UPDATE NO 469 03 September 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 2021-2022 can be found here and our application to the Regional Recovery and Building Back Better Fund

UPDATE NO 469 03 September 2021


SESLIP Memorandum of Understanding 2021-2022


The Memorandum of Understanding which underpins our regional work has been revised and updated to reflect the requirements of the DfE’s Regional Recovery and Building Back Better Fund.

Action Required:

We are now asking each partner to arrange for the Memorandum pdf version or word version to be signed and returned to us, after which they will be posted here. Thanks to Portsmouth for returning the first one.


DfE invites applications for its SLIP (SEND) programme


The DfE has issued an invitation to bid for LAs interested in becoming Sector-Led Improvement Partners for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

The invitation is restricted: you cannot have a ‘written statement of action’ from SEND1 (unless it was completely cleared by SEND2); nor be ILACS Inadequate; nor be part of the DfE Safety Valve programme, nor have a DSG deficit of 1% or higher at the time of bidding or at any point during the grant funded period.


Action Required:

The bidding process is the same as the SLIP process successfully undertaken by Hampshire earlier this year, and Alison Smailes has offered to share her experience with anyone contemplating a bid.

The deadline for bids is 1 November 2021, and any grant awarded will run from Jan 2022 to March 2023 with an option to extend for a further year.  


Data Accelerator Fund supports two projects in the South East


On 3 September 2021, MHCLG announced the award of £1.2m to two projects in the South East from the Data Accelerator Fund.

Action Required:

They are: £280k to an East Sussex-led consortium investigating better and more useful data for Early Help services; and £915k to Reading, Wokingham, West Berkshire and Portsmouth.


Early Help Network


Next month will see the first meeting for the SESLIP Early Help Network. Many thanks to Sarah Gee (Assistant Director, Early Help and Communities at Bracknell Forest) for providing the initial energy for this network, and to Grainne Siggins (DCS Bracknell Forest) for agreeing to sponsor this group.

Action Required:

Rebecca Eligon (contact details below) will be convening the group, and many thanks to all who have helped identify the Early Help Leads in each authority. Please let us know if there any changes to the list.

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: Friday 8 October 9.30- 12.30. Expert Workshop #3: Understanding adolescents and the challenges and risks faced supporting and safeguarding complex young people. More information from Alison Michalska (contact details below)

Data Benchmarking: Tuesday 14 September 2021. More information from Alastair Lee (contact details below)

Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board: Tuesday 12 October 2021. More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

Action Required:

AD EducationFriday 17 September – 10.00am. More information from Chris Owen (contact details below)

AD Safeguarding: Friday 10 September 2021. More information from Mark Evans (contact details below)

QA Network: Friday 10 September 2021. 2pm – 5pm. More information from Amanda Meadows (contact details below)

Fostering Network: 10.30am Monday 4 October 2021. More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

SEND SE19: Preparing for Adulthood Forum 21 September 2021 13:30 – 15:30 More information from Tracey Maytas (contact details below)


Domestic Abuse Intervention: Home Office Projects announced


Hampshire, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Police and Crime Commissioners have each been awarded project funds by the Home Office to go towards domestic abuse intervention programmes.

Action Required:

For more detail of the projects awarded, consult the press announcement


Regional Improvement Plan 2021-2022


A revised Regional Improvement Plan for 2021-2022 has been published.

Action Required:

It contains 35 workstreams and sets out plans to invest £2.7m in improvement projects, subject to DfE approval of our funding application.


Regional Recovery and Building Back Better Fund


On 13 August, we submitted a response to the DfE’s invitation to apply to the Regional Recovery and Building Back Better Fund. The application is for £2.4m spread across 24 projects.

Action Required:

Many thanks to all who contributed to this bid, which will now be considered by the DfE. Announcements are expected in September.

Tools & Templates

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan which will underpin activities in 2021-2022 and made an application to the Regional Recovery and Building Back Better Fund

National Adoption Strategy published by DfE on 26 July 2021

Tackling violence against women and girls strategy published by DfE on 21 July 2021

Strengthening Home Education published by the House of Commons Education Select Committee on 21 July 2021

National funding formula tables for schools and high needs: 2022 to 2023 published by DfE 19 July 2021

KCSIE 2021 published by DfE 6 July 2021 and NSPCC CASPAR Briefing explaining the changes

Initial teacher training (ITT) market review consultation by DfE which closes on 22 August 2021, launched 5 July 2021

System conditions and welfare inequalities in children’s services published by Nuffield Foundation on 30 June 2021

Behaviour management strategies, in-school units and managed moves – DfE consultation published 29 June closes 10 August 2021

Fostering the future – Helping local authorities to fulfil their legal duties published by Social market Foindation 25 June 2021

Special educational needs in England published by DfE 24 June 2021

The forgotten: how white working-class pupils have been let down, and how to change it (HC85) published by HoC Education Select Committee 22 June 2021

Children’s social care questionnaires 2021 published by Ofsted 18 June 2021

Secondary and primary school applications and offers data published by the DfE 17 June 2021

Schools, pupils and their characteristics published by the DfE 17 June 2021

The Case for Change published by the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care in England 17 June 2021

Promoting the education of children with a social worker Virtual School Head role extension published by DfE on 16 June 2021

Using targets to improve performance published by the Institute for Government 16 June 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