Issue details

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

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 enable Independent Alternative Provision (IAP) which is non-regulated and supports the educational requirements of individual children with SEND to be commissioned.


As part of the decision the Cabinet Member also delegated authority to the Director of Education and Skills to implement the P-DPS for the supply of IAP (decision ES16 (20/21) refers).


The procurement is being undertaken and, on conclusion, the Director of Education and Skills will be asked to award the contracts to providers that meet the criteria and standards required to join the P-DPS.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: For Determination

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