Issue details

Contract Extension for the Provision of Adult Community Education

West Sussex County Council currently provides adult community education for the residents of West Sussex through a subcontracting model, predominantly delivered by Aspire Sussex Ltd (Aspire). Provision is entirely externally funded via the Department for Education through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and where appropriate, fees paid by the learners. The County Council is accountable to the ESFA for the use of the funding and to Ofsted for the quality and effectiveness of provision.


Aspire were awarded a contract on an initial three-year term, commencing 1 August 2017, with the option for up to a four-year extension.


In April 2020, a two-year contract extension was approved which runs until August 2022 (decision OKD01(20/21) refers); the contract value is approximately £2.74m per year. The intention is to extend the contract for the final two years; taking up this extension will allow the County Council to explore future delivery models.


The Director of Education and Skills will be asked to approve the extension of the contract with Aspire for the final two years, to 31 August 2024, with a break clause in for August 2023.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: For Determination

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 23/06/2021

Decision due: January 2022 by Director of Education and Skills

Lead member: Paul Wagstaff, Director of Education and Skills

Lead director: Paul Wagstaff

Contact: Andrew Bishop, Adult Education Business Manager Email: Tel: 033 022 25399.

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