Invitation to Tender
Statement of Requirement
This document can also be downloaded as a PDF here: AET Governance Review – Invitation to Tender
Purpose of the Document
The Autism Education Trust (AET) is looking to work with a consultant to review its governance to identify areas of improvement to support the AET’s development and growth. The purpose of this document is to invite proposals to review the composition and performance of the Programme Board, taking into account the future development and growth plans for the AET.
This document contains the following sections:
- Introduction to the Autism Education Trust
- Statement of Requirement
- Tender Proposal & Evaluation Criteria
- Procurement Procedures
The Autism Education Trust (AET)
The Autism Education Trust was formed as a partnership in 2008 to help improve the quality of education for children and young people with autism across England.
Vision: The AET’s vision is that all children and young people with autism receive an education that enables them to fulfil their aspirations and engage in society as active citizens.
Mission: Our mission is to provide professional development resources and opportunities that support education services and staff in securing positive experiences and outcomes for children and young people with autism.
Our core values are: person-centred, outcomes and process focussed, inclusive and accessible, evidence-based, high quality and working in partnership.
Programme: The AET is a not for profit programme led by two national autism charities – the National Autistic Society and Ambitious about Autism. Supported by the Department for Education, the AET promotes and supports partnerships throughout the education system to improve educational access, experience and outcomes for children and young people with autism.
Our work centres on the promotion of good practice standards for education settings; competency frameworks for practitioners and the provision of a range of professional development training programmes for early years, schools and post 16 settings delivered by local licensed training hubs and supported by our regional strategic partners.
Governance: The AET is governed by its Programme Board which determines its strategy, protects its values and supports and ensures the core team deliver the agreed objectives. Programme Board membership reflects a broad and rounded perspective from across the autism and education communities to include autistic people and parents. The AET is not a legal entity and is hosted on behalf of the partnership by the National Autistic Society (NAS).
Current members are:
- Jolanta Lasota – Chair. Chief Executive, Ambitious about Autism.
- Ryan Bradley – manager for the Communication and Interaction Service in Oxfordshire.
- Phil Christie – a consultant child psychologist, and former director of an autism specific school, working as part of autism associates.
- Dr Glenys Jones – Chartered Psychologist and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Birmingham
- Wendy Peel – Specialist Teacher, Communication and Autism Team, Birmingham City Council & Parent.
- Carol Povey – Director of the Centre for Autism, National Autistic Society.
- Alex Rowley – Representing the autism community.
- Iain Sim – Principal, West Kirby Residential School.
- Pam Simpson – Assistant Manager, Communication and Autism Team, Birmingham City Council.
- Claire Thomson – Head of Specialist Education Services and Safeguarding at Babcock Education.
The Programme Board is supported by the Youth Panel, which consists of autistic young people aged 16-25 years.
Statement of Requirement
Project Scope and Objectives
- To review the composition and performance of the Programme Board, taking into account the future development and growth plans for the AET.
- To develop a governance improvement plan.
Timescales and Milestones
|Appointment of provider||20/02/20||AET|
|Project initiation meeting||w/c 24/02/20||AET/Provider|
|Review of Programme Board||March 20||Provider|
|Presentation of draft feedback/proposals to AET Governance working group||w/c 06/04/20||Provider/AET|
|Presentation of draft feedback/proposals to PB Strategy Day||April||Provider/AET|
|AET||Jolanta Lasota and Sarah Broadhurst|
|Stakeholders||AET Programme Board, Director, Strategic Partners and Youth Panel|
|Background information on AET||Website www.autismeductaiontrust.org.uk|
The maximum allowable budget for this project is £15,000 (plus reasonable travel and subsistence expenses and VAT). Your proposal should include costs and expenses.
|The Project is to be delivered in accordance with the following quality expectations/standards/policy/laws:|
Tender Response and Evaluation Criteria
|Questions/areas to be addressed||Please comment on:
|Main assessment areas for written proposal||
|To submit:||Supply a project proposal to Jolanta Lasota at: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Date due||By 4:00pm on the 10th February 2020.|
|Format of the proposal||One electronic submission.|
|Limits to the tender (e.g. word or page length)||Maximum 8 pages not including attachments.
Attachments to be limited to 2 pages.
|Presentation/Interview:||Interviews will take place on 18th February 2020.|
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