Published date: 20 January 2022

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 10 February 2022, 12pm

Contract summary


  • Financial and insurance services - 66000000

  • Government services - 75131000

  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

United Kingdom

Value of contract

£24,000 to £132,000

Procurement reference


Published date

20 January 2022

Closing date

10 February 2022

Closing time


Contract start date

25 March 2022

Contract end date

24 March 2025

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (below threshold)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

This procedure can be used for procurements below the relevant contract value threshold.

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Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



The Department wishes to appoint up to 15 external high-calibre finance professionals as SEND Financial Advisers (SFAs) to provide tailored advice and support to selected local authorities across England. Each adviser will be expected to deliver a minimum of 30 days of support per annum.

The primary role of the Adviser will be to provide dedicated support to individual local authorities with growing DSG deficits, working closely with SEND practice Advisers, such that the local authority is enabled to sustainably deliver the best possible outcomes for their children and young people with SEND. The Financial Adviser will work with identified local authorities to identify underlying drivers of high spend and poor outcomes, and develop, in partnership with Practice Advisers, reforms and change strategies that enable effective management of their high needs system.

Successful bidders will be offered an initial 12 month contract with the opportunity of up to a further 2 years in contract extensions.

The full tender documentation can be accessed on the Departments e-procurement portal, Jaggaer: (Ref: 6575)

Bidders must submit their Bids before 12 Noon on Monday 10th February 2022. All Bids must be submitted through the Jaggaer e-procurement portal.

More information

Additional text

The full tender documentation can be accessed on the Departments e-procurement portal, Jaggaer: (Ref: 6575)

About the buyer

Contact name

Tom Baker


Piccadilly Gate,Store Street