UPDATE NO 447 02 April 2021

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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 447 02 April 2021


Ofsted inspection of schools in summer term 2021


In a press release published on 29 March, Ofsted announced it will inspect schools and further education & skills (FES) providers in the summer term to provide reassurance about how well children and learners are catching up, but it will not resume a full programme of graded inspections until September. 

“we will undertake on-site, lighter-touch inspections in the summer term. Unlike ‘full’ inspections, these visits will allow inspectors to assess how well schools and FES providers are educating their learners and keeping them safe, but they will not result in a grade.

“Revised handbooks will be published after Easter.” 

Action Required:

Monitoring inspections of Schools will begin from 4 May, under the EIF. These will not result in a change of grade.

Where inspectors find evidence that an inadequate school has improved, they can convert the monitoring visit to a full inspection, which would be graded. If schools judged ‘requires improvement’ on 2 or more consecutive occasions are found to have improved, inspectors will recommend that a full inspection is carried out before the end of the summer term.

Ofsted will also inspect ‘good’ schools that, due to the pandemic, have not had an inspection within the statutory 5-year window, and will also inspect some ‘outstanding’ schools that request an inspection, prioritising those that have gone the longest without an inspection.

Other than where significant concerns are raised, Ofsted will not inspect secondary schools during the first half of the summer term, to allow them to focus on teacher-assessed grades.


UNSAFE CHILDREN Driving up our country’s response to child sexual abuse and exploitation


The Centre for Social Justice has published “UNSAFE CHILDREN Driving up our country’s response to child sexual abuse and exploitation”

Action Required:

This report reminds all in the children’s sector about the importance of addressing child sexual abuse. Recommendations for education include needing to commit to good relationships and sex education, whole school approaches to child sexual abuse and increasing the capacity for school nurses to play more of a role.

The full report is here.

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for Network meetings


Lead Members Group: Friday 23 April joint meeting with DCSs. More information from Alison Michalska (contact details below)

Data Benchmarking: Tuesday 13 July 2021. More information from Alastair Lee (contact details below)

Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board: Tuesday 20 April 2021. More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

Action Required:

AD EducationFriday 7 May 2021 – 10.30am. More information from Chris Owen (contact details below)

AD Safeguarding: Friday 11 June 2021. More information from Mark Evans (contact details below)

QA Network: More information from Amanda Meadows (contact details below)

Fostering Network: 10.30am Thursday 12 April 2021. More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

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


Local Data Accelerator Fund for Children and Families: Prospectus


The government has launched a £7.9m fund to support children and families through better use of local data: 

MHCLG is making available £7.9 million for data projects which improve outcomes for children and families. Local organisations are asked to bid in groups.

“The closing date for applications is 11pm on Friday 30 April 2021.” The prospectus is here.

Action Required:

Through the Data to Insight project (see elsewhere in Latest News) we have a strong interest in bidding for further funds to continue our partnership working in this area.

Please contact Alastair Lee (details below) for further discussions about what might be possible in this next round of funding.


Launch of Supporting Families 2021-22


The DfE has announced the launch of supporting families 2021-22. The links below take you to the details

Supporting Families Programme guidance 2021 to 2022 (view a summary of the key updates here).

Action Required:

Also published is a refreshed policy narrative relating to the third iteration of the Supporting Families Programme in 2021 to 2022, and Improving families’ lives: annual report of the Troubled Families Programme 2020 to 2021


Refuge and Risk Report – Life Online for Vulnerable Young People


Heather Hadfield (SEGfL, contact details below) writes,

This recent Refuge and Risk report is a very useful and interesting read. It is published by Internet Matters.OrgIt provides insight into 6,500+ UK children with some form of vulnerability, how the online world has become their lifeline. Some are to up to seven times more likely to meet particular dangers over the internet than their non-vulnerable peers.

“The full report Life Online for Vulnerable Young People can be downloaded here

Action Required:

“I am in the process of putting together a free programme of webinars around inclusion and diversity for SEGfL members, having engaged a company GEC who specialise in this area. Some of the webinars will be aimed more broadly at all LA staff who want to join and others will be for school staff. The topics are likely to be: 

“Flexible Working; Disadvantage; Inclusive Schools; Anti-Racism; Disability  

“If anyone is interested in this programme and would like to discuss how they might support its development, or benefit from its delivery, please contact me (details below). 

“Kind regards, Heather”


Data science apprenticeship launched


Alastair Lee (contact details below) writes, 

“Dear all

“The data science apprenticeship supported by the DfE (via the Data to Insight project) for children’s services analysts had its first session yesterday. We had hoped to recruit 20 for the first cohort and we achieved 39 participants from 29 LAs. Thanks to Dave Myers and Julia Yong at DfE and to our partners at Social Finance for the work to set up the programme.”

Congratulations to the Data to Insight team on a magnificent achievement.

Action Required:

Data to Insight is a national project funded by the government, and led and hosted in the South East by Alastair Lee and East Sussex County Council.

Read more at this Social Finance blog How can children’s services get data savvy? Apprenticeships! Eight reasons why data science apprenticeships can help local authorities to improve children’s lives

The March 2021 cohort of apprentices is now closed, but you can register for the next one, more information from the Data Science Apprenticeships webpage

Tools & Templates

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

UNSAFE CHILDREN – Driving up our country’s response to child sexual abuse and exploitation  published by Centre for Social Justice on 28 March 2021

Refuge and Risk Report – Life Online for Vulnerable Young People published by internet matters.org on 27 March 2021

Improving families’ lives: annual report of the Troubled Families Programme 2020 to 2021 published by DfE 26 March 202

Life Online for Vulnerable Young People published by internet matters.org 26 March 2021

News story about the restart of Area SEND re-visits and full inspections published by Ofsted 19 March 2021

Perplexing Presentations and Fabricated of Induced Illness guidance published by RCPCH on 12 March 2021

Phase 7 of ADCS Safeguarding Pressures published by ADCS on 24 February 2021

Evidence summary: COVID-19 – children, young people and education settings published by DfE 22 February 2021

Social Work in England: First Reflections published by Social Work England on 20 January 2021

Restricting attendance during the national lockdown: schools Guidance for all schools in England January 2021 published by DfE 7 January 2021

Learning from the Partners in Practice Programme Review: Practice Briefing (2020) published by RiP 31 December 2020

Children looked after in England including adoptions published by DfE 18 December 2020

IntegratED Annual Report 2020 published 18 December 2020

COVID-19: mental health and wellbeing surveillance report – Chapter 7 CYP published by Public Health England on 17 December 2020

Ofsted COVID-19 series of briefings published on 15 December 2020

Careless: Helping to improve council services to children in care published by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman 10 December 2020

A systematic review of early years degrees and employment pathways published by EPI on 10 December 2020

Unlocking the facts: young people referred to secure children’s homes published by WWCSC on 8 December 2020

Speak for Change published by the Oracy APPG on 1 December 2020

Applying behavioural insights to increase female students’ uptake of STEM subjects at A level  published by DfE on 26 Novemebr 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

Children’s Services Performance Manager, Convener Of SE Quality Assurance Network: Amanda Meadows (Hampshire)


03707 794752

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)