South East Sector Led Improvement Programme (SESLIP)

The South East Sector Led Improvement Programme is the name for the regional improvement and innovation alliance (RIIA) in the south east.

The Regional Improvement Plan is an iteration of last year’s plan. It has an enhanced section on Lead Member involvement, a new project on Children Missing Education, a new Future Leaders’ Programme called “Taking Your Place” and has been informed by the Triad Peer Challenge sessions that were held in winter 2019-20. There are now 6 practice networks: Adoption and Special Guardianship; Assistant Directors Education; Assistant Directors Safeguarding; Data Benchmarking; Quality Assurance; and SEND. We will be canvassing support for a seventh for Fostering during the year. It also includes a large DfE grant in support of the national Data to Insight project.

The purpose of the plan is to identify action that will assist all the local authorities in the South East to deliver effective services which improve outcomes for children and young people.

The plan recognises that all children’s services have strengths which can help inspire improvement in others; it also recognises that they are all capable of further improvement. It aims to discourage the conclusion that only poor or weak services need improvement help; instead it celebrates honest self-evaluation and constant improvement as antidotes to complacency.

 The main features of the plan are

·     a non-stigmatising approach to improvement

·     support for innovation and new approaches to service delivery challenges

·     development of the skills of staff, managers, corporate and political leaders

·     increased sharing of ideas, insight, understanding and solutions 

Governance & Reports

The SESLIP Steering Group includes:

SE ADCS (Lead DCS Stuart Gallimore (East Sussex), Deputy Alison Jeffery (Portsmouth) and PIP DCS Steve Crocker (Hampshire and Isle of Wight))

Chief Executives (Lead CEx John Coughlan (Hampshire)

LGA (Lead Lead Member Cllr Gareth Barnard (Bracknell Forest); Improvement Advisers Mona Sehgal and William Brooks; and Children's Improvement Adviser Alison Michalska

Also invited to attend from the DfE is Dave Myers (Regional Improvement Support Lead) and Genevieve Cox (Deputy Regional Improvement Support Lead)

The Regional Improvement Plan has the following objectives

We will identify ways in which local authorities can support each other to improve and look at how collective action can help address systemic issues within the region.

We will recognise both positive and negative variance in performance and try to ensure that no child is left behind.

We will ensure that authorities who are facing more challenges have access to support from others in the region and, where appropriate, national support.

We will take collective action where this will support several authorities with their improvement journeys, including lobbying government where necessary.

We will support the effectiveness of lead members and their deputies and colleagues.

Tools, Templates & Useful Links

Contact Details

SESLI Programme Manager: Richard Tyndall
07880 787007
LGA Children's Improvement Adviser: Alison Michalska
07920 727626