UPDATE NO 423 02 October 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 423 02 October 2020


Ed Tech Demonstrator Programme


The Ed Tech Demonstrator Programme has produced videos and resources around contingency planning for schools in preparation for local lockdowns or self-isolating staff and pupils. Anyone can access them by visiting here.

The advice has been provided by demonstrator schools who are part of the programme and have also experienced recent local lockdowns. There is also a vast array of resources and webinars on a variety of topics.

Many thanks to those schools who have shared their work for you to use and amend as required.

Action Required:

Some examples from the website:


“Middle Out” change in the Education System


Prof Greany’s paper Place-based governance and leadership in decentralised school systems: evidence from England is published in the Journal of Education Policy. It contains valuable insights about the variety and complexity of the “middle tier” in the English education system (ie LAs, MATs, TSAs etc) and how it does, or does not, contribute to school improvement.

Action Required:

Prof Toby Greany (University of Nottingham), quoted in School’s Week, says

Localism isn’t a problem in itself but the lack of mechanisms for sharing best practice is. “Anyone who has recently tried to explain the English education system to overseas visitors will be sharply aware of its startling complexity.” So wrote the EEF’s Becky Francis in her foreword to our 2018 report on the ‘self-improving school-led system’.

I have been reminded of Becky’s observation during lockdown, as I have been working with a team of US academics on a book chapter about the ‘middle tier’ between individual schools and central government. I frequently finish another explanation about local authorities (LAs), multi-academy trusts (MATs), teaching school alliances (TSAs) and so on, and find they are staring at me, incredulous.

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for Network meetings


AD Safeguarding: Friday 11 December 2020 –  for more information from Mark Evans (contact details below)

QA Network: Wednesday 9 December. Following the recent meeting of the network, new confidential documents have been posted on the QA restricted pages – access to these pages and more information from Diane Williamson (contact details below)

SEND SE19: more information from Tracey Maytas (contact details below)

Action Required:

Data Benchmarking: Thursday 10 December 2020. More information from Alastair Lee (contact details below)

AD EducationFriday 27 November 2020 – 10.00am to 12.30pm – more information from Chris Owen (contact details below)

Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board: Tuesday 20 October 2020 – more information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)


NAO report on Financial Sustainability of Colleges


The NAO has published a report on the Financial Sustainability of Colleges.

The full report is herea summary report is herean e-briefing is hereand a press release is here

Action Required:

The NAO concludes

Overall, the financial health of the college sector remains fragile. Ofsted inspection ratings suggest that colleges are generally maintaining educational quality, but other evidence shows that financial pressures are affecting wider aspects of provision such as the breadth of the curriculum and levels of student support. The programme of area reviews led to structural change and had some success in making the college sector more financially secure. The Department is now formulating a strategic reform programme intended to remedy systemic long-term weaknesses in the sector. This is a welcome development but, until such a programme is in place and achieving results, we cannot conclude that the Department is responding effectively to the financial sustainability challenges that colleges are facing.


The Long Shadow of Deprivation


The Social Mobility Commission has published a report The long shadow of deprivation: Differences in opportunities across England.

The full report is accompanied by data tables and a technical annex

Action Required:

Where you grow up matters: in areas with the highest social mobility, disadvantaged individuals aged around 28 earn more than twice as much as their counterparts in the areas of lowest mobility (over £20,000 compared with under £10,000). Put simply, two equally disadvantaged sons with the same family background will earn very different amounts as adults, based simply on where they grew up.


Brighton and Hove named in MJ’s top ten for High Needs provision


On 30 August, Municipal Journal published an IMPOWER study which analysed oucomes against spend for High Needs provision for SEND young people aged 0-25.

The report named ten councils in the “High Outcomes/Low spend” quadrant; Brighton and Hove was the only South East Council.

Action Required:

Leo Jones, Director of Impower said,

we are publishing a list of the best performers in alphabetical order, as the purpose of the Index is to spark debate and learning rather than simply encourage a narrow focus on the rankings”

The other nine councils are: Calderdale, Cornwall, East Riding of Yorkshire, Havering, Hertfordshire, Leeds, Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire, Sheffield, York


National Children and Adult Services Conference; 4th – 6th November 2020


This online event will take place over three days, with virtual sessions held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 4, 5 and 6 November. These webinars will be delivered by prominent figures in the adult, children and education sectors, including ministers, and as usual, the event will provide excellent opportunities to learn and share best practice with colleagues across central and local government.

Action Required:

The delegate fee is £100 + VAT per person, which gives access to all sessions over the three days.

Further information and booking details via the NCASC website here.

Tools & Templates

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

Financial sustainability of colleges in England published by NAO 16 September 2020

The long shadow of deprivation published by DfE 15 September 2020

Unregulated – Children in care living in semi-independent accommodation published by the Children’s Commissioner 10 September 2020

Machine Learning in Children’s Services published by What Works for Children’s Social Care 10 September 2020 

Childhood Obesity report by NAO published 9 September 2020

Coronavirus briefing: guidance for social workers published by NSPCC 3 September 2020

Guide to the Early Career Framework for teachers published by DfE 1 September 2020

Support services for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse published by IICSA 31 August 2020

High needs benchmarking tool published by DfE 25 August

No way out – children stuck in B&Bs during lockdown published by the Children’s Commissioner 21 August 2020

A Perfect Storm: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on domestic abuse survivors and the services supporting them published by Women’s Aid 18 August 2020

How Safe are our Children? 2020 published by NSPCC 17 August 2020

Promoting the Retention, Mental Health, and Wellbeing of Child and Family Social Workers: A Systematic Review of Workforce Interventions published by What Works Centre 7 August 2020

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing published by DfE 4 August 2020

Children’s services omnibus – Wave 5 published by DfE 3 August 2020

Social Worker Fast Track Programmes Review – published by the DfE 21 July 2020

Highlighting an innovative shared approach towards child suicide prevention published 17 July 2020 by NHS Wessex Senate

What explains marked regional variations in infant care – published by NFJO 16 July 2020

Youth Violence Commission – Final Report published 15 July 2020

ADCS has published a discussion paper – Building a country that works for all children post COVID-19 14 July 2020

Place-based governance and leadership in decentralised school systems: evidence from England in the Journal of Education Policy 12 July 2020

Getting the grades they’ve earned: Covid-19: the cancellation of exams and ‘calculated’ grades – published by the Education Select Committee on 11 July 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)