UPDATE NO 410 03 July 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 410 03 July 2020


Zero Suicide Alliance – Social Risk Factors Map


The Zero Suicide Alliance has published an interactive map of the social risk factors influencing under-50 suicide in England. The map shows grades for each region, and each local authority: Action Required; Urgent Action Required; Immediate Action Required.

Overall the south east is categorised as “Action Required”, but at individual local authority level Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, Isle of Wight, Medway and Portsmouth are all in the “Immediate Action Required” category.

Action Required:

ZSA says, “We hope that this map empowers suicide prevention leads, politicians, commissioners and the public to understand the social factors and how they can be addressed to support a suicide prevention plan in their area. Our 11 factors are split into 3 core headings:

“Children and Young People; Mental Health and Substance Misuse; Employment and Income

“These 11 indicators have one factor common to all: poverty is the most important predeterminant and drives worse outcomes in all categories including overall suicide rates. If you as an individual, organisation or tier of government take only one action from the many suggested below, do everything you can to ‘level up’ your most deprived residents, patients and neighbours by reducing poverty.”

The methodology paper is published here.


Suicide Prevention – on line training from the Zero Suicide Alliance


Andrea King, Specialist Advisor CYP Mental Health, NHSEngland (South East) writes,

“Following the rise in child suicides and South East clusters of suicide the following recommendations have been made, and are now being adopted nationally. These recommendations arose originally from learning in the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Southampton & Portsmouth areas

“Disseminating free suicide prevention training to the CYP multi-professional workforce (please spread this as widely as possible). This is the preferred training and it is accredited by HEE, online and free to use. It is from the Zero Suicide Alliance and it is a 20-minute e-learning module called Suicide Let’s Talk aimed at supporting anyone to build skills and confidence talking to someone who may be considering suicide.  Suitable for all ages.”

Action Required:

Andrea King has two further recommendations:

“Adapting the questions asked at home visit/Rapid Response/JAR following the death of a child where suicide is suspected to enable protected characteristics, risk and trigger factors to be more clearly identified

“Using this detail to inform Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) strategic analysis and systems learning”

She adds, 

“This is straight-forward and relatively simple to do. These changes are strongly supported by NHSE, DfE and DHSC too (cross-governmental support) and I am happy to support discussions with CDOP Chairs and Safeguarding Executives where that would be helpful. Please contact me, Andrea King, 07702 405081. Please note that my usual working days are Thursday and Friday”


Coronavirus: children and young people’s mental health – new report from the Centre for Mental Health


The Centre for Mental Health has published a report looking at the impact of the coronavirus crisis on mental health including children’s mental health. The report calls on the Government to take urgent action on mental health inequalities in its planning for recovery from the pandemic.

The report is introduced here and the full text is here

Action Required:

The Centre for Mental Health says

“The Covid-19 pandemic could entrench and exacerbate inequalities in mental health for a generation unless concerted action is taken to close the gap, according to a report published today by Centre for Mental Health and supported by 12 mental health charities.”

The report is introduced here and the full text is here


Emerging Minds – Co-space Study 4th update published


Emerging Minds has published an update on findings from the Co-SPACE study looking at how families are coping during the coronavirus pandemic, and what parents can do to help support their children’s mental health. 

More than 10,000 parents have now taken part in the Co-SPACE (COVID-19 Supporting Parents, Adolescents, and Children in Epidemics) survey led by experts at the University of Oxford.

Action Required:

Findings from a survey of 2,890 parents and carers who took part in the baseline questionnaire and the first follow up questionnaire show that, over a one-month period in lockdown: parents and carers of primary school age children reported an increase in their child’s emotional, behavioural, and attention difficulties; and parents and carers of secondary school age children reported a reduction in their child’s emotional difficulties, but an increase in attention difficulties.

The 4th Update is introduced here and the full report is here


Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) – September 2020 launch postponed


DfE announcement 25 June 2020

In response to the 2017 primary assessment consultation, the government announced plans to introduce a statutory reception baseline assessment (RBA) in autumn 2020. Due to the challenging circumstances faced by schools in the context of the covid-19 pandemic, statutory introduction of the RBA has been postponed to Autumn 2021. Instead, schools have the opportunity to sign up to the RBA Early Adopter year.

