UPDATE NO 499 01 April 2022

Newsletters If you would like to know more about 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 […]

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If you would like to know more about 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

If you like to work for the programme, ESCC has advertised the SESLIP Freelance Consultant Approved ListPlease address all enquiries about this opportunity to Richard Tyndall (contact details below)

UPDATE NO 499 01 April 2022


Public Law Outline toolkit – free SESLIP workshops NOW BOOKING


The course is aimed at team managers, service/district managers, heads of service and legal professionals and is free to SESLIP members. Join the 60+ colleagues from across the region who have already booked.

Action Required:

Now booking: Cohort 16 April (am and pm) and 27 April (am only) OR Cohort 2:  11 May (am and pm) and 25 May (am only). For more information contact Alison Smailes (details below)


Take Your Place – aspirant ADCS course NOW BOOKING


The Take Your Place programme is NOW BOOKING a 5-day aspirant Assistant Director’s course aimed at (approx) third-tier officers. Free of charge, each SESLIP large authority has two places and small authorities a single place. Your final nominations need to be endorsed by your DCS and details sent to Mark Evans (details below). The deadline for applications is Friday 22 April. See this flyer for more details

Action Required:

The 5-day programme will be delivered by The Staff College and consist of:

  • 1 x 2-day face to face orientation residential, including evening speaker (16 & 17 June)
  • 3 x ½ day virtual workshops, including sessions facilitated by Research in Practice & Early Intervention Foundation (11 July, 12 September, 27 September)
  • 1 x 1 day face to face end of programme/partner workshop (13 October)
  • 1 x ½ day co-production session
  • 5 X action learning set sessions during and post


System Leadership – CYP Mental Health 28 April 3pm NOW BOOKING


NHS (England), The Staff College and SESLIP have organised a 2-hour online workshop “System Leadership in Children and Young People’s Mental Health – a south-east region perspective” 3pm-5pm on Thursday 28 April.  

Action Required:

This event is FREE and aimed at all strategic leaders from partner agencies, commissioners and providers. You can book here


Opportunity for All – Schools White Paper


On 28 March DfE published Opportunity for all: strong schools with great teachers for your child which sets out plans to deliver on the government’s priority to level up across the country. The economic benefits of meeting the white paper’s ambitions, and the case for a fully trust led system, are also set out.


SEND review: right support, right place, right time – new DfE consultation closes 1 July 2022


On March 29, DfE published SEND Review: Right support Right place Right time. The DfE is seeking views on its green paper about the changes we want to make to the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and alternative provision (AP) system in England.

Action Required:

You can respond to the consultation here, or you can email SENDReview.CONSULTATION@EDUCATION.GOV.UK. The consultation closes on 1 July 2022.



Action Required:

Findings from 1,958 responses to a survey of registered social workers include: 19% reported that workplace racism had increased their anxiety, and 13% reported worsened mental health; and social workers from ethnic minorities typically experience increased scrutiny and negative assumptions about their skills based on their ethnicity. The full report is here.


Early Help Network


The Early Help Network page is now live. The next meeting is on Wednesday 25 May at 1.30. Please contact Rebecca Eligon (details below) for further information.

Action Required:

There is a list of Early Help Lead contacts across the region. Please can you check the entry for your authority and send any updates to Isabelle Gregory (details below).


Supporting schools that are not making necessary improvements. Closes 23 May


On March 28, DfE publsihed a consultation on Supporting schools that are not making necessary improvements. It proposes to make all schools with two consecutive Ofsted judgments of below ‘Good’ eligible for intervention. This will enable the Secretary of State to move these schools into strong trusts in order to ensure that children attending them receive the standard of education they deserve. This change to the Department’s policy on intervention in schools would be introduced from September 2022, pending the outcome of the consultation.

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: Joint meeting with DCSs on NHS Integrated Care Systems. Fri 8 April 9:30am. More from Alison Michalska (contact details below)

Data Benchmarking: Tuesday 12 July 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 6 May 10:00am. More information from Chris Owen (contact details below)

AD Safeguarding: Friday 10 June 10:00am. More information from Mark Evans (contact details below)

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

Fostering Network: Wednesday 27 April 10-11.30am More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

SEND SE19: more information from Tracey Maytas (contact details below)

Early Help: Wednesday 25 May 1.30pm. More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)


Education, children’s social care and offending


On 10 March 2022, DfE published Education, children’s social care and offending, an examination of the education and social care background of children cautioned or sentenced for an offence.

Action Required:

Correlations reported include the large majority of offenders have SEND (which increases the more prolific the offender) and that there is a closer correlation between having a series of suspensions and offending behaviour than if permanently excluded. Most young people who offended also had high levels of persistent absence.

The full report (81 pages) is here


School Capacity Survey May 2021 published


On 24 March, DfE published the data reported by local authorities in England, in the annual School Capacity (SCAP) survey, as of 1 May 2021. 

Action Required:

Data shows that 17% of primaries and 22% of secondaries are at or over capacity. Demand for primary places is expected to have peaked this year and, in secondaries, in 2025-26. These data report the highest level of excess capacity in primaries for a decade.


Sustainable high needs systems: learning from the ‘safety valve’ intervention programme

Action Required:

The programme, working with a small number of local authorities in the first round, identified a number of ways in which local authorities can and should improve their management of their high needs systems. The lessons learned through this intervention programme could benefit other local authorities.

Tools & Templates

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan (October 2021) which will underpin activities in 2021-22, and the early part of 2022-23

SEND Review: Right support Right place Right time published by DfE on 29 March 2022

Supporting schools that are not making necessary improvements published by DfE on 28 March 2022

Opportunity for all: strong schools with great teachers for your child published by DfE on 28 March 2022

School Capacity (SCAP) survey published by DfE 24 March 2022

Sustainable high needs systems: learning from the ‘safety valve’ intervention programme published by DfE 24 March 2022

Anti-Racism Report published by What Works for Children’s Social CareSocial Work England and the Principal Social Worker Network on 17 March 2022

Education, children’s social care and offending published by DfE on 10 March 2022

Children’s social work workforce statistics published by DfE on 24 February 2022

Spotlight Inquiry published by APPG for Looked After Children and Care Leavers on 22 February 2022

Early help: concepts, policy directions and multi-agency perspectives published by Ofsted on 10 February 2022

What do we know about children deprived of their liberty? published by NFJO on 9 February 2022

State of the nation 2021: children and young people’s wellbeing published by DfE 8 February 2022

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

Consultation on proposed changes to the School Admission Appeals Code published by DfE on 7 February 2022. Closes 3 April 2022

Serious youth violence: county lines drug dealing and the Government response published by the House of Commons Library on 4 February 2022

Consultation on Behaviour in Schools Guidance and Suspension and Permanent Exclusion Guidance published by DfE on 3 February 2022. Closes 31 March 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

Social work in England: Emerging Themes published by Social Work England 31 January 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

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: 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

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)