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East Midlands Regional Update - November 2017

Sector-Led Improvement Pilot

The region remains strongly committed to the further development of its approach to sector-led improvement. The region’s DCSs are keen to use the momentum provided by the DfE’s support for pilot activity, although anxious to strike a balance that retains leadership of the scheme within the sector.

In the past few weeks all nine LAs have completed a new self-evaluation template that has been developed to blend key performance information, signatures of risk/success and something of the Ofsted ILACS approach. The completed evaluations have been reviewed by improvement/performance colleagues and a mapping exercise of the issues, priorities, requests for help and offers of support has commenced. The region’s DCS group has now committed to strengthen these evaluations further through a new approach by holding challenge conversations between LA senior teams, working in triads. These will take place in December and January.

Peer Challenge

The region continues to provide challenge and support through its commitment to joint reviews. One LA has recently received a DCS-led review of their IRO and CP Conference arrangements. The reviewing team was made up of DCSs from three other LAs.

The region’s thematic SEND peer challenge scheme continues. Recent discussions have been held with colleagues from the West Midlands, Eastern region and NHS Central England about potential future collaboration across the wider geographical area. Training for a pool of potential reviewers is being provided in Birmingham in December.

Update on Previous Report

Work continues to develop and implement:

  • Qualified Social Work MoU
  • A regional framework for SEND CiC and SEND education placements
  • RAA in sub-regional areas.


SSIF bids continue to strengthen the partnership approach to strategic planning for school improvement around the region and a higher number of applications was submitted in the recent round.

The desire in the region to interrogate pupil-level education data more flexibly remains strong, both to identify targeted needs within cross-border school clusters, and to enable deeper analysis of the characteristics of under-achieving groups. A data-development seminar is being held with Nexus in late November to explore the scope and scale of un-met data needs and look at developing solutions where possible.

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