North West Region Update - September 2017

Sector - Led Improvement Offer in the NW

The comprehensive programme of sector led support in the region has now been compiled into a SLI offer for 2017/18.

Strengthening the SLI Offer in the NW

Following the review of SLI provision undertaken by Ben Bryant from the ISOS Partnership the programme has been strengthened in a number of ways. View Action Plan

The key actions include:


The North West School Improvement Partnership infrastructure with its sub-regional groups provided a strong basis for the development of Round 1 SSIF bids. Recent announcements have proven this to be a successful model and augur well for future rounds.

Regional Audit – Children Placed on Care Orders with Parents

Work to develop the Children’s Social Care SLI programme through a model that mirrors the Putting Children First pillars, has been identified as a major area of concern in the NW. It links in part to judicial decision making in some parts of the region. Senior judges, the regional IRO forum and CAFCASS are also engaged with and support the work, which has successfully engaged all 23 councils. The findings will also form part of the regional ‘Getting to Good’ event in December which will be run jointly with Ofsted. The audit work has commenced and a final report will be completed in time for this work by the end of November.

Exclusions Survey

Following increasing concerns nationally about exclusions, the NWADCS school improvement sub-group agreed in June to undertake a quick survey of the issues in the North West. All 23 LAs completed the survey. Details of the key headlines from the survey are available.

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