Special Educational Needs and Disability Reforms – Delivery Support to Local Authorities

Special Educational Needs and Disability Reforms – Delivery Support to Local Authorities

The Department for Education is seeking to procure support services to local authorities to enable them to successfully implement the SEN and disability reforms.

Delivery support to local authorities for the implementation of the Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disability Reforms

Reference number:1219

Deadline date:05/12/2014

This deadline is for…10am 5th December 2014 for return of tenders

Contract value:£1,000,000 – £1,880,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out:England

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

Description of the contract

The Department for Education is seeking to procure support services to local authorities to enable them to successfully implement the SEN and disability reforms. Single organisations or consortia are invited to submit tenders to provide the following services: • coordinating regional local authority (LA) champions and providing support for their work providing peer support • providing a support and challenge function through the provision of an SEN and disability adviser service • providing specialist advice and support to LAs and their partners including: o cross-cutting support on all main aspects of the SEN and disability reforms, including the local offer, co-ordinated assessment and EHC plans, focusing on outcomes, personal budgets, joint commissioning, preparation for adulthood and participation of children, young people and parents o training on keyworking approaches o support to local information, advice and support services through training, regional networking and sharing good practice o support for the preparation for adulthood strand of the reforms to include brokering relationships with Further Education (FE) colleges, provision of resources on preparation for adulthood, and promotion of supported internships. • Delivering a pilot training and development programme aimed at senior SEN and disability managers in local authorities. The successful supplier will need a detailed understanding of the processes and systems affecting disabled children and young people, and those with SEN across education (both pre- and post-16), social care and health, in the context of local organisational change. We would expect the successful bidder to demonstrate how they would provide and work with the right blend of professional expertise and practical support. Estimated value: The proposed budget will be up to £1.88 million over the one year period. Length of contract: One year with the possibility of an extension for one year.

Classification of the contract

80000000Education and training services

85000000Health and social work services

Additional information

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:12 Months

Who to contact

Contact nameSENDcontracts2015-16@education.gsi.gov.uk

Organisation nameDepartment for Education

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How to apply

Download an invitation to tender letter from the ‘Supporting Documents’ section. Please note: Bidders may also wish to be aware of the Department for Education’s Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) National Grants Programme, which will provide funding of up to £25 million in 2015-16. A prospectus setting out details of the grants programme and how to apply is now available from the Contracts Finders website. The programme is open to voluntary and community sector organisations, social enterprises and others bidding on a not-for-profit basis. It covers seven policy priority areas: • early education and childcare. • special educational needs and disability • children’s mental health • safeguarding children • children in care • adoption • family advice and support Proposals for funded activity under the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) National Grants Programme should be submitted to the Department by noon on 21 November.