Issue details

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

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.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 28/05/2021

Decision due: August 2021 by Director of Education and Skills

Lead member: Paul Wagstaff, Director of Education and Skills

Lead director: Paul Wagstaff

Contact: Linda Jones, Procurement Manager Email: Tel: 033 022 28559.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Director of Education and Skills via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553


Background papers