Kent County Council (KCC) has a statutory responsibility to provide appropriate and full time education for pupils of school age. The Education, Learning and Skills directorate has a responsibility to monitor the attendance and progress of pupils not in mainstream school settings. It provides and commissions a range of alternative educational services, for those pupils who are out of mainstream education. The Council is committed to ensuring these vulnerable pupils receive a high quality, engaging and purposeful education, and, that every young person is able to reach their full potential personally, socially, academically and emotionally, in a safe, secure and inspiring environment.
The council believes that education, skills and learning is the key to success to living a prosperous, fulfilled life. All contracted providers are required to deliver education of the highest quality for all of these pupils and to actively work with other agencies and partners to ensure best outcomes for all pupils.
Effective multi agency liaison and collaborative working with the PRU is therefore essential.
Alternative Provision offers young people a different approach to learning in Key Stage 4 (KS4), which may include work experience and employability skills, a vocational programme or tailored programme in order to prepare them for work or further and ultimately higher education. The pupils, on whose behalf we commission and provide these services, may be some or all of the following: disaffected, disengaged, display challenging behaviour, face a variety of barriers to learning and at serious risk of underachievement.
These pupils may have been permanently excluded; have Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties; be on the Autistic Spectrum; be unplaced; have long-term medical needs preventing school attendance; be ‘Self Excluding’ or ‘School Phobic’, and/or exhibit challenging behaviours and attitudes.
Conventional mainstream education has failed to engage them. Alternative Provision therefore needs to be educationally and socially inclusive. It needs to re-engage young people within the world of education, training and work without replicating conventional school curricula and methods.
Innovative and creative approaches to teaching and learning are therefore essential.
Kent County Council is seeking expressions of interest for a number of contracts across the county of different size and value. Almost all of these contracts require providers to deliver full time educational provision to pupils predominantly at KS4 (although flexibility of pupil seats would mean that some crossover of Key stages at both KS3 and KS5 may occur) that is appropriate to each pupils individual need. One of these contracts will be for remote educational services for GCSE and vocational options in a flexible seat format and by course/programme cost. This will need to be delivered remotely, supported by ‘live’ remote taught sessions utilising an online platform.
With the exception of the remote educational services contract, providers will be expected to provide premises, staffing and all resources and associated costs such as exam entry, for effective delivery of these services and to fulfil the terms of the contract in full to allow pupils to progress, achieve and attain formal and informal outcomes. Per capita costs per full time (25 hours directed, face-to-face teaching) pupil placement for educational provision are expected be in the region of £7,000 – £8,000 (maximum), contract(s) requiring specialist provision may be higher. Providers of remote educational services will be expected to provide 15 hours per week (10 hours live) at an estimated cost of £6,000 to £7,500 or part thereof on a pro rata basis. This will need to include the ability to provide bespoke programmes where required and all associated hardware, software and licenses to fulfil the terms of the contract in full and allow pupils to progress, achieve and attain formal and informal outcomes.
Please do not feel deterred from expressing an interest if you are unable to deliver the full range of indicative specifications as the Council is happy to consider collaborative bids, providing there is clear explanation of the accountability and delivery of all aspects of the contractual requirements
Providers will be part of the PRU and will be required to work with the PRU managers to support and enhance every aspect of pupils learning, attainment and attendance. This will require adherence to PRU Policies and collaborative working to enhance quality of provision and improve outcomes for pupils on the roll of the PRU.
Providers will be expected to deliver the core PRU entitlement, enrichment activities, employability skills and all pastoral support to secure good or better progress and attainment for these pupils on the roll of the PRU.
Effective liaison with a range of stakeholders and multi agency working is required, as is the robust recording, monitoring, tracking and reporting of pupil data and information including destinations and other information as required to support a range of reporting and monitoring requirements, such as those required by KCC officers or OfSTED.
By expressing an interest, you will be sent the information for every contract opportunity. You are not bound to apply for all or any of these. Where multiple submissions are submitted please clearly articulate any economies of scale where appropriate.
The Final closing date for expressions of interest will be Noon 19th March 2012
All contracted providers are required to deliver effective and purposeful education, tailored to the individual requirements of each pupil, taking into account his or her different needs and in consultation with PRU manager, parents/carers/guardians.
The successful provider must provide a highly engaging, challenging and inspiring educational service to meet the needs of each and every pupil. Teaching staff must be skilled in all aspects of planning for learning, and delivering high quality teaching sessions where learning is clearly observable and evidenced, for groups and individuals with diverse interests, ability and needs.
It is the responsibility, and a core obligation of the contracted provider to ensure every pupil progresses in accordance to national expectations and indicators in each of the following areas:
Contracted providers will be required to demonstrate and evidence the achievement of all pupils in their care, in accordance to OfSTED inspection requirements. This includes
- the achievement of pupils
- the quality of teaching
- the quality of leadership and management
- the behaviour and safety of pupils
- the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
- the extent to which the education meets the needs of the range of pupils, in particular the needs of disabled pupils and pupils who have special educational needs.
All contracted providers will be inspected by OfSTED
as part of the PRU.
Points of note
- The council reserves the right to withdraw from this process at any point and without any liability whatsoever.
- The council is happy to consider collaborative bids, providing there is clear explanation of the accountability and delivery of all aspects of the contractual requirements
- This advert provides indicative specification content in order to support the information and decision making processes for potential suppliers. It is not in any way binding and the decision to express interest, or otherwise is the sole responsibility of the potential tenderer.