Report of the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People is attached.
Councillor Lucy Smith, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, presented the report which sought approval to tender for the re-design of the Alternative Provision Offer for children and young people in Bury. The new supplier framework and directory of provision was required for September 2023 so that the Council and schools can refer to high quality provision with choice; this required the tender to go live and be evaluated over the summer 23.
1. Approved the proposed route to tender for the re-design of the Alternative Provision Offer for children and young people in Bury to be in place for September 2023; and
2. Delegated authority to the Executive Director of Children and Young People and the Executive Director for Finance in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People to award the contract once procured.
Reasons for the decision:
This will give an opportunity to tighten up the existing specification, deliver better outcomes, refresh the provider base, offer more choice and provide better value for money.
Other options considered and rejected:
Other models in neighbouring authorities and GM have been explored and this learning and input has influenced the development of the proposed model as appropriate.