UPDATE NO 490 28 January 2022

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 490 28 January 2022


upon Inspiring Leaders Aspirant DCS Programme


upon Inspiring Leaders have announced the invitation to apply to the Aspirant Directors Programme. It will run from September 2022 to March 2023.

Action Required:

There will be an online webfair on Thursday 3 February 2022, 10.00 – 11.00 to register to attend, or to receive the recording of the webfair, please click here.

For further information on the programme in the meantime, please go to the How to apply page.


Home Education in England


On 10 January 2022, the House of Commons Library published Home Education in England in its research briefing series. 

Action Required:

The full report is here


Public Law Outline toolkit – free workshops


Now booking: Cohort 1: 6 April (am and pm) and 27 April (am only) OR Cohort 2:  11th May (am and pm) and 25th May (am only)

Action Required:

The course is aimed at Team Managers, Service/District Managers, Heads of Services and Legal professionals and is free to SE LAs.



School attendance: Improving consistency of support


On 25 January 2022, DfE launched a consultation on School attendance: Improving consistency of support with a closing date of 28 February

Action Required:

The DfE is seeking views on introducing the following possible measures:

  • Requiring schools to have an attendance policy
  • Guidance on the expectations of LA attendance services.
  • A new regulatory framework for issuing fixed penalty notices for absence.
  • Bringing the rules for granting leaves of absence in academies in line with other state funded schools.

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: Expert Workshop #5: Mental Health Services for CYP. Fri 4 February 10:00am. More information from Alison Michalska (contact details below)

Data Benchmarking: Tuesday 15 March 10:00am 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 4 February – 10:00am. More information from Chris Owen (contact details below)

AD Safeguarding: Friday 11 March 2022. More information from Mark Evans (contact details below)

QA Network: Wednesday 16 March 2022. 2:00pm – 5:00pm. More information from Amanda Meadows (contact details below)

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

SEND SE19: 15 Februrary 2022 (LAs and Health) more information from Tracey Maytas (contact details below)

Early Help: More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)


SESLIP Freelance Consultant Approved List now open


ESCC has advertised the SESLIP Freelance Consultant Approved ListPlease address all enquiries about this opportunity to Richard Tyndall (contact details below)

Action Required:

Freelance consultants interested in seeking work with the SESLI Programme should consult the advertisement now live on the SE Shared Services eSourcing Portal


Integrated Care Systems – contact lists now published


Please see the new contact pages for the emerging networks in each of the South East’s Integrated Care System Areas. Any help colleagues can give in passing on better detaiuls than those published already will be gratefully received. Please send details to Richard Tyndall (contact details below)

Action Required:

Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes: Milton Keynes, Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton

Buckinghamshire Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB): Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham

Frimley Health and Care: Bracknell Forest, Hampshire (Hart and Rushmoor only), Slough, Surrey (Surrey Heathlands only), Windsor and Maidenhead

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (HIOW): Hampshire (except Hart and Rushmoor), Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Southampton 

Kent and Medway: Kent and Medway

Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership: Surrey (except Surrey Heath)

Sussex Health and Care Partnership: Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex


RC Psych Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


The RCPsych Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is organising an online one-day conference “Creativity in Crisis; developing integrated and holistic pathways of care” on Tuesday 1 February

Action Required:

The full details are here. ADCS are encouraging LA children’s services engagement with the developing debate around CYP mental health.

Tools & Templates

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan (October 2021) which will underpin activities in 2021-22.

Consultation on proposed revisions to Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) for the 2022 edition published by DfE 11 January 2022

DfE published its response to the consultation about the withdrawal of the School Improvement and Monitoring Brokering grant on 11 January 2022

Ofsted Education Recovery Series: Autumn 2021 published by Ofsted 16 December 2021

Key Data on Young People Data Base and Launch Webinar published by AYPH 14 December 2021

Elective Home Education survey published by ADCS on 24 November 2021

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

Mental health care of children and young people during the COVID-19 pandemic published by CQC 17 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

The MoC area of the Seslip website now includes proposals for its relaunch on 1 April 2022.

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

Service Manager, Early Help, Family Hubs and Supporting Families: Carly Bain (Isle of Wight)


07970 009956

Education Network: Chris Owen (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07825 862330

SESLIP Education Data Group Lead: Daryl Perilli (Brighton and Hove)


The Staff College Assistant Operations Manager: Ellie Bevis (The Staff College)


0161 729 1065

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

LGA Corporate Improvement Adviser: Philip (Phil) Simpkins (LGA)


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)