Published date: 17 January 2017

Last edited date: 17 January 2017

This notice was replaced on 28 April 2017

This notice does not contain the most up-to-date information about this procurement. The most recent notice is:

Awarded contract (published 11 January 2018, last edited 11 January 2018)

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Contract summary


  • Social work and related services - 85300000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference

CSEC (SEND) 17-18/06

Published date

17 January 2017

Closing date

30 January 2017

Contract start date

1 April 2017

Contract end date

31 March 2018

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure

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

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



On 1 September 2014, Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 took effect, offering simpler, improved and more consistent help for children and young people in England with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
The new system is:
• replacing statements of SEN and learning disability assessments with Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans - setting out in one place all the support families will receive;
• requiring councils to publish a 'local offer' showing the support available in the area to all children and young people who have disabilities or SEN;
• requiring better co-operation between councils and health services to make sure services for children and young people with SEN and disabilities are jointly planned and commissioned;
• giving parents and young people with EHC plans the offer of a personal budget;
• introducing mediation for disputes; and
• introducing a legal right for children and young people with an EHC plan to express a preference for state academies, free schools and further education colleges.

On 26 January 2016, the Children's Minister Edward Timpson, announced a package of additional support for implementation of the SEND reforms in England during 2016-17. This included:
o £35.8 million in implementation funding for local authorities in 2016 to 2017, recognising the additional duties placed on them as a result of the transition to EHC plans
o £27.3 million for the Family Fund Trust to support low income families with disabled children
o £15 million to fund the independent supporters programme, helping to support families and young people to navigate the system, and creating positive experiences for them
o £2.3 million for Parent Carer Forums, which bring parents together to provide invaluable support and advice for families.
To complement this programme of delivery support, the Government is now seeking applications for a new contract in 2017-18 to increase awareness and understanding of autism among education staff in early years settings, schools and colleges in order to improve inclusion, support children and young people with autism in transitions and to help them achieve better outcomes.
Some of the key requirements for the contract are provided at Annex A. Further information is contained within the Invitation to Tender documentation. To request a copy of the documentation, please e mail the contracts mailbox at:, quoting the contract title and reference number. In the subject line of your e mail, please include the words 'Request for ITT documentation'.

See 'Attachments' for a word version of the advert which includes links to other documents.

More information


Additional text

The maximum estimated value of this contract is up to £750,000 over the 12 month period, inclusive of VAT.

Deadline for receipt of tenders (time and date):

Three hard copies of all completed tenders must be received by Angela Overington no later than 10.00am on Monday 30 January 2017 at:

The Department for Education
0-25 SEND Unit
Level 1, Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3BT

An electronic PDF version must also be submitted no later than 10.00am on
Monday 30 January 2017 to the contracts mailbox at:

There may be an option to extend this contract for up to two additional years depending on the contractor's performance, the availability of funds and an ongoing need for the services provided.

About the buyer

Contact name

Angela Overington


Department for Education, 0-25 SEND Unit Level 1, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street