If you would like to know more about these workstreams or the others in 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 2019-20 can be found here.

UPDATE NO 396 27th March 2020


Coronavirus and Covid-19 Response


In response to requests for information about how others are responding to the pandemic, we have created a new C-19 page which has unrestricted access and another which is password-protected.

Access to both pages is in the drop-down menu from "Latest News".

We have provided links to DfE publications, and on the restricted page, to shared information from colleagues in the South East and from other regional SLI teams. The material from the North West is particularly detailed (thank you Paul Bunker for sharing).

Action Required

Please can you help us populate the C-19 pages by

1. Sharing any unrestricted guidance, advice or publicity via Isabelle Gregory (contact details below)

2. Sharing any more sensitive material that should be accessible only with a password via Isabelle Gregory (contact details below)

3. Letting us know the name and details your lead contact(s) for coronavirus and covid-19 responses to whom (along with all DCSs) we will give access to the restricted page. Please pass details to Isabelle Gregory (contact details below) 


All SESLIP meetings cancelled or postponed


The SESLIP team will be delivering as much usual business as possible whilst minimising social contact. In practice this means no face-to-face meetings and plenty of phone calls, conferences, video meetings and the like.

We understand that each authority will have operational priorities at the moment, and that usual SESLIP business will take a back seat. In the meantime we have created information pages for your C-19 response

Action Required

1. We are aware that children’s service leaders are experiencing extremely challenging times, and may value support to maintain resilience so they have the personal resources to continue to respond and adapt to the changing circumstances during this crisis. We have a number of trained coaches with experience of senior management in children’s services who are happy to offer short focused coaching sessions online to assist with debriefing, problem solving, perspective taking and reflection on the current situation and help identify next steps, sessions can range from 30 to 90 minutes and can be organised within a short timescale. These would be free to users and the consultant time met from the SESLIP funds. Please contact Isabelle Gregory (isabelle@firstcareconsultancy.co.uk 07931 586784) in the first instance with your preferred time slot/dates if you would like to take up this offer

2. Similarly, there may be parts of your service that are creaking under the strain of staff redeployments/illness/self-isolation absence etc. We have experienced and qualified consultants who are unexpectedly available to help problem solve – or even do  –  some critical tasks. We are not quite sure what sort of requests we might receive, but we are here to help and no-one will be turned away. Please contact Richard Tyndall (Richard.tyndall@richardtyndall.co.uk 07880-787007) with your requests.


Urgent appeal for Social Workers to re-join the profession


Social Work England, the specialist regulator for social workers in England, has issued an urgent appeal for people to re-join the profession – Their press release states

“Social workers protect millions of people every day and are more important than ever as society faces unprecedented upheaval during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the coming days we will contact 8,000 former social workers and set up a temporary register to make sure people across England continue to receive the best possible support when they need it most."

Action Required

The move comes as a UK wide recruitment drive for former doctors, nurses and allied health professionals was announced by the government last week. Emergency legislation will give Social Work England the powers to register on a temporary basis ‘fit, proper and suitably experienced’ former social workers who have left the profession in the last two years.

The full report is available here

Reminders From Previous Weeks

Key dates

EEF publishes new evaluation report on SEND


Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) have the greatest need for excellent teaching and are entitled to provision that supports achievement at, and enjoyment of, school. The attainment gap between pupils with SEND and their peers is twice as big as the gap between pupils eligible for free school meals and their peers. However, pupils with SEND are also more than twice as likely to be eligible for free school meals.

This is why EEF have developed this guidance report. It offers five evidence-based recommendations to support pupils with SEND, providing a starting point for schools to review their current approach and practical ideas they can implement.


The five recommendations:

1. Create a positive and supportive environment for all pupils without exception

2. Build an ongoing, holistic understanding of your pupils and their needs

3. Ensure all pupils have access to high quality teaching

4. Complement high quality teaching with carefully selected small-group and one-to-one interventions

5. Work effectively with teaching assistants

Also available: the full reportposter of summary recommendationseffective parental engagementfour common SEND misconceptionshigh quality teaching for pupils with SENDplotting overlapping needs for pupils with SEND

Tools & Templates

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan which will underpin activities in 2019-20

Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools - Guidance from EEF published 19 March 2020

Universal free school meals winning in the fight against childhood obesity published by the Nuffield Foundation on 9 March 2020

NEET statistics annual brief: 2019 published by DfE on 5 March 2020

Triennial Analysis of Serious Care reviews 2014-2017 published by DfE on 4 March 2020

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: annual report 2018 to 2019 published by DfE 4 March 2020

The Attendance Playbook: approaches to reducing chronic low attendance and the evidence that supports the different strategies published by Institute for Effective Education 3 March 2020

The state of children and young people's health across the UK. Data and policy priorities published Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 2 March 2020

Destination Unknown: improving transitions for care leavers and young people with SEND published by the Children's Services Development Group 28 February 2020

Profit making and risk in independent children’s social care placement providers published by LGA 27 February 2020

Adverse childhood experiences What we know, what we don't know, and what should happen next published by Early Intervention Foundation 26 February 2020

Review of the National Leaders of Education (NLE) programme published by DfE 25 February 2020

Peep Learning Together Programme published by EEF 24 February 2020

Off-rolling in English Schools published by The House of Commons Library on 21 February 2020

Study of Early Education and Development (SEED): Financial returns to early education spending published by DfE 21 February 2020

The effects of high-quality professional development on teachers and students published by the Eduction Policy Institute 19 February 2020

What does English as an additional language really mean when it comes to Progress 8? published by FFT Education Datalab 13 February 2020

Developing and sustaining an effective local SEND system: a practical guide for councils and partners  published by LGA 13 February 2020

Multi-agency response to child sexual abuse in the family environment: joint targeted area inspections (JTAIs) published by DfE 4 February 2020

Building resilience: how local partnerships are supporting children and young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing published by LGA 3 February 2020

Troubled Families programme in England House of Commons Library briefing published on 26 January 2020

SEND Inspection Preparation: Self Evaluation Framework Peer Review Guidance

The MoC area of the Seslip website now includes the latest versions of key documents, including the:

SESLIP Contact Details

Data Benchmarking: Alastair Lee
01273 481468
LGA Children's Improvement Adviser: Alison Michalska
07920 727626
SE DCS Peer Challenge: Anna Wright
07415 099245
Education Network: Chris Owen
07825 862330
SESLIP Education Data Group Lead: Daryl Perilli
Developing Quality Assurance Capacity and Developing Models of Social Work Projects: Diane Williamson
07970 328049
South East Grid for Learning - Consortium Manager: Heather Hadfield
07931 506487 or 0118 978 9679
Isabelle Gregory
07931 586784
CSC Workforce and Complex Care Needs Projects: Mark Evans
07803 147072
Adoption & SG Leadership and In-house Fostering Projects: Rebecca Eligon
07944 996219
SESLI Programme Manager: Richard Tyndall
07880 787007
Complex Care Needs Projects: Rosemary Perry
07739 853434
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND): Tracey Maytas
02392 437680