UPDATE NO 456 04 June 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 456 04 June 2021


Alternative Provision Innovation Fund – DfE Evaluation Report


On 21 May 2021, DfE published an independent evaluation of the alternative provision innovation fund launched in March 2018 to improve outcomes for children in alternative provision.This research was commissioned Ecorys and Dr Lousie Gazeley of the University of Sussex to conduct an independent evaluation of the 9 innovation projects that were supported by the alternative provision innovation fund (APIF).

Action Required:

One of the 9 projects was The Turnaround Project (Portsmouth Education Partnership) which aims to improve the attainment and reintegration of YP in Key Stage Three in particular. It combines short-term AP placements with mentoring when the YP returns to mainstream school. Mentors also support the wider family. 

The full report is here.


COVID-19: Support for children’s education – report of the HoC Public Accounts Committee


On 20 May 2021, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee published COVID-19: Support for children’s education, a critical report about the poor performance of the DfE throughout the covid-19 pandemic. 

Action Required:

Report recommendations include the DfE to work with DHSC to address the needs of CYP with SEND, including no longer postponing the SEND Review, and work with DCSs to understand the recovery needs of vulnerable CYP. 

The full report is here

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: Friday 2 July 2021. 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 18 June  – 10.30am. Latest news is here. More information from Chris Owen (contact details below)

AD Safeguarding: Friday 11 June 2021. Alastair Lee will present a Demand Modelling Tool for discussion. More information from Mark Evans (contact details below)

QA Network: Monday 7 June 2021. 2pm – 5pm. Contact Sally Hickman 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)


Inclusion, diversity and equality webinars from Global Equality Collective and SEGfL


Heather Hadfield writes:

South East Grid for Learning is running a series of webinars with the Global Equality Collective (GEC), national experts in the inclusion, diversity and equality. 

Our focus is mainly on school staff and governors but the sessions are open to local authority staff who would find it useful. They have been paid for by SEGfL and are free to all SEGfL schools and LAs (a full list of SEGfL members can be found here).

Action Required:

The sessions cover: 

  • Anti-racism in the curriculum – 9 June
  • Diversity in neurodiversity – 14 July
  • Safe schools – 22 Sep
  • Anti-racism in the workplace – 20 Oct
  • Inclusive schools, sex and gender to NEETs – 17 Nov

You can book here (non-members please contact Heather Hadfield (details below)

You can download a flyer here 


Ofsted Parents Annual Survey 2021 – published April 2021


Findings from online surveys on parents’ awareness and perceptions of Ofsted. Surveys conducted by YouGov on behalf of Ofsted.

The 2021 survey was developed with Ofsted and carried out by YouGov between 9 and 26 March 2021. In total, 1,018 parents had their say.

Action Required:

Findings include that the large majority of parents think their child’s school has dealt with covid-19 well and two-thirds are concerned about their own children’s learning loss

The results are here in pdf or here in powerpoint


Continuing professional development consultation from Social Work England closes 11 August 2021


Social Work England are consulting on proposed changes to the requirements for carrying out and recording continuing professional development (CPD). CPD is part of the annual process social workers do to demonstrate their fitness to practise and remain on the social work register.

CPD is the reflection and learning activity that social workers do to improve their practice and keep it up to date. As part of the regulations and registration rules, social workers are required to record CPD. This is detailed in standard 4 of the professional standards, which outlines the areas that social workers need to consider when doing their CPD.

Please complete the survey or return your response by 5pm on 11 August 2021. You can also respond via email to: consultation.responses@socialworkengland.org.uk. Please use ‘CPD consultation’ as the email title.

If you need any reasonable adjustments to help you respond, please contact us at consultation.responses@socialworkengland.org.uk.

Action Required:

Proposal to Double the annual CPD requirement for Social Workers – Social Work England has proposed doubling the annual requirement for recording CPD for practitioners seeking to renew their registration. The proposal is included in a consultation on reforming CPD for the December 2021 to December 2022 registration year, issued 20 May 2021. The requirement for the current registration year – December 2020 to December 2021 – remains the submission of one piece of CPD to social workers’ online accounts with the regulator. Under the consultative plans, one piece of CPD would be on a broad theme determined by Social Work England – for example, improving communication, understanding legislation or having a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion – and the second would be at the social worker’s discretion.

The proposals are based on workshops carried out with social workers and research on practitioners’ attitudes to CPD that the regulator published in May.


Children’s Services Data Science Apprenticeship – Cohort 2 Launch


Alastair Lee (contact details below) writes:

“Following the successful launch of the Children’s Services Data Science apprenticeship in March 2021, with 36 people enrolled from across the country we’re launching the next cohort(s) of the apprenticeship scheme, with briefing sessions in the near future.

Action Required:

“If you have any interested staff who haven’t yet received briefing session invitations, please pass on the dates and times and ask them to send an email to Lynn.Donoghue@eastsussex.gov.uk saying which session they’d like to attend. The sessions are on:

“Thursday 3 June at 14:00 and Wednesday 9 June at 14:00

“The website with a bit more detail is here Data Science Apprenticeships | Local gov data science, but the majority of the information and an opportunity to ask questions will be given in the briefings.”

Tools & Templates

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

Evaluation of the Alternative Provision Innovation Fund (APIF) published by DfE 21 May 2021

COVID-19: Support for children’s education published by the HoC Public Accounts Committee 20 May 2021

Ofsted Parents Annual Survey 2021 – published 10 May 2021

New School Admission Code for September 2021 published by DfE 13 May 2021

Education staff wellbeing charter published by DfE 10 May 2021

Area SEND inspections and outcomes in England as at 31 March 2021 published by Ofsted 7 May 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

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)