A very positive sounding inclusion service for Kent

One of my roles is to look out for work opportunities for our business and occasionally something emerges that looks very interesting, even though it is not in any way connected to what we do or what we can do. However on some occasions these need to be well promoted. This morning the business portal system released this one which sounds very positive. Clearly there may well be elements that I am unaware of that are challenging or need to be included. However it would be fantastic for the charities or social enterprises in Kent or Sussex to be made aware of this along with the people who carry out this sort of work in a commercial setting. The following information is included in the document that I have been sent.

Opportunity Id – DN535053; Title – Inclusion Leadership Service; Categories – 170000 – Education


Kent County Council is looking for an organisation or consortium of organisations to deliver a programme of Inclusion Leadership training and support for school leaders of mainstream primary and secondary schools in Kent. The aim will be to facilitate opportunities for collaborative working between schools in order to review and strengthen their approaches to the inclusion of pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND).

The long-term aims of the service will be to improve a range of outcomes for children and young people with SEND in participating mainstream schools, through providing targeted development opportunities for school leaders that will in turn influence the culture and practices of schools.

The service model will bring together three interconnected strands of activity which will together enable a school-to-school support network, focussed on inclusion:

  • A model for Inclusion Peer Review Clusters
  • Design and delivery of Inclusion Leadership Development Programmes for school leaders.
  • Training and deployment of 10 x local Inclusion Leaders of Education (ILEs) to facilitate the Clusters and support peer review activity.

It is KCC’s intention to award the contract for up to 3 years, to begin in September 2021. The maximum contract value over the contract lifetime will be £800,000. 

The procurement process is being conducted in accordance with the Light Touch Regime as it involves the purchase of educational and training services which are included in Schedule 3 of The Public Contracts Regulations 2015. This is therefore a bespoke procurement process, that has been tailored to meet the specific requirements of the Inclusion Leadership Service, and full details are set out in the Invitation to Tender document. Tenderers are asked to return their initial tenders as detailed in the Invitation to Tender by 12.00 (midday) on the 29th April 2021.

Buyer – Kent County Council

Contact – Amy Merritt

Email amy.merritt@kent.gov.uk

Telephone 03000 414141

Address – Sessions House Maidstone Kent ME14 1XQ

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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