Alternative Education Dynamic Purchasing System – Derby

This notice advises that Round Twenty Nine is now open and closes 10.00am 30/11/2022 with applications assessed by 31/12/2022.

Dynamic Purchasing System for the provision of Alternative Education

Contract summary



    • Primary education services – 80100000
    • Secondary education services – 80200000
    • Higher education services – 80300000

Location of contract

East Midlands

Value of contract

£950,000 to £1,900,000

Procurement reference

TD1241 / B

Published date

20 December 2018

Closing date

30 November 2022

Closing time


Contract start date

1 December 2022

Contract end date

31 May 2023

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

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Kingsmead School in Derby has a statutory duty to make arrangements for the provision of suitable education otherwise than at school for children of compulsory school age who, by reason of exclusion from school or otherwise, will not receive a suitable education without these arrangements.

Derby City Council, on behalf of Kingsmead School, now wishes to invite applications for inclusion on a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for these services. By creating a DPS we will give Kingsmead School the flexibility of allowing new organisations to join at any time over the course of the DPS, subject to them meeting the initial suitability criteria which will be set out in the DPS.

All service requirements over the course of the DPS will then be tendered by way of mini-competition, allowing all organisations on the DPS at that time the opportunity to bid for the requirements at what would be a market appropriate rate at that time.

Other Free Schools, Academies and Independent Schools within the city of Derby may also access the DPS with the support of Kingsmead School.

The DPS will operate from 01/06/2018 and is currently expected to run to 31/05/2023.

This notice advises that Round Twenty Nine is now open and closes 10.00am 30/11/2022 with applications assessed by 31/12/2022.

Further rounds will operate on a similar two monthly basis.

There are options for annual extensions for a further 2 years beyond 31/05/2023.

An EU Light Touch procurement tender exercise which is compliant with the Public Contract Regulations 2015 will be undertaken to select providers for the DPS which will offer access to pre-approved DPS Providers who can be appointed using an efficient and streamlined procurement process; therefore ensuring the Council obtains value for money whilst enabling objectives to be achieved.

For clarity, this DPS is not a full DPS as defined under the Public Contract Regulations 2015, Regulation 34, but is a modified version. This is because Section 7 – Education and Training services (the Light Touch Regime as allowed under Regulations 74 to 77) are not subject to the full regulations of the procurement procedures set out in the Regulations.


More information


Additional text
Further documentation is available at:
•• If you haven’t already registered on the e-tendering system, you will need to do so (link under “Welcome”)
• Once registered, Click ‘view opportunities’ then ‘search latest opportunities’;
• Click on the contract title (DN328895 – TD1241 – Dynamic Purchasing System for the provision of Alternative Education
• Click ‘register interest’. You can then access the DPS documentation through clicking on “My Opportunities” then the relevant contract.

Expressions of interest and applications will only be accepted through the above tendering portal.


How to apply


Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.


About the buyer


Contact name

Paul Hallsworth


Corporation Street


01332 640768