Published date: 15 March 2024

Awarded contract - This means that the contract has been awarded to a supplier.

Closing: 23 October 2023, 12pm

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

  • Health and social work services - 85000000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract

£2,147,967 to £4,182,568

Procurement reference


Published date

15 March 2024

Closing date

23 October 2023

Closing time


Contract start date

1 April 2024

Contract end date

29 December 2028

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

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

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

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Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



The DCS/Aspirant Leadership Programme will provide a support and training package to newly appointed DCSs and those aspiring to become one. The programme will comprise of two strands:

- to provide leadership development training and support to DCSs in their first year within the role
- to provide training for aspirant DCSs, to equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed for the challenging DCS role, creating a pipeline of skilled, confident, and capable strategic leaders.

The programme will aim to equip DCSs in their first year in the role with the necessary skills and support needed to be exemplary leaders, whilst simultaneously creating a pipeline of effective future DCSs via the Aspirant strand. The programme will also seek to improve diversity amongst DCSs by recruiting Aspirants from a range of protected characteristics and socio-economic backgrounds, leading to greater DCS diversity as they progress through their careers.

Both programme strands will embed child and family centred thinking to help support the delivery of children's services within LAs, aligning with central government policy, including the recommendations from Stable Homes, Built on Love report.

The Initial Contract Period will run until 31 December 2026 (a total of 33 months), for which the value is £2,147,967.

Programme Delivery Periods (in which the programme content is delivered for either strand) will conclude by 31 March 2026 and the remainder of the Initial Contract Period will cover the Aspirant Coaching Period only.

The Buyer may extend the Contract to accommodate up to two further Programme Delivery Periods of the DCS and Aspirant Strand, in which case the contract end date will be December 2028, and the total contract value for the full contract term will not exceed £4,182,568.

Any extension will be subject to the satisfactory performance of the Supplier's obligations under the Contract during the Initial Contract Period, and the Supplier demonstrating to the satisfaction of the Buyer the economic benefit of the requirement to extend the contract.

Award information

Awarded date

15 March 2024

Contract start date

1 April 2024

Contract end date

29 December 2028

Total value of contract


This contract was awarded to 1 supplier.

VSC Plus limited (The Staff College)


The Staff College, Dalton Place, 29 John Dalton Street, Manchester, M2 6FW


Companies House number: 05059011

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About the buyer


Sanctuary Buildings Great Smith Street, London