UPDATE NO 424 09 October 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 424 09 October 2020


Social Work England


Kate Metcalf, Regional Engagement Lead (South East) for Social Work England writes

Please can you remind your colleagues that the 3 month registration renewal window (1 September – 30 November) for social workers is upon us. Please go to our website to complete your renewal.



Action Required:

Apply to renew your registration

Applications to renew your registration are now open. Social workers who wish to continue to practise must apply to renew between 1 September and 30 November.

Activate and access your online account to record continuing professional development (CPD) and apply to renew.

Kate Metcalf can be contacted on 0114-553-3104  


Lead Members’ Network Page now live


The Lead Members’ Network Page is now live. This is the public page; there is also a restricted access page for access to restricted material. For access to the restricted page, please contact Isabelle Gregory (details below).

Action Required:

A list of Lead Members in the South East is here.

If you have any questions about the Lead Members’ Network, please contact Alison Michalska (contact details below).

Reminders from previous weeks


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 PolicyIt 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.


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)

Action Required:

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

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

Tools & Templates

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: Alison Michalska (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07920 727626

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)