Published date: 30 November 2023

Last edited date: 2 January 2024

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: 8 January 2024, 12pm

Contract summary


  • Training services - 80500000

Location of contract


Value of contract

£50,000 to £90,000

Procurement reference


Published date

30 November 2023

Closing date

8 January 2024

Closing time


Contract start date

12 February 2024

Contract end date

31 July 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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LIIA is the delivery arm for the Association of London Directors of Children's Services (ALDCS) and a part of London Councils. The LIIA programme is supported by London's 33 local authorities and the Department for Education as a key vehicle for improving outcomes for children. LIIA works closely with London Councils as the infrastructure body which supports collaboration between authorities in the capital. London Councils is commissioning this work on behalf of ALDCS.

LIIA is entering its fifth year of operation and is seeking to embed an infrastructure for supporting children's services to innovate and improve through a range of sector-led improvement activity. LIIA specifically promotes activities to address the ALDCS priorities which are: adolescent safeguarding, workforce, SEND, care leavers and finance/resources. Details of the LIIA programme of activities can be found on the LIIA website at

Leadership poses a significant challenge for the SEND workforce. Whilst London is identified as the top-performing region in OfSTED's Annual Report, with 67% of areas not requiring a written statement of action, leadership has been identified as an area where we want to develop greater capacity for the future. Local Authority Directors of Children's Services and Health partners have highlighted the need to build more capacity and capability across and SEND Leaders and to equip aspiring leaders.

Recognising these challenges, LIIA has pinpointed the need for a system-wide leadership development initiative. Such a programme would offer substantial support to current change leaders and simultaneously foster future capacity, whilst mitigating identified risks. The leadership landscape is becoming increasingly complex, requiring leaders who can lead significant change strategically and across multi-agency settings.

LIIA requires a consultancy, training provider or consortium to develop and deliver The SEND Leadership programme alongside Local Authority and Health colleagues.

The proposed programme is jointly funded by local authorities, NHSE and the Department for Education. Places will be offered to current and aspiring leaders in local authorities, NHSE, Integrated Care Systems, Health Provider Collaboratives and the London branch of the National Network of Parent/Carer Forums (NNPCF).

The overarching goal is to implement a fully funded programme that upskills and enhances SEND leadership within London for the future.

To apply for this opportunity please send Tender submissions to

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About the buyer

Contact name

Richard Merrington


59 1/2 Southwark Street


020 7934 9722