UPDATE NO 407 12 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 407 12 June 2020


AD Education Network – next meeting Friday 10 July


Thanks to those able to join the AD Education Network meeting on 5 June. The notes are available here 

As agreed there will be an additional video meeting of the AD Education Network on Friday 10 July 10am to 11.30am. 

Action Required:

The joint event with the SEND Network will take place on 25 September. It is currently planned to happen in London and run from 10.30am to 3.30pm.


West Berkshire Headteachers “Thinkpiece”


This link takes you to a 30 minute webinar “thinkpiece” of West Berkshire headteachers discussing preparation for increasing the number of students in school.

Action Required:

Themes discussed include wider reopening, school development planning, adapting staff performance management.  


The Invisible Children – babies born during COVID-19 – an LGA webinar on Tuesday 16 June 10.30am


Pregnancy can be an exciting time, but also one of uncertainty and COVID-19 understandably adds further stress. Health and social care professionals need to be alert to the potential risk factors and have a plan in place to ensure new babies do not remain invisible to services.

Agencies will need to work together, once lock down is eased, and address families’ fears and concerns jointly, as they integrate back into society. This will prevent escalation of worries which could impact on babies’ development, parenting and bonding.

Action Required:

We will explore the impact of lack of face to face care, isolation, remote support, mothers’ concerns and reluctance to seek help and normal medical and social intervention. We will also consider how these new families can be supported.

We will hear from a mother who had her first baby during the peak of Covid-19 and, how this has impacted on her and her partner and from the YMCA, A Better Start Southend on their work to support breastfeeding mothers.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Trevor Doughty, Director Children Services, Sector Led Improvement (SLI), Local Government Association
  • Wendy Thorogood, LGA Peer, Retired Midwife and Chair, Association of Child Protection Professionals
  • Lucy Williamson, First Time Mother
  • Eleanor King, A Better Start Southend Breastfeeding Support Group, YMCA

Further details and information on how to register are here

Reminders from previous weeks


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 freepaid 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 770.

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). 

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

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)