A brief summary of the main headlines and highlights for this week are shown below. Any tools, templates or documents needed for the actions required are provided here also. 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.

UPDATE NO 319 14th September 2018


2018-19 DCS Peer Challenge Arrangements


Congratulations to Brighton and Hove, Buckinghamshire and West Berkshire (Triad 5) who have agreed Tuesday 26 February 2019 for their challnege day. They join Hampshire and IoWMilton Keynes and Slough (Triad 3) who have agreed Friday 15 February 2019 for theirs. Isabelle Gregory (contact details below) will be in touch to chase progress with other Traids.

Thanks to the 10 colleagues who have signed and returned their MoUs.

We are working on the next iteration of the Regional Improvement Plan, which will be circulated ahead of the next SE ADCS meeting on 5 October.

For more information please contact Anna Wright or Richard Tyndall (details below).


Action Required

Detailed arrangements are under way for the peer challenge of self-assessment arrangements that will culminate in the Regional Improvement Summit on 22 March 2019 - please save this date for DCSs and Lead Members.

Also please save the date 30 November 2018 for DCSs and management team members for the regional training and preparation day. Please contact Anna Wright for more details, and Isabelle Gregory to book your places. Thanks to the 23 deleagtes from 9 authorities who have already booked places.

Thanks to 15/19  for sharing Annual Conversation letters. (still missing Bracknell Forest, Medway, Reading and Surrey), and only three more self-assessemnts needed for a full set (Medway, Reading, and Surrey awaited); thanks to the other 16 for sharing.

These documents are all available from the restricted DCS-only section of the website.

For access to this page, and to supply further reports, please contact Isabelle Gregory (details below).

Reminders From Previous Weeks

Tools & Templates

There have been three reports published recently on the state of financing in Children's Services; they are:

SESLIP Leadership Development Prospectus

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:

The revised guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 was released on the 20 May 2018 and can be found here. The statutory guidance will come into force on 3 September 2018 and will replace KCSiE 2016. One key addition is a new part (part 5) on advice for schools on responding to and supporting young victims of sexual violence and harassment.

NSPCC has produced a briefing document highlighting the main changes in the new version compared to the current one. It can be found here.

SESLIP Contact Details

Head of Inclusion: Dr Julia Katherine
02392 688448
Education Network: Alison Rendle
07972 333229
Isabelle Gregory
07931 586784
South East Grid for Learning - Consortium Manager: Heather Hadfield
07931 506487 or 0118 978 9679
SESLI Programme Manager: Richard Tyndall
07880 787007
SE DCS Peer Challenge: Anna Wright
07415 099245
CSC Workforce and Complex Care Needs Projects: Mark Evans
07803 147072
Adoption and Complex Care Needs Projects: Rosemary Perry
07739 853434
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND): Tracey Maytas
02392 437680
Data Benchmarking: Alastair Lee
01273 481468