The RBA framework and the RBA validity report are now available. If you have any questions about the reception baseline assessment, please contact 0330 088 4171

Action Required:

State funded schools with a reception cohort will be able to participate in the RBA Early Adopter year. Schools who choose to participate will receive assessment materials shortly before the October 2020 half term, with the optional assessment window opening for six-weeks after the October half term.

Participation is optional, even after signing up. Data gathered from the Early Adopter year will not be used for the purpose of the progress measure, and a full privacy notice can be found here. The recruitment window for schools to sign up opens on 25 June and closes on 24 July 2020.

An information leaflet is available here


DfE Consultation on Revisions to the Schools Admission Code


On 26 June, DfE launched a consultation on changes to the Schools Admissions Code which closes on 16 October 2020.

DfE says, “We’re seeking views on a revised version of the statutory School Admissions Code. The Code was last updated in 2014. The revised Code seeks to clarify and improve the process in which children are admitted to school outside of the normal admissions round in light of a number of Government reviews.” 

The draft proposed code is here, and the consultation document is here. The existing 2014 version is here.

Action Required:

DfE goes on to sy, “Additionally, the revised Code will also provide additional information and details that will support admission authorities in discharging their duties effectively.

“We remain committed to amending the School Admissions Code in relation to the admission of summer born children, but are unable to make those changes at this time because they will require primary legislation. We are, therefore, not seeking views about the admission of summer born children as part of this consultation.”

Responses are either online or via email to AdmissionsCode.CONSULTATION@education.gov.uk or by post School Admissions Code Consultation Department for Education Admissions, Academies Portfolio and School Organisation Division Level 3, Bishopsgate House Darlington DL1 5QE before 16 October 2020.


Local authority school places scorecards 2019 published by DfE


The scorecards display a snapshot of the progress local authorities are making in delivering good quality school places. Published 25 June 2020 by the DfE

The figures show a ten-year rise in the South East’s pupil numbers: 20.4% in primary (compared to 19.1% in England); and 17.9% in secondary (18.0% in England). The rise in primary numbers varies between no change in Isle of Wight and 45% increase in Slough, whereas the changes in secondary range from -16% in Isle of Wight to 87% increase in Reading. 


Action Required:

The local authority scorecard shows:

how many places have been delivered for the academic year 2018 to 2019
how many places are planned to be delivered for the academic year 2021 to 2022
information about the quality of places delivered for the academic year 2018 to 2019
forecasting accuracy of local authorities
how well parental preference is met
information on the cost of providing places

Reminders from previous weeks


Exploring experiences of life at home during lockdown for young people in care, carers and birth families


TACT and Research in Practice, supported by the PSW Network, have developed three linked surveys – for young people in carecarers and birth families – to explore their experiences of life at home during lockdown. The surveys aim to explore how people have spent their time, experiences of home schooling and relationships with social care over the lockdown period.

The findings will be shared openly for the benefit of the sector to inform practice as we move towards exiting lockdown, so that we can learn the lessons of the past three months and retain anything that carers, birth families and young people in care found beneficial, and address that which was problematic. 

Action Required:

The survey will run from 9 June – 6 July and all responses will be anonymous: 

Please share widely with children in care social work teams, local authority foster carers, independent foster care providers, residential care homes, special guardianship teams, special guardians themselves and birth parent networks. The more widely the surveys are shared the more robust picture it will give of life in care under lockdown to allow learning for the future.

Tools & Templates

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

Coronavirus: children and young people’s mental health – new report from the Centre for Mental Health 26 June 2020

On 26 June, DfE launched a consultation on changes to the Schools Admissions Code which closes on 16 October 2020

Local authority school places scorecards 2019 published by DfE 25 June 2020

The Zero Suicide Alliance has published an interactive map of the social risk factors influencing under-50 suicide in England and a 20-minute e-learning module called Suicide Let’s Talk.

The cost of learning in lockdown: family experiences of lockdown from Child Poverty Action Group published 18 June 2020

Born into care: 1000 mothers in care proceedings in Wales from Nuffield Family Justice Observatory published 17 June 2020

Covid-19 and early intervention: Understanding the impact, preparing for recovery published by EIF 16 June 2020

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on child welfare: domestic abuse and Domestic abuse: learning from case reviews Two NSPCC briefings published 10 June 2020

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

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)