UPDATE NO 480 19 November 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 2021-2022 (October 2021) can be found here

UPDATE NO 480 19 November 2021


Portsmouth successful in resisting challenge to Elective Home Education policy and procedure


On 16 November, the High Court published Mr Justice Lane’s decision ([2021] EWHC 3057 (Admin)) in support of Portsmouth CC on all four of the claimant’s grounds for Judicial Review of the Council’s policy and procedures for discharging its statutory responsibilities under the Education Act 1996 in respect of children of school age who are not receiving education at a school.

Action Required:

The Secretary of State joined Portsmouth CC in defending the challenge. 

For more information please contact Mike Stoneman at Portsmouth or Chris Owen (details below).


Children looked after in England including adoption 2020-2021 – new statistical release


On 18 November 2021, DfE published Children looked after in England including adoption: 2020 to 2021

Action Required:

Alistair Herbert at Data to Insight reports that the Benchmarking Tool and ChAT are already updated.


Social care common inspection framework review: Ofsted Consultation closes 24 January 2022


On 2 November 2021, Ofsted launched a  consultation on the way they carry out interim inspections of children’s homes and the way they inspect residential holiday schemes for disabled children (RHSDC).

Action Required:

Proposals include changes to how judgements of inspections are presented and revisions to inspection activities. The consultation closes on 24 January 2022.


LGA Webinar Programme for officers and strategic partners


Wednesday 1 December 2:00pm Understanding Parent and Infant Mental Health

Tuesday 11 January 2:00pm Working in partnership with Libraries

Action Required:

Tuesday 18 January 10:30am webinar Developing Early Childhood Music across Local Authorities and Action Learning Sets to follow Tuesday 8 Feb 10:00am and Thursday 10 March 10:30am

For more information on these programmes, please contact Liz Hodgman at LGA

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 Education: ***NEW DATE*** Friday 4 February – 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)


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)


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

Tools & Templates

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

Children looked after in England including adoption: 2020 to 2021. published by DfE on 18 November 2021

Judicial Review of Portsmouth’s EHE policy and procedures [2021] EWHC 3057 (Admin) published by the High Court on 16 November 2021

Using Pupil Premium Effectively published by EEF on 5 November 2021

Social care common inspection framework review: Consultation closes 24 January 2022 published by Ofsted on 2 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

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)


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)