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 325 26th October 2018


2018-19 DCS Peer Challenge Arrangements


A full house! We now have a complete set of challenge days booked:

Triad 1 - East Sussex, Surrey and Wokingham on Thursday 28 February 2019

Triad 2 - Kent, Reading and Portsmouth on Monday 4 February 2019

Triad 3 - Hampshire and IoW, Milton Keynes and Slough on Friday 15 February 2019

Traid 4 - Medway, Oxfordshire and Windsor and Maidenhead also on Friday 15 February 2019

Triad 5 - Brighton and Hove, Buckinghamshire and West Berkshire on Tuesday 26 February 2019

Traid 6 - Bracknell Forest, Southampton and West Sussex on Wednesday 13 February 2019

The data packs for each authority which will inform the peer challenge are now available from the restricted DCS-only section of the website, (filter for "2018", "Peer Challenge Data Packs" and choose an authority) as is the latest list of improvement asks and offers from each authority (filter for "2018" and "other"). I am still awaiting publishing consent from some colleagues, and extra asks and offers will be added in due course.

Thanks to the 14 colleagues who have signed and returned their MoUs.

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. The session will be a half-day in the morning. Please contact Anna Wright for more details, and Isabelle Gregory to book your places. Thanks to the 28 delegates from 15 authorities who have already booked places.

Thanks to 17/19  for sharing Annual Conversation letters (still missing Medway and Reading), 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 (filter for "2018", "Annual Conversation" or "Self Assessments" and choose an authority)

For access to the restricted area, and to supply further reports, please contact Isabelle Gregory (details below).


Expression of Interest in LGA Pilot Diagnostic


The Local Government Association (LGA) has been commissioned by the Department for Education to develop a series of offers that will build on existing sector led improvement activity that is taking place at a local, regional or national level. Central to this work is the delivery of two new peer review tools:

  • A Children’s Financial Diagnostic
  • A Children’s Leadership Capacity Diagnostic

The LGA has a track-record of providing successful sector led improvement support for councils around financial services, corporate leadership and children’s services. This experience and expertise will be built upon to develop two diagnostics that will support Councils to drive sustained improvement in their children’s services.

The LGA is also recruiting volunteer peer reviewers as part of this call.


Action Required

If you are interested in your local authority piloting ether a Children’s Financial Diagnostic or a Children’s Leadership Capacity Diagnostic, or if there are colleagues within your organisation who are interested in being trained as a peer reviewer, please contact richard.cooke@local.gov.uk or beth.speak@local.gov.uk.


For more details please download the flyer here.

Reminders From Previous Weeks

Key dates

What Works Centre: Change Programme. Closes 31 October


Apply to become Change Programme partners with the What Works Centre

The What Works Centre invitation says:

We're seeking local authorities and children’s services trusts to partner with us and help test two initial project proposals in our Change Programme.
The new Change Programme is about moving services closer to children and families, and funding is available for partner local authorities and children’s services trusts to work with us to test two initial projects.

One project will explore social workers being based in schools, and the other will devolve budgets to social workers to directly support families.

This focus on supporting children and families in a different and more direct way emerged from a comprehensive process of engaging with the social care sector and reviewing existing evidence.

We are looking for local authorities or children’s services trusts - either bidding on their own or in collaboration with third sector organisations – that are interested in working with us on this exciting Change Programme.


We are looking for local authorities or children’s services trusts - either bidding on their own or in collaboration with third sector organisations – that are interested in working with us on this exciting Change Programme. The application process for local authorities or children's services trusts is now open and we’d like as many as possible to apply:

If you’re interested in responding to the call, you can find more information here: Change Programme pack: information for applicants

To apply please complete the Application Form: Change Programme Partners and email to wwccsc@nesta.org.uk by midday 31st October 2018.

If you have questions please read here: FAQs : Change Programme Projects

For futher information please email wwc-cascade@cardiff.ac.uk and we can arrange for a member of the team to contact you.

We are also hosting a webinar for potential applicants on Monday 15 October and you can register for the webinar here.

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

Rebecca Eligon
07944 996219
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