Strategic Reform Partner for the Special Educational Needs and Disability Reforms

Strategic Reform Partner for the Special Educational Needs and Disability Reforms

The successful supplier will need a detailed understanding of the SEN and disability sector.

Strategic Reform Partner for the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms

Reference number:1220

Deadline date:05/12/2014

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

Contract value:£200,000 – £350,000

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

On 1 September, the Children and Families Act 2014 became law, offering simpler, improved and more consistent help for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities. As well as extending provision from birth to 25 years of age, the new system will: • replace SEN statements and learning disability assessments with a new birth-to-25 education, health and care plan – setting out in one place all the support families will receive; • require better co-operation between councils and health services to make sure services for children and young people with SEN and disabilities are jointly planned and commissioned; • give parents and young people with education, health and care plans the offer of a personal budget – putting families firmly in charge; • require councils to publish a ‘local offer’ showing the support available in the area to all children and young people who have disabilities or SEN; • introduce mediation for disputes; and • introduce a new legal right for children and young people with an education, health and care plan to express a preference for state academies, free schools and further education (FE) colleges – currently limited to maintained mainstream and special schools. As the changes bed in during the course of the 2015-16 Financial Year, the Government expects that there will be an ongoing need for a Strategic Reform Partner to support culture change in Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations and provide expert advice and feedback to the Department for Education. The Department for Education is therefore seeking tenders from single organisations or consortia for the following activities: Expertise • Providing a channel between government and those involved in delivering the SEN and disability reforms, for provision of expert views and evidence on key elements of the SEN and disability reforms and related issues Quality assurance and cultural change • Working with the Department on measures of ‘what good looks like’ – including the development of quality assurance tools and resources • Collecting and promoting resources and case studies for a range of audiences Communications • Supporting the SEN and disabled children and young people’s sector to develop new and sustainable approaches to adapt to the reforms • Operation and maintenance of a central website for communications about the reforms Feedback from the sector • Collecting and channelling feedback from parent carers, children and young people and the Voluntary and Community Sector about how the reforms are being delivered, including any quality issues Engagement of young people • Further development of a young people’s advisory group, to inform Ministers and the SEN and disability sector, including: o quarterly meetings; o maintenance of a website, Facebook page and Twitter feed o media work, e.g. production of case studies and interviews; o attending events and meetings to raise awareness of the group’s work o providing examples of what good participation looks like. European Agency work • Regular attendance at international SEN and disability events: presentation of the English perspective and collection and dissemination of emerging practice in support of children and young people with SEN and disability elsewhere in Europe Working collaboratively • Collaborative working with other contract and grant holders funded to support implementation of the SEN and disability reforms – particularly those providing delivery support to local authorities, educational institutions and those working with young offenders with SEN and disabilities. The successful supplier will need a detailed understanding of the SEN and disability sector; the reforms to SEN and disability services and support that are outlined in the Children and Families Act 2014, and the revised SEN Code of Practice. Estimated value: The proposed budget will be up to £350,000 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


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, including 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.