UPDATE NO 492 11 February 2022

Newsletters If you would like to know more about these work streams 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, […]

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If you would like to know more about these work streams 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 492 11 February 2022


Public Law Outline toolkit – free workshops NOW BOOKING


Now booking: Cohort 16 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 SESLIP members.


upon Inspiring Leaders Aspirant DCS Programme NOW BOOKING


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:

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


Revised memorandum of cooperation on agency social workers – signing day Friday 11 February


All 19 SESLIP local authorities have now indicated their support for the revised memorandum of cooperation on agency social workers.

Action Required:

The coordinated signing day is Friday 11 February, and the go live date is 1 April 2022. More information from Mark Evans (details below).


Children not in school – consultation response


On 3 February, DfE published its response to the Children not in school consultation which has been running since 2019.

Action Required:

The response includes a commitment to legislate a duty for LAs to maintain a register of children not on school rolls and provide support to home educators (and recognising this has resource implications) and for parents and proprietors to register.  

The full response is here


Increasing attendance with parent messages – a supportive ‘how-to’ guide for schools


On 3 February, the Behavioural Insights Team published an updated version of its How-to-guide for schools increasing attendance

Action Required:

This guide is designed to help teachers and school leaders improve attendance among persistently absent students by sending evidence-based messages to parents. The messages were developed and tested by Bristol City Council in 2020 in partnership with the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) and have been updated in 2022 for the current context.

The how-to-guide is here


Securing good attendance and tackling persistent absence

Action Required:

It finds that schools that improve pupil attendance from a low baseline, maintain high levels of attendance and minimise persistent absence adopt similar strategies that can best be summarised as ‘listen, understand, empathise and support – but do not tolerate’.

The full report is here


Consultation on Behaviour in Schools and Suspension and Permanent Exclusion Guidance. Closes 31 March 2022

Action Required:

The online consultation is here. The questions in the consultation questionnaire are here. The consultation closes 31 March 2022.

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: Expert Workshop #6: Political leadership of effective SEND systems. Fri 4 March 9:30am. More 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: Monday 25 April 10.30am-12noon More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

Action Required:

AD EducationFriday 18 March – 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: Wednesday April 27 2022 10-11.30am More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

SEND SE19: 15 February 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


WWCSC – Outcomes for black children in care and Ethnic minority social workers in the UK

Action Required:

Findings show that black children in care have slightly better placement stability and educational attainment outcomes than white children in care, but the conclusions may not be reliable. The full report is here.

A review of social workers from black, asian and minority ethnic communities found that they are overrepresented in the student population and the qualified workforce but less likely to complete qualifying courses and underrepresented in senior roles. The full report is here.


JRF: UK Poverty 2022

Action Required:

Child poverty continues to rise with 4,300,000 (31%) of UK children living in poverty; nearly half of children in lone-parent families live in poverty, compared with 1 in 4 of those in couple families; and the child poverty rate for children in families with 3 or more children is almost twice as high as the rate for children in 1- or 2-child families (47% compared with 24%).

A 4-page summary is here, and the full report is here


NICE consultation: Self harm: assessment, management and preventing recurrence. Closing date 1 March 2022


On 18 January 2022, NICE published draft guidelines on self-harm for people working in settings from primary care to psychiatry.

Action Required:

All professionals working across the health and social care system have a role to play in supporting people who self-harm and the issue should not just be seen as the responsibility of those with mental health expertise, NICE has said in a new draft guideline. The consultation closes on 1 March, and final publication is planned for 29 June 2022.

Tools & Templates

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

Securing good attendance and tackling persistent absence published by Ofsted on 7 February 2022

How-to-guide for schools increasing attendance published by Behavioural Insights Team 3 February 2022

Response to the Children not in school consultation published by DfE 3 February 2022

Draft guidelines on self-harm (consultation closes 1 March 2022) published by NICE on 18 January 2022

UK Poverty 2022: The essential guide to understanding poverty in the UK published by Joseph Rowntree Foundation on 18 January 2022

Outcomes for black children in care and Ethnic minority social workers in the UK published by WWCSC on 13 January 2022

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

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 October 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

The MoC area of the SESLIP website now includes details of 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)