UPDATE NO 479 12 November 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 (October 2021) can be found here

UPDATE NO 479 12 November 2021


Black and Asian Leadership Initiative (BALI) January 2022


As part of the Take Your Place future leadership programme, we are promoting The Staff College’s Black and Asian Leadership Initiative course being offered virtually on 27, 28 January and 4 May 2022. Places for staff from SESLIP members are funded via the SESLI Programme.

Action Required:

More information on this link.

To book your place, or for further discussion, please contact Mark Evans (details below) by 12 November.


Using Pupil Premium Effectively – from EEF


On 5 November, Becky Francis launched the EEF’s updated Pupil Premium Guide. It is a practical guide to support schools to develop their pupil premium strategy based on the best evidence, and to meet updated DfE requirements.

Action Required:

Research has found that disadvantaged pupils have been worst affected by the impact of the pandemic. It is therefore more important than ever that school strategies focus on support for disadvantaged pupils. 

In October, the DfE released updated pupil premium guidance and a new template that schools are required to use to publish their strategy statement from the 2021/22 academic year onwards. This includes a new requirement for schools to demonstrate that they have considered evidence when developing their strategy.


Reforming how local authority school improvement functions are funded

Action Required:

The closing date is 26 November. The AD Education Network is coordinating a response. More from Chris Owen (contact details below)

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: Friday 3 December – Joint meeting with DCSs. More information from Alison Michalska (contact details below)

Data Benchmarking: Thursday 9 December 2021. More information from Alastair Lee (contact details below)

Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board: More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

Action Required:

AD EducationFriday 28 January – 10.00am. More information from Chris Owen (contact details below)

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

QA Network: ***NEW DATE*** Thursday 6 January 2022. 2pm – 5pm. The meeting will consider performance of health and dental assessments for Children looked after. More information from Amanda Meadows (contact details below)

Fostering Network: More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

SEND SE19: LA and Health SEND Conversation 30 November 2021 More information from Tracey Maytas (contact details below)


SESLIP Special Guardianship conference – Tuesday 30 November 1-4pm interactive and online


This is an interactive online 3 hour conference open to all working on Special Guardianship in the 19 local authorities in the South East. It will be held 1-4pm Tuesday November 30 2021, online event register here, for social workers, managers and anyone else with an interest or seeking to build their experience in Special Guardianship.

Any questions please contact Rebecca Eligon (details below)

Action Required:

Hear from Lucy Peake, the Chief Executive of national charity Kinship on the trends being observed nationally on Special Guardianship and the national task and finish group focusing on SG as well as the implications and relevance of the Care Review to Special Guardianship
Understand the Special Guardianship audit tool developed by the national Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board (which can be applied to your LA to assess the quality of practice). There is also an offer of free coaching support to apply the tool after the conference.
Hear from Special Guardians, other LAs in the South East about their practice models (both the strengths and challenges) and tell us what you would like to see in a SG training programme for South East LAs that will be running in the new year

Register for the free event here


CMA social care market study interim report


On 22 October, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published its interim report of the market study into children’s social care provision

The interim report sets out the initial findings and seeks views on our analysis of market outcomes, emerging conclusions on potential drivers of poor outcomes and early stage thinking on possible recommendations.

Action Required:

The CMA is inviting views on the interim report, please email written submissions to children@cma.gov.uk by 12 November 2021.

Click to access the report (html)report (pdf)appendicies (html)appendices (pdf).


Tackling child exploitation learning and events programme


The Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Programme has launched a series of free online learning events focused on child exploitation and extra-familial harm. The events are designed for strategic leaders and senior managers across the multi-agency partnership.

Action Required:

The next events are:





HoC Library Research Briefing: Support for Care Leavers


On 20 October 2021, the House of Commons Library published a research briefing paper: Support for Care Leavers.This paper provides an overview of the UK Government’s policies to support care leavers in key areas

Action Required:

The DfE’s Keep on Caring noted that care leavers generally experience worse outcomes than their peers across a number of indicators. The National Audit Office’s Care leavers’ transition to adulthood (2015) identified poorer life outcomes as a “longstanding problem” and one whose “public cost […] is likely to be high”, giving rise to additional costs in mental health, employment, education, policing and justice services.

Tools & Templates

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan (October 2021) which will underpin activities in 2021-2022 

Using Pupil Premium Effectively published by EEF on 5 November 2021

Characteristics of Children in Need 2020-2021 published by DfE 28 October 2021

School Funding published by the Public Accounts Committee on 22 October 2021

Support for Care Leavers published by the House of Commons Library on 20 October 2021

Using pupil premium: guidance for school leaders published by DfE on 18 Ocotober 2021

Levelling up: Five questions about what the government means by the phrase published by the Institute for Government on 22 September

Guidance on the Child House model of support published by DfE on 13 September 2021 

Health needs assessment for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) published by DHSC on 9 September 2021

Proposed CPD increase consultation response published by Social Work England on 3 September 2021

School-led tutoring grant published by DfE on 2 September 2021

Guidance on the trial to extend powers of the SEND tribunal published by DfE on 1 September 2021 

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

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)


NHS (SE) CYP mental health: Gavin Lockhart (NHS England (South East))


07879 488307

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)