Decision details

Early Years Special Education Needs (SEN) Centre procurement

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To seek Cabinet approval to increase the current level of funding from the Dedicated Schools Grant for the purpose of funding the commissioning of Early Years Special Education Needs (SEN) centres for a period of up to 5 years.

The Early Years SEN centres will deliver the provision of early education and assessment and intervention for children with SEN as set out in this report.

This provision supports our core approach to supporting children to benefit from the wider social benefits of schooling close to their home where this is appropriate and mitigating the rising costs in the High Needs Block by supporting more children and young people to access a mainstream education rather than a higher cost specialist education from the start of their education.

 

Decision:

Cllr Stephen Davies sought Cabinet approval to increase the current level of funding from the Dedicated Schools Grant for the purpose of funding the commissioning of Early Years Special Education Needs (SEN) centres for a period of up to 5 years.

The Early Years SEN centres will deliver the provision of early education and assessment and intervention for children with SEN as set out in this report.

 

Having considered all of the information, Cabinet noted the report and

 

 

RESOLVED to:

 

 

1. Approves the allocation of £440,000 per year high needs funding for the purpose of funding the commissioning of early years special educational needs centres as described in Recommendation 2.

2. Delegates authority to the Director of Education, in consultation with Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years, to:

a) Conduct a competitive procurement process in respect of a contract for the supply of early years special educational needs centres in Gloucester city and Cheltenham/Tewkesbury locality. The proposed contract shall continue for an initial period of 3 years and include an option to extend its term for a further period of not more than 2 years.

 

b) Award such contract to the preferred tenderer; and

c) Determine whether to exercise the option to extend the term of the said contract on its third anniversary.

Report author: Cabinet Member - Education, Skills and Bus Transport

Publication date: 12/06/2024

Date of decision: 12/06/2024

Decided at meeting: 12/06/2024 - Cabinet

Effective from: 20/06/2024

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