Decision details

Commissioning of Special Educational Need or Disability placements from Schools and Colleges in the Non Maintained Independent sector

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek Cabinet approval to join a regional Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) lead by West Sussex County Council (WSCC). Joining this DPS will enable Surrey County Council to commission Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) placements from Non Maintained Independent (NMI) Schools and Colleges from September 2019.





1.    That Surrey County Council join with West Sussex County Council to implement the Children’s Placements and Other Support Services Dynamic Purchasing System contract for the provision of the placement of day and residential learners in independent schools and colleges from July 2019 until 31st March 2026 was approved.


2.    That providers as listed in the Part 2 annex to the submitted report be awarded a place on the new Dynamic Purchasing System as they have passed the Invitation to Tender (ITT) evaluation process, whilst recognising that further organisations will be able to join throughout the duration of the Dynamic Purchasing System if they pass the ITT.


3.    That authority be delegated to the Director of Education, Lifelong Leaning & Culture to implement the Dynamic Purchasing System and award all contracts, where a mini-competition tender procedure has been followed under the new Dynamic Purchasing System.


Reason for Decision:


Working regionally with West Sussex County Council and using a Dynamic Purchasing System  will achieve the following benefits:


·         By increasing market share, it will enhance Surrey’s position to influence and negotiate; share information around specialist educational. placements; address gaps in support and improve value for money

·         Provide a framework where there is transparency around price and service offer which support value for money commissioning within Surrey’s new Gateway for Resources team. 

·         Support better quality of education and outcomes for children through collaborative contract management and monitoring.

·         Build up cost knowledge of the sector in a joined-up way with other local authorities so that Surrey achieves best value and is charged at a similar rate as neighbouring authorities.

·         Joint working with suppliers to ensure compliance with regulations and laws.

·         A better understanding of suppliers’ processes, which may foster collaboration and working together to reduce costs.

·         Standard templates for contracting thus reducing supplier time working out variances between forms and contracts when placing children.


[The decisions on this item can be called in by the Children, Families, Lifelong Learning & Culture Select Committee]


Report author: Marcus Robinson

Publication date: 17/07/2019

Date of decision: 16/07/2019

Decided at meeting: 16/07/2019 - Cabinet

Effective from: 25/07/2019

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