UPDATE NO 452 07 May 2021

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 452 07 May 2021


Ofsted research review series: Science.


Ofsted published this review on 29 April 2021. It explores the literature relating to the field of science education. Its purpose is to identify factors that can contribute to high-quality school science curriculums, assessment, pedagogy and systems. Ofsted will use this understanding of subject quality to examine how science is taught in England’s schools. They will then publish a subject report to share what they have learned.

Action Required:


The performance of pupils who study science in England is significantly above the average performance of pupils in other countries. Over the past 10 years, there has been an increase in the number of pupils wanting to study science beyond age 16. However, there is emerging evidence from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), key stage 2 national sample tests and Ofsted’s own research into curriculum that suggests the picture is not an improving one for all pupils and may be deteriorating. This makes the findings of this review particularly significant, not only because it identifies features associated with high-quality science education but because it also shines a light on some of the barriers that prevent their implementation.


DCS turnover analysis from ADCS


Gary Dumbarton of ADCS has produced an analysis of turnover of DCS posts in England. The report covering the year to 31 March 2021 shows that turnover slowed during the panademic, but there was still at least one change of DCS in 23% of children’s services authorities.

Action Required:

In the South East, we welcomed seven new permanent appointments in Bracknell Forest, Brighton and Hove, Medway, Oxfordshire, Southampton, Surrey and West Sussex; an interim appointment in Slough, meaning that our turnover rate was 42% in the year to 31 March 2021.

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: 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 13 July 2021. More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

Action Required:

AD EducationFriday 7 May 2021 – 10.30am, then Friday 18 June  – 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: Monday 7 June 2021. 2pm – 5pm. Contact Sally Hickman at sally.hickman2@hants.gov.uk for MS Teams invitation

Fostering Network: 10.30am 19 July 2021. More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

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


Effective Children’s Social Work in a Pandemic: What we’ve learned. Wed 26 May


Essex County Council were commissioned by the DfE to do a peer review of social work practice during the pandemic in order to capture learning and insights. 

The findings from that exercise, which involved six local authorities (including Medway Youth Services), will be shared via a free online conference featuring keynotes and panel inputs from Prof. Harry Ferguson, Yvette Stanley, Isabelle Trowler, Jenny Coles and a group of young people. The event, which will take place on Wednesday 26 May, 9.30am – 3.30pm, also features a series of workshops including: leadership; virtual assessments; anti-racist practice; home working; CPD; and, the experiences of children and young people with SEND.

Action Required:

In order to allow as many authorities as possible to benefit from this learning there are regional ticket allocations (to find out more about the South East allocation, please contact Mark Evans – details below). If tickets are sold out for your region, please select from general admission tickets.

Please see the event flyer here, the booking form is here.


APSW Knowledge and Evidence Events in connection with the DfE Social Care Review


The Association of Professors of Social Work has organised a series of four Knowledge and Evidence Events in May and June in connection with the DfE Social Care Review

  • KEE 1: Alternative Child Care Social Work Service Delivery Models on Tuesday May 18 1600-1700
  • KEE 2: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Children’s Social Care and Social Work on Monday May 24 1200-1300
  • KEE 3: Everyday Social Work with Children and Families on Tuesday June 8 1600-1700
  • KEE 4: Looked After Children and Care Leavers on Wednesday June 16 1600-1730

Action Required:

Each of the four events are focused on key messages delivered by leading researchers in the fields of Children’s Social Work and Social Care. At each event there will be the opportunity for those attending to contribute by posting their comments and responses via the chat function.

These events will be recorded and details will be provided in due course on how to access them; after each event, knowledge briefings, developed in collaboration with Research in Practice, will be made available.

Registration is free, follow the eventbrite links at the APSW events page or in the event flyer

You can download a flyer for these events here


Children in care


The House of Commons Library has published a briefing on out of area placements and unregulated or unregistered accommodation for children in care. 

Action Required:

The briefing gives an overview of definitions and relevant legislation across the UK and provides data and statistics on placements in England. The briefing also signposts other reports and debates on these topics.

The full report is here

Tools & Templates

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

Curriculum progression: what it means to get better at science published by Ofsted 29 April 2021

Looked after children: out of area, unregulated and unregistered accommodation (England) published by the House of Commons library 13 April 2021

High needs provision capital allocations published by DfE on 9 April 2021

Clinical Review and Practice Guide for Children in Care’s Emotional/Mental Health Needs published by NHS SE 9 April 2021

It feels as though my third child doesn’t matter published by CPAG and others  7 April 2021

The road not taken: drivers of course selection published by the Social Mobility Commission 30 March 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

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

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)