UPDATE NO 507 27 May 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 would 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 507 27 May 2022


Aspirant DCS Programme NOW BOOKING


The Staff College, Institute of Public Care, Skills for Care, and GatenbySanderson – supported by DfE – invite applications for the upon Aspirant Directors Programme. Applications close 13 June 2022

Action Required:

Starting in late September 2022 and running until March 2023, the upon Programme will welcome around 40 Aspirant Directors. The flyer is here or contact upon@thestaffcollege.uk or call 0161-826-9450.


Schooling for the Future: 1pm Monday 30 May


Over the past 10 years or so, The Staff College has been actively engaged in promoting international dialogue on addressing the question “What is the purpose of Schooling?”. We have developed a suite of online academic and practical resources themed as: Future Schooling; Inclusive Schooling; Community Schooling. There is a flyer here.

Action Required:

To celebrate the launch, three of our contributing authors, Professor Mel Ainscow, Professor Kathryn Riley and Valerie Hannon have agreed to join Jane Parfrement, the College CEO, and Anton Florek, the Series Editor, for an online panel discussion on Monday 30 May at 1pm during which they will provide an overview of their contribution to the series.
To join our discussion and find out more about the thinking behind the materials, please book a place by CLICKING HERE.


D2I Data Analyst Apprenticeships – LAST CALL for applications


D2I invites applications for the third cohort of Children’s Services Data Analyst apprenticeship : closing date 31 May 2022. There are two levels of the apprenticeship: a repeat of the L4 Data Analyst course, and a L3 Data Professional course. The L3 has had fewer applications to date, so Alistair Herbert is interested to hear from anyone who considered it and decided against it.

Action Required:

The application form is here on the D2I website, along with supporting materials, and we’re also running two final mop-up briefing sessions as follows: 

Wednesday 25th May at 10am (Level 4 course); Thursday 26th May at 11am (Level 3 course). To book onto a briefing session, ask for a separate chat, submit your completed application form, or ask about anything else, please email datatoinsight.enquiries@gmail.com


Data to Insight wins at British Data Awards


Congratulations to everyone connected with the Data to Insight team, who won Data for Good Initiative of the Year at the British Data Awards

Action Required:

The team beat national names like Sainsbury’s and Nectar to the prize, and were also shortlisted but unsuccessful in another category.


National Transfer Scheme – SE Regional Manager Martin Tuck started on 3 May


On 3 May Martin Tuck took up post as south east regional development manager for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

Action Required:

He will be joined by Emily Evans, placement officer, on 6 June. Please direct any questions or requests for assistance about the UASC national transfer scheme to Martin Tuck (contact details below).


Liberty Protection Safeguards – briefing May 2022

Action Required:

For more information about regional and local contacts, visit our Liberty Proection Safeguards page 


New Ofqual guidance on making assessments more accessible for students


On 12 May, Ofqual published new guidance on making assessments more accessible for students following a 12-week consultation. A summary of the guidance has been published. Further information is available in this news story.

Action Required:

The new statutory guidance explains that, when designing and developing exams and assessments, awarding organisations should:

  • use accessible and appropriate language   
  • use clear and consistent layout  
  • use source material, context, images and colour in ways that do not advantage or disadvantage students 
  • consider how reasonable adjustments could be made to the exam or assessment to make sure disabled students are not disadvantaged 


Grants for senior mental health lead training in schools and colleges


On 12 May DfE published guidance on senior mental health lead training  for schools and colleges.

Action Required:

A senior member of school or college staff can apply for a £1,200 grant to access quality assured training, to commence up to 31 March 2023.  

See eligibility conditions here

Reminders from previous weeks


Disrupting the Routes between Care and Custody for Girls and Women


On 4 May the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research (CFJ) published Disrupting the routes between care and custody for girls and womena report on the over-representation of care-experienced girls and women in the criminal justice system. 

Action Required:

Interviews were conducted with 17 girls and young women who had been in care in England. Findings include: over-criminalisation in children’s homes; experiences of abuse, victimisation and exploitation whilst in the care system; and 12 participants discussed experiences that would fit under the government definition of child sexual exploitation or child criminal exploitation. Recommendations include: building a trauma-responsive care system and addressing the link between stigma and violence against care-experienced girls. 

The full report is here


Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner – Annual Report published


On 27 April the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has published its annual report for 2021-2022 looking at modern slavery. 

The full report is here

Action Required:

The report highlights the increasing numbers of children being identified as potential victims of modern slavery and raises concerns about the safeguarding response to these children. The Commissioner also discusses national efforts to improve strategic responses.


Working together to improve school attendance


On 6 May DfE published Working together to improve school attendance, Guidance to help schools, academy trusts, governing bodies, and local authorities maintain high levels of school attendance including roles and responsibilities which apply from September 2022.

Action Required:

It includes expected standards for attendance support and the power for LAs to use proceeds from penalty notices towards service costs. Further statutory minimum standards for LAs’ attendance services will be published in due course.

The full guidance is here, a summary table of responsibilities for school attendance is here


Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: Friday 22 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 1 July 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: Wednesday 15 June 12 – 1.30 Strategic Conversation: LAs & DfE. More from Sheelagh Sullivan (contact details below)

Early Help: Monday 12 September 1.30pm. More from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

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

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

The Liberty Protection Safeguards and the Draft Code of Practice: Considerations for Consultation briefing from Dr Camilla Parker on 20 May 2022

Senior mental health lead training  guidnace for schools and colleges published by DfE 12 May 2022

Consultation on new education and training approval standards for approved mental capacity professionals published by SWE on 9 May 2022

Working together to improve school attendance published by DfE on 6 May 2022, to apply from September 2022

Disrupting the routes between care and custody for girls and women published by CFJ 4 May 2022

Children in custody: secure training centres and secure school published by NAO 28 April 2022

Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s annual report for 2021-2022 published by IASC 27 April 2022 

State of the Nation’s Foster Care 2021 published by The Fostering Netowrk on 27 April 2022

Decisions in Education in England Panel (DEEP) survey launched by EPI 25 April 2022

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

The Relationship Between Poverty and Child Abuse and Neglect: New Evidence published by Univerity of Huddersfield on 31 March 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

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

Regional Development Manager Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (SE Region): Martin Tuck (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


03707 793651

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)