UPDATE NO 534 02 December 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 2022-2023 (July 2022) 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 534 02 December 2022


SEND Workforce Training from RISE Partnership Dec 2022 – March 2023


The RISE partnership is advertising three workshops for the SEND workforce. Each workshop is offered on multiple dates in the period Decemebr 22- March 23. There is no charge, and the training will be delivered via Teams.


Closing the school readiness gap through parenting support


On Tuesday 8 December at 2.00 – 3.30pm NESTA is running an action learning set with the LGA. How can Nesta help local authorities close the school readiness gap through parenting support? 

Action Required:

NESTA is developing a strand of work on building parental capabilities; working with local authorities to offer high quality parenting interventions to more families. It is focusing on interventions that support parents from pregnancy to age two, and those that support the early home learning environment.

You can book your place here


Research with parents who electively home educate (EHE)


The SESLIP AD Education Network has published a summary of research with parents who electively home educate, undertaken by the University of Portsmouth.

Action Required:

For more information about this project, contact Chris Owen (details below)


Just Fair – Leading in Colour


On 30 November The Staff College published Just Fair – Leading in Colour. Too many Black children are comprehensively failed in their early years and are more likely to: be in care; attain poorly; be known to social care; have Special Educational Needs; or live in persistent low income

Action Required:

Rose Durban, Author, Just Fair says, “This is unacceptable as the lived experience, the reality and the destiny of too many Black children. A vicious cycle. A cycle we can and should commit to change for children living, learning and growing up in our communities, right now.”

You can download the 42-page briefing here


Early years practice mapped


On 28 November NESTA published Mapping early years practice. This is a new method of clustering local authorities to help identify variations in practice that drive early years outcomes

Action Required:

This work attempts to answer the fundamental question, “why do local authorities with similar demographics and circumstances have different results in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP)?”

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: Friday 3 February. More from Alison Michalska (contact details below)

Data Benchmarking: Tuesday 13 December 10:00am More from Alastair Lee (contact details below)

Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board: More from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

Action Required:

AD EducationFriday 27 January 10:00am. via Teams. More from Chris Owen (contact details below)

AD Safeguarding: Friday 9 December 10:00am. More from Mark Evans (contact details below)

QA Network: Wednesday 14 December 2:00pm. More from Amanda Meadows (contact details below)

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

SEND SE19: Wednesday 14 December 2022 12:00 – 13:30 Joint Conversation: LAs, Health, DfE, NHSE/I & NNPCF. More from Sheelagh Sullivan (contact details below)

Early Help: Monday 5 December 11.30am. More from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)


SESLIP Inside Out Final Report


Rebecca Eligon (contact details below) writes, 

The DfE-funded Inside Out project has come to an end. As part of this project 11 Local authorities were given £13k each to trial innovative approaches to preventing placement breakdown. The final report reveals a 91% success rate, with estimated associated savings of £1m annually.    

Action Required:

The authorities delivered a range of interventions designed to prevent placement breakdown including week/ends away, Video Interaction Guidance , trauma-informed therapy and psychotherapy. The recipients were children and young people, foster  or kinship carers and the birth children of foster carers.  There were 56 beneficiaries; of those, placements 51 remained in place. Read the full report here.

Tools & Templates

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan (July 2022) which will underpin activities while we await publication of the DfE’s reponse to the McAllister Care Review, which is anticipated in Autumn 2022

On 30 November The Staff College published Just Fair – Leading in Colour

On 28 November NESTA published Mapping early years practice

On 24 November SESLIP published Inside Out Final Report

On 17 November DfE published Education and training statistics for the UK 2022 and Children looked after in England including adoptions

On 16 November SEND legal advice charity IPSEA and the Howard League for Penal Reform published a briefing paper Education inside penal detention for children in England

On 14 November Ofsted published Best start in life: a research review for early years

On 10 November, Agenda Alliance published Girls Speak: Pushed Out Left Out, final report

On 10 November Julie McCullochASCL Director of Policy published a blog The ‘Messy Middle Tier’: Parts 1 and 2

On 9 November Ofsted published Terms of reference: thematic review of careers guidance. The review will be published in autumn 2023.

On 2 November ADCS published a thematic report on Mental Health alongside an interim report of the eighth iteration of its Safeguarding Pressures research

On 27 October DfE published Characteristics of children in need 2022

On 26 October the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel published a report investigating allegations of abuse at residential homes for disabled children

On 20 October the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse published its final report

On 20 October DfE published Academic Year 2021/22 Key Stage 4 performance data

On 18 October DfE updated its Guidance on our intervention work with local authorities as part of its published advice on creating sustainable high needs systems

On 12 October Alyssa Alcorn of the University of Edinburgh gave a presentation about learning about neurodiveristy at school (LEANS) to the SE19 Joint SEND Strategic Conversation

On 12 October DfE published Seven features of practice and seven outcomes.

On 7 October DfE published new guidance on Schools Causing Concern

On 7 October, ASCEL,  Libraries Connected and LGA published a Library Rhyme Time Chart 

On 6 October the DfE and OHID launched a home learning environment (HLE) campaign

On 6 October Anna Freud Centre published The Evidence Base for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Interventions with Children Under 5 Years of Age and Their Caregivers: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

On 30 September What Works for Children’s Social Care published a systematic review of Safeguarding practice for young people and adults who experienced child sexual exploitation.

On 29 September the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel published two papers: The management of bruising in non-mobile infants and Multi-agency safeguarding and domestic abuse

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)


SESLIP Consultant and LGA SEND Improvement Adviser: Deborah Glassbrook (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07882 158959

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


0161 729 1065

SESLIP Consultant: Isabelle Gregory (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07931 586784

South East Grid for Learning – Consortium Manager: Krista Pickering (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07872 014083

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)