Participation and Family Support – SEND

Participation and Family Support – SEND

The department plans to run a pre-market engagement event to help shape the provision requirements. In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak information on how this event will run will be provided at a later date.

United Kingdom-London: Civic betterment and community facility support services

2020/S 139-343619

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Department for Education
Postal address: Sanctuary Buildings, 20 Great Smith Street
Town: London
Postal code: SW1P 3BT
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Adam Green
I.2)Information about joint procurement


Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Participation and Family Support

II.1.2)Main CPV code

98133100 Civic betterment and community facility support services

II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

— Communication of national policy messages and provision of advice to government based on wide knowledge and understanding of SEND stakeholders, including parents and their views, including facilitating policy input from young people with SEND,

— Provision of a national helpline to provide advice to families of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and sharing of materials from that helpline to local advice services,

— Training, development and support to local authority SEND Information, Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS),

— Payment of funding and grant monitoring for parent carer forums in 152 local authority areas,

— Development support to local parent carer forums, particularly to ensure co-production at a local level, grow their reach and increase membership from under-represented groups e.g. BAME, low income families,

— Development support and training to local authorities to help grow children and young people’s participation at a local level.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

72253000 Helpdesk and support services
75112000 Administrative services for business operations
75200000 Provision of services to the community
79512000 Call centre
85322000 Community action programme
98000000 Other community, social and personal services

II.2.3)Place of performance


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The potential competition is expected to commence in October 2020 for the provision which is due to run for up to three years from April 2021.

The department plans to run a pre-market engagement event to help shape the provision requirements. In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak information on how this event will run will be provided at a later date.

We wish to test market views on areas such as:

— do you believe you have the capacity to successfully manage this potential opportunity?

— do you have any other provision/contracts/grants with any other government department?

— what are their thoughts on potentially submitting upcoming tender responses, being awarded and managing future SEND provisions within DfE?

— do you feel there are any issues or challenges with expressing an interest in any upcoming opportunities?

— how would you see your business model working with the proposed tendering opportunity? Also, what do you believe are the main cost pressures if this provision/opportunity was managed?

— do you feel the estimated costings given are sufficient/too low/too high to manage the potential provision accordingly?

— do you believe a combined contract of this scale is workable, or would competition increase if it were broken down into smaller constituent parts?

— with the DfE and all government departments driving for continual efficiencies, forward looking challenges/risks and delivering savings, do you feel these requirements are achievable?

— would you expect to submit a tender as a single supplier, consortium, framework, lots, managed service or any other appropriate vehicle?

II.2.14)Additional information

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:


Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: