with Alison Michalska (contact details below) working with Lead Members to support appropriate scrutiny and challenge of self-assessments during each authority’s drafting process

Action Required:







29 January 2021


East Sussex



12 January 2021

West Sussex



Quartet 3



Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Milton Keynes


10 February 2021

Windsor and Maidenhead




8 February 2021

West Berkshire


Brighton and Hove



Bracknell Forest



For more details go to the 2020-2021 SE DCS Peer Challenge webpage


Developing Quality Assurance Capacity – 2 June 2020 CONFIRMED


The Quality Assurance Group will meet by video conference on 2 June 2020.

As noted above, one of the key items will be to begin planning the activity that will support the Peer Challenge process this winter.

Action Required:

Please contact Diane Williamson (details below) for more information.

The members of the Quality Assurance group are listed here

Further meetings are planned for 17 September 2020, 9 December 2020 amd 10 March 2021. More details here.


AD Safeguarding and AD Education Networks – both have their next meeting on 5 June 2020


The AD Safeguarding Network meets next by video conference on Friday 5 June at 10.00

The AD Education Network meets next by video conference on Friday 5 June at 10.30

The rescheduled joint event with the AD Education Network and SEND Network will take place on 25 September.

Action Required:

For more details about the Safeguarding Network, DCS sponsor Mac Heath, MKC, please contact Mark Evans (details below)

For more details about the Education Network, DCS sponsors Cate Duffy, Slough and Lucy Butler West Sussex, please contact Chris Owen (details below)

For more details about the SE19 SEND Network, DCS sponsor Kevin McDaniel, W&M, contact Tracey Maytas (details below)


Complex LAC Project


The Complex LAC Project has now delivered its final output to the DfE, entitled “Strategic Needs Analysis and Recommendations for Future Commissioning Arrangements”. 

For more details please contact Lucy Butler (DCS, West Sussex), Mark Evans or Rosemary Perry (details below)

Action Required:

The document has been posted on the secure area of the SESLIP website for access please consult your DCS or Isabelle Gregory (contact details below).

Chapter 15 of the document, in particular, highlights proposals for future work and the project team are now actively working on proposals in hopeful anticipation of future funding opportunities


IICSA publish new research


The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has published new research into the motives and behaviours of perpetrators of child sexual exploitation who were convicted alongside other perpetrators. 

The full report is here: An explorative study on perpetrators of child sexual exploitation convicted alongside others

Action Required:

The research is based on interviews with 26 prisoners across England and Wales. Prisoners who took part in the study were aged between 22 and 66 years old and included two women and 24 men. 

The perpetrators were convicted for a range of crimes including rape, sexual assault, taking indecent photographs, trafficking, grooming and faciliating child sex offences. The victims ranged from four months to 15 years old and were both male and female. 

Tools & Templates

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan which will underpin activities in 2020-2021

Evaluation of Achievement for All (AfA) from EEF published 29 May 2020

Webinar on trauma informed practice in post Covid-19 recovery from NHS Wessex Senate published 22 May 2020

An explorative study on perpetrators of child sexual exploitation convicted alongside others from IICSA published on 5 May 2020

Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools – Guidance from EEF published 19 March 2020

Universal free school meals winning in the fight against childhood obesity published by the Nuffield Foundation on 9 March 2020

NEET statistics annual brief: 2019 published by DfE on 5 March 2020

Triennial Analysis of Serious Care reviews 2014-2017 published by DfE on 4 March 2020

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: annual report 2018 to 2019 published by DfE 4 March 2020

The Attendance Playbook: approaches to reducing chronic low attendance and the evidence that supports the different strategies published by Institute for Effective Education 3 March 2020

The state of children and young people’s health across the UK. Data and policy priorities published Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 2 March 2020

Destination Unknown: improving transitions for care leavers and young people with SEND published by the Children’s Services Development Group 28 February 2020

Profit making and risk in independent children’s social care placement providers published by LGA 27 February 2020

Adverse childhood experiences What we know, what we don’t know, and what should happen next published by Early Intervention Foundation 26 February 2020

Review of the National Leaders of Education (NLE) programme published by DfE 25 February 2020

Peep Learning Together Programme published by EEF 24 February 2020

Off-rolling in English Schools published by The House of Commons Library on 21 February 2020

Study of Early Education and Development (SEED): Financial returns to early education spending published by DfE 21 February 2020

The effects of high-quality professional development on teachers and students published by the Eduction Policy Institute 19 February 2020

What does English as an additional language really mean when it comes to Progress 8? published by FFT Education Datalab 13 February 2020

Developing and sustaining an effective local SEND system: a practical guide for councils and partners  published by LGA 13 February 2020

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 and Information Manager: Luke Ede (East Sussex)


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)