DfE Registered Alternative Education Provision Flexible Purchasing System (FPS)

Ref DN555486
Expression of Interest closing date 18/03/2022

The aim of the project is to create a Flexible Purchasing System (FPS) and identify Providers who can deliver excellent alternative provision for the education of pupils at key stage 3, 4 and 5 by offering a flexible response to those not placed in a mainstream or special school.

Registered schools within the Liverpool City Region may apply at any time, the Applications they submit will only be assessed and added to the FPS at 3 periods during each academic year.


The objectives of provision are:

  • To provide pupils with a rigorous and high-quality alternative to a mainstream curriculum
  • To offer children and young people who have not previously succeeded in the mainstream system a creative and engaging opportunity to re-join the world of education
  • To support and raise