Published date: 18 February 2016

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: 21 March 2016

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract

£250,000 to £500,000

Procurement reference

CSEC (SEND) 16-17/06

Published date

18 February 2016

Closing date

21 March 2016

Contract start date

25 April 2016

Contract end date

31 March 2017

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure

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

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See 'Attachments' for a word version of this description.

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 to enable effective participation of young people in special educational needs and disability decision-making in 2016-17.

Some of the key requirements for the contract are provided at Annex A in the word version of the advert (see 'Attachments'). 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'.

More information


Additional text

Three hard copies of all completed tenders must be received by Angela Overington no later than 10.00am on 21 March 2016 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
21 March 2016 to the contracts mailbox at:

About the buyer

Contact name

Angela Overington


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