UPDATE NO 503 29 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 503 29 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 2:  11 May (am and pm) and 25 May (am only).

For more information contact Alison Smailes (details below)


Take Your Place – the future leaders programme for the South East 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. The deadline for reserved places for each authority has now passed, but there are still 4 places available as I write. Your final nominations need to be endorsed by your DCS and details sent to Mark Evans (details below)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

More from Mark Evans (contact details below)


Why do children go into children’s homes? – report from Ofsted


On 13 April, Ofsted pubished Why do children go into children’s homes? on why children go into children’s homes and how well matched they are.

Action Required:

Ofsted carried out a study to find out how well matched children are to their homes and the extent to which their participation, views, wishes and feelings are considered in the decision-making process. The study looks at a small group of children who have a very wide and diverse set of needs and who live in children’s homes that were visited by Ofsted inspectors in late 2019.

The full report is here


The care files: Exploring the experiences of teenagers entering the care system


On 7 April, NFJO published The care files: Exploring the experiences of teenagers entering the care system. This report summary presents the key themes and insights drawn from a number of co-designed workshops and interviews with 24 older children and young people who are either being supported by the care system, or who were supported by the care system in England and Wales between the ages of 10 and 17. 

Action Required:

Findings include: young people felt that they were placed on ‘opposing teams’ to their parents during the court process; support networks were broken down rather than sustained; children experienced feelings of loneliness and stigma; and supported placements were too focused on surveillance rather than development.

Recommendations include: encouraging children to be informed and involved in decisions about their care, and helping children to maintain relationships and support networks.

A summary report is here. The full report is here


IntegratED Annual Report published


On 20 April IntegratED published its Annual Report 2021. This second state of the nation report into school exclusion and alternative provision from the IntegratED partnership brings together all the available data, research, and policy from this historically overlooked cohort.

Action Required:

It offers an excellent overview of inclusion, exclusions, AP and off-rolling across the English education system, both data and policy. The report also provides a helpful summary of policy initiatives during 2021

Every year around 8,000 children are permanently excluded from school and an even greater number are moved into alternative provision (AP) through other routes. The rate of exclusion is much lower in other parts of the UK. In the academic year 2018-19, 3 pupils were permanently excluded in Scotland, 246 pupils were permanently excluded in Wales, and 30 were permanently excluded in Northern Ireland. 

The full report is here


Women in Leadership Course NOW BOOKING


Applications to join the Women in Leadership (WIL) Programme Cohort 10 in London are now open. The price for this course is £695 + VAT and it starts in October 2022.

Action Required:

WIL is designed to create a safe space for women to connect, share their experiences and learn how to strive and thrive in their own work places.
Venue: St Pancras Meetings and Events, Air-Room Accommodation: The Megaro  General Location: Close links to Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston train stations. 
More information from Ellie Bevis (contact details below).


Family Hubs – Community of Practice (South East)


The webpage for the Family Hubs – Community of Practice (South East) is now live.

Action Required:

Please see the Family Hubs Lead Contact page, also now live. For further information, download the newsletter (see above) or contact Carly Bain (details below)

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: Friday 8 July 10.00am.  More from Alison Michalska (contact details below)

Data Benchmarking: Tuesday 12 July 10:00am More from Alastair Lee (contact details below)

Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board: Wednesday 20 July 10.30am-12noon More from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

Action Required:

AD EducationFriday 6 May 10:00am. More from Chris Owen (contact details below)

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

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

Fostering Network: Wednesday 13 July 10-11.30am More from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

SEND SE19: Joint LA/Health 10 May 2022 12:00 – 13:30. More from Tracey Maytas (contact details below)

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

Family Hubs Community of Practice: SEND workshop via Teams 9 June 9.20 – 11.30. More from Carly Bain (contact details below) 


School-led tutoring grant


On 20 April DfE published revisions to the School-led tutoring grant. This sets out how schools and academy trusts should plan and deliver the national tutoring programme’s school-led tutoring to help pupils catch up on missed learning.

Action Required:

This guidance is for:

  • school and academy trust leaders
  • school and academy trust staff
  • governing bodies

It applies to state-funded schools and academy trusts with pupils eligible for pupil premium.

The guidance is here, with seperate documents for local authorities and virtual school heads; and for local authorities and independent special schools.


Emergency planning and response for education, childcare, and children’s social care settings


On 1 April DfE published Emergency planning and response for education, childcare, and children’s social care settings. It sets out guidance on how educational and childcare settings should plan for and deal with emergencies, including significant public health incidents and severe weather.

Action Required:

This guidance applies to:

  • early years
  • wraparound childcare and out of school settings
  • children’s social care
  • schools
  • further education
  • higher education
  • special educational needs and disability (SEND) and specialist settings

The full guidance is here

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

Annual Report 2021 published by IntegratED on 20 April 2022 

School-led tutoring grant published by DfE 20 April 2022

Why do children go into children’s homes? published by Ofsted on 13 April 2022

The care files: Exploring the experiences of teenagers entering the care system published by NFJO on 7 April 2022

Emergency planning and response for education, childcare, and children’On 13 April, Ofsted pubisheds social care settings published by DfE 1 April 2022

Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan published by the Home Office 30 March 2022

Supporting practice in tackling child sexual abuse film series published by the CSA Centre on 30 March 2022

Child victims of modern slavery in the UK: March 2022 published by ONS 29 March 2022

Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit 2021 published by Brighton and Hove City Council, alongside a request to make a  donation to the work of Allsorts Youth Project

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

The Competition & Markets Authority final report into the children’s social care market published by CMA 12 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

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)