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 287 02nd February 2018


SE DCS Peer Challenge 2018


Planning is underway for 4 Director's Peer Challenges in 2018. The confirmed participants and dates are in bold on the accompanying chart. Nominations are invited to join the visiting team to Oxfordshire in July, names to Richard Tyndall in the first instance please. For more details please go to the SE ADCS Peer Challenge page. Colleagues requiring a more detailed briefing should contact Anna Wright (details below).

The 2018 MoU is now available for particpants to download, sign and return. Thanks to Bracknell Forest for returning a signed MoU.

Action Required

Triad Host Visitor Observer Challenge Session Date Fieldwork Date
1 Oxfordshire  Milton Keynes Portsmouth  to be arranged 23 & 24 July 2018
2 West Berkshire Southampton East Sussex to be arranged to be arranged
3 Hampshire Windsor and Maidenhead Brighton and Hove to be arranged to be arranged
4 West Sussex Kent Bracknell Forest  to be arranged to be arranged


LGA Home Education Briefing


On 24 January, the LGA briefed the House of Lords.  The majority of parents who home educate their children do a good job and work well with their local council to make sure that a good education is being provided. However, we are concerned that not all children are registered as home schooled, particularly where they have never joined the mainstream education system or they have moved to a new area. 

Action Required

Other Key Messages

  • The Local Government Association (LGA) has raised concerns that councils do not currently have the powers to fulfil their duties to ensure home schooled children are receiving a suitable education. In particular, this is because they have no powers to enter homes or to see children to satisfy themselves that this is the case.
  • Councils need powers to enter the homes of, or otherwise see, children in order to establish whether they are receiving a suitable education and meet their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. New duties on councils must be fully funded.
  • There also needs to be a clearer definition of a school to make it easier for Ofsted or the Department for Education to classify and close down illegal schools when they are uncovered.
  • A duty on parents to register home-schooled children with their local authority would help councils to monitor how children are being educated, and prevent children from disappearing from the oversight of services designed to keep them safe.




Paige GoreProgramme Support Officer at LGA writes,

In partnership with Isos Partnership, LGA has recently published a report looking at role of local authorities in supporting local school improvement systems. The LGA is now supporting a series of five regional workshops across the country in 2018 to discuss this role in more depth and consider the issues that are affecting each local area. These events will be free, if you would like to attend, we would be grateful if you could respond to paige.gore@local.gov.uk at the LGA by Wednesday 28 February.  

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis so please apply as soon as possible. 

Action Required

The regional workshops will take place on the following dates at the following locations and all begin at 10.30am:

  • Birmingham – 8 March (Novotel, 70 Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2HT)
  • Manchester – 9 March (Britannia Hotel, Portland Street, Manchester M1 3LA)
  • Bristol – 16 March (Novotel, Victoria Street, Bristol BS1 6HY)
  • London – 22 March (Local Government House, 18 Smith Square, London SW1P 3HZ)
  • Newcastle – 23 March (Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stephenson Quarter, Hawthorn Square, Newcastle NE1 3SA)

For more details download the flyer or contact contact Simon Rea simon.rea@isospartnership.com or Clive Harris clive.harris@local.gov.uk 

Reminders From Previous Weeks

Key dates

SE19 SEND Network Steering Group


The next meeting of the SE19 SEND Network Steering Group will be held 30 January 2018 at Blackfriars Settlement, 1Rushworth Street, London SE1 0RB 10:30 to 15:30


For further details please contact your SEND lead or Tracey Maytas (contact details below)

Please see also the DfE announcement of the SEND Implementation Grant allocations for 2018/19 available in the following link:


Key dates

Complex LAC and Edge of Care Efficiencies


We have places available at the Complex LAC & Edge of Care Efficiency workshop taking place on the 1st March 13.30-16.30 at Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton St, Westminster, London SW1P 3R. 


To date Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, Milton Keynes, Kent, Portsmouth, Surrey, and Windsor and Maidenhead have booked places. The target audience is service managers and places are limited to a maximum of 2 per authority. For more contact Mark Evans or Rosemary Perry (details below).

Key dates

Leadership Development


We continue to offer our successful portfolio of Leadership Development Courses all of which have been positively evaluated by delegates.

We are offering LAs the opportunity to train their own trainers for all our courses. Our aim is to increase the capacity and capability across the region  to ensure future sustainability within LAs. Courses can also be delivered with adult services and/or for schools. Please contact Di Smith, details below, if this is of interest to you


All courses are run in-house in the LA who provides the venue. Each course is accompanied by a range of training resources for the delegates including a comprehensive handbook. The current courses on offer are as follows and details of each course and the costs for each can be found by downloading the April 2016 Leadership Development Prospectus

Coaching to Improve Performance

Embedding a Coaching Culture

Leading Change in Times of Austerity

Step Up to Leadership   

We can also arrange one-to-one coaching, especially to support newly appointed 2nd and 3rd tier managers

If you require further details or wish to book a course please get in touch with Di Smith (contact details below)

Tools & Templates

The LGA has launched a campaign "Bright Futures - A call to properly fund the services that change children’s lives."

The campaign features a local case study Delivering children’s services differently – Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

'Transforming the mental health services for children who have been abused', a report which examines the extent to which Clinical Commissioning Groups in England are taking into account the particular needs of children and young people who have been abused and neglected when planning local mental health services. 

SESLIP Leadership Development Prospectus

SEND19 Calendar of Events October 17 - March 2018

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:

For further infomation on refugees and unaccompanied children visit: LGA - National or SECouncils - Regional

Local area SEND inspection outcome letters

UKCCIS has released some key questions for Governors.

UK Safer Internet Centre checklist

SESLIP Contact Details

Adoption and Complex Care Needs Projects: Rosemary Perry
07739 853434
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND): Tracey Maytas
02392 437680
SESLI Programme Manager: Richard Tyndall
07880 787007
South East Grid for Learning - Consortium Manager: Heather Hadfield
07931 506487 or 0118 978 9679
SE DCS Peer Challenge: Anna Wright
07415 099245
CSC Workforce and Complex Care Needs Projects: Mark Evans
07803 147072
Data Benchmarking: Alastair Lee
01273 481468