Decision details

Award of a Pseudo-Dynamic Purchasing System for Independent Alternative Provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) - OKD16 (21/22)

Decision Maker: Director of Education and Skills

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Independent Alternative Provision (IAP) ensures the provision of a suitable education for all learners who, because of exclusion, illness or other reasons, would not otherwise be able to attend school.


In March 2021 the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills approved the commencement of a procurement process for a new Pseudo Dynamic Purchasing System (P-DPS) to facilitate the purchasing of IAP to support the educational requirements of individual children (decision ES16 (20/21) refers).  A competitive procurement exercise has been undertaken and the County Council is now in a position to award places on to the P-DPS to the successful providers.


(1)The Director of Education and Skills has approved the appointment to the Pseudo Dynamic Purchasing System (P-DPS) for Independent Alternative Provision the providers listed in paragraph 2.1 of the report, that have met the criteria and standards required, for an initial period of 2 years and 6 months starting on 1st of September 2021. There is an option to extend the P-DPS by up to 2 years should the delivery and performance of the P-DPS be satisfactory. 



To Note: In October 2021 an error was noted in the initial contract period detailed in the decision report. The decision details and decision report have been rectified to state the correct initial period of 2 years and 6 months rather than the 2 years and 9 months originally indicated.

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Publication date: 25/08/2021

Date of decision: 25/08/2021

Effective from: 07/09/2021