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 304 01st June 2018


SE DCS Peer Challenge 2018


Planning is underway for 3 Director's Peer Challenges in 2018. The confirmed participants and dates are in bold on the accompanying chart. 

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 and Brighton and Hove for returning a signed MoU.

Action Required

Triad Host Visitor Observer Challenge Session Date Fieldwork Date
1 Oxfordshire  Milton Keynes Portsmouth  Feb 2018 23 & 24 July 2018
2 Wokingham Southampton East Sussex early October December 2018 tbc
3 Hampshire Windsor and Maidenhead Brighton and Hove 7 September 2018 8 & 9 November 2018

I now have one vacancy to join the team to visit Hampshire in November; thanks to colleagues from Brighton and Hove, Kent, Bracknell Forest and Southampton for volunteering to join the teams. Please contact Richard Tyndall in the first instance if you wish to join the Hampshire team.


Consultation on 2018-19 DCS Peer Challenge Arrangements


Work is now underway on a "trial run" to create a regional improvement plan for 2018/19. We are aiming to bring a draft to the SE ADCS meeting on 13 July.

This work will be based on three separate views of regional priorities: a survey of published Ofsted reports; the regional benchmarking data; and the "offer" and "ask" identified by each DCS. It will include existing improvement offers from SESLIP, LGA and Partners in Practice.

Action Required

Thanks to West Berkshire and Milton Keynes for completing the Improvement Survey; all other SE DCSs will today receive a reminder of the email invitation to identify priorities for the emerging regional improvement plan. We are using a "non-stigmatising" approach, which assumes that all authorities have, in part, excellent practice that can help others; and that all authorities have some improvement needs. We will share these contributions along with our data analysis and literature review with DCSs before the 13 July meeting.

If you have any questions please contact Anna Wright or Richard Tyndall (details below)


Data Benchmarking Group


The 2017-18 Q4 Social Care Benchmarking Report is now available in the 'Restricted Reports' section of this website. 

This report has a restricted publication because it contains unaudited and other data which are not appropriate for open publication.

Action Required

All members of the Data Benchmarking Group have access to the 'Restricted Reprts' section of the website. If you require additional access, please contact Alastair Lee (details below).

Reminders From Previous Weeks

Key dates

GDPR, SEGfL and Education


Heather Hadfield of SEGfL writes:

In order that we can support member schools through GDPR, SEGfL can now offer an outsourced DPO service for schools, if required. The service is being provided by Data Protection Education with support where necessary from relevant qualified colleagues from within our member local authorities (through traded services). 


For more information about this or any of the SEGfL services, please contact Heather Hadfield (details below)

Key dates

AD Education Network


The AD Education Network meets next on Friday 15 June (details from Alison Rendle below). Maria Dawes (Deputy Director, South East and South London) and Kate Dethridge (Deputy Director North West London & South Central) will be joining the meeting.


New arrangements for booking your place

In order to simplify administration processes, Alison has set up an Eventbrite page for these meetings. Please follow this link to book your place https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/seslip-ad-education-network-156-tickets-45888633137

Key dates

UASC Conference - Thursday 28 June - Maidstone


Kent Specialist Children’s Services Conference 2018 - "Our Journeys – Travelling Towards Success Together"

How your Local Authority can make a difference for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children & Young People.
Utilising Kent’s experience with Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Young People to focus our minds towards achieving excellent placement, educational and well-being outcomes and community integration.

Venue: Oakwood House, Oakwood Park, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 8AE

Date and Time: Thursday 28 June 2018, 9.15am - 4.00pm


Who should attend:

Local Authority Members Education Professionals, Social Work Practitioners, Virtual School Professionals, Fostering Practitioners, Accommodation and Health Professionals, Supporting Networks.
£75 for one delegate or £50 per delegate for 2 or more. Includes lunch.
Accommodation (limited) is available for the night before / night after the conference at the conference venue at a discounted rate. Contact Oakwood House Hotel (01622 620720) and quote ‘UASC Conference’.

Download the flyer here or the booking form here.

For more information please contact Rachel Calver at Kent Virtual School.

Tools & Templates

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:

Thursday 28 June 2018 UASC Conference Booking Form and Flyer

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

Education Network: Alison Rendle
07972 333229
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