Leadership Development Training Department for Education

Grant for the Leadership development and delivery for Directors of Children’s Services

DFE is offering a grant for the leadership development and delivery for Directors of Children’s Services.


Reference number: 1012

Deadline date: 19/12/2011

This deadline is for… 12 noon on 19th December 2011 for return of expressions of interest

Contract value: £0 – £0

Location where the contract is to be carried out: Sheffield

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? Yes

Name of the buying organisation: Department for Education


DFE is offering a grant for the leadership development and delivery for Directors of Children’s Services. The quality of leadership is critical both to the quality of delivery of children’s services and to the capacity for improvement. Strong Directors of Children’s Services (DCSs) and other senior leaders close to stepping up to the role make an enormous contribution to improvement not only in their own local authority (LA) but also by supporting and challenging their peers – as well as providing leadership in the sector more widely. With DfE funding, a leadership development programme for Directors of Children’s Services (DCSs) was launched in November 2009 by the National College for School Leadership, with an initial intake of 26 DCSs. The leadership programme is designed to equip DCSs with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective leadership in an increasingly complex and challenging environment. Over 100 DCSs have now been through the programme. A separate development programme for ‘aspirant DCS’ – senior leaders considered to be within 18 months of being ready to apply for a DCS post – has been running and has engaged around 80 other leaders. The range of provision developed by the National College and still available to senior leaders also includes a regional succession planning initiative and a mentoring service for newly-appointed DCSs. Much of the delivery is sub-contracted. In November 2011, the provision was moved from the National College for School Leadership and the Department awarded a direct grant to the Virtual Staff College Plus Limited to continue developing and managing the provision until March 2012. Expressions of interest are now invited for a grant to develop and manage the provision from April 2012. The leadership provision has a number of important features: • the DCS programme is individually tailored to each participant’s experience, knowledge and level of need; • the DCS programme has been co-constructed by participants; • participants report that one of the main benefits of being on the programme has been the opportunity to work alongside other DCSs and share experiences and problems; and • the provision needs to be responsive to the changing role of the DCS post and the Department’s policy priorities. The grant would allow the successful bidder to continue to develop and manage the delivery of high quality DCS leadership provision, comprising: the DCS leadership programme, the aspirant DCS leadership programme, mentoring for newly-appointed DCSs, and a succession planning initiative. The successful bidder would take over contracts which the current delivery organisation currently holds with its sub-contractors. It will be important for the successful bidder to be able to work effectively with strategic partners across children’s services, including the Children’s Improvement Board, which will advise the Department on the future development needs of senior children’s services leaders and managers. We expect the sector to take greater responsibility for funding the development of DCSs over the period of the spending review settlement, to the point where it becomes self-financing from April 2015. The amount of grant available to the successful bidder is subject to review and will be no more than: £4.76m in 2012-13 £2.6m in 2013-14 £0.86m in 2014-15


Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 36 Months


Contact name Chris Hay

Address 2 St Paul’s Place, 125 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 2FJ

Telephone 0114 274 2486

Extension number:


Email chris.hay@education.gsi.gov.uk


Download the grant application form from this notice and return your expression of interest by 12 noon on Monday 19th December 2011. Completed templates should be e mailed to Chris Hay at chris.hay@education.gsi.gov.uk