UPDATE NO 406 05 June 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 2020-2021 can be found here.

UPDATE NO 406 05 June 2020


LAC preparation for return to school video produced by Kent Virtual School Apprentices


Here is an animation Kent CC Virtual School apprentices made for Looked After Children returning to school – feel free to use.

Action Required:

The animation last 4m 23s and suitable for a wide range of audiences it is available here


EdTech Demonstrator Programme


Heather Hadfield (contact details below) of South East Grid for Learning writes:

“The EdTech Demonstrator Programme’s brief has changed due to COVID-19 and is now focused for now on supporting remote learning. It is currently aimed at supporting any schools wanting help. That could be with G-suite or Microsoft Teams or improving staff confidence, parent engagement or school strategy. It is all free, paid for by DfE so is worth letting schools know about it. 

Here is the programme’s website


Action Required:

The Programme will include:

  • advice, guidance and training including a mix of group support through webinars, recorded content and peer to peer discussions. It will include content on the use of online learning platforms, digital safety, supporting the needs of pupils with SEND and how to promote pupil and teacher wellbeing during remote teaching.
  • a universal offer of support, provided by the Delivery Partners and delivered through this website. This offer will draw on the work of the Demonstrator Schools and Colleges and will provide schools and colleges across the country with access to recorded tutorials, advice and guidance aimed at supporting effective remote working.

If you are interested in learning more about the EdTech Demonstrator Programme, please complete this form, they’d love to hear from you.”


Ofsted Visits Analysis


Please visit the Ofsted Visits Analysis pages on this website. We have just published the first five pages of analysis from our database of every Oftsed published report since the start of the SLAC programme in 2013. The current tally stands at 768.

The menu of pages is available in “Data Benchmarking” dropdown on the main navigation bar.

If you have any questions about this database, or want ask for a specific analysis, please contact Richard Tyndall (details below). 

Reminders from previous weeks


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.


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, see table for the dates of these sessions.

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

1 February 2021


Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Milton Keynes


10 February 2021

Windsor and Maidenhead




8 February 2021

West Berkshire


Brighton and Hove


13 January 2021

Bracknell Forest



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

Tools & Templates

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

EdTech Demonstrator Programme 

An animation video Kent CC Virtual School apprentices made for Looked After Children returning to school published 1 June 2020

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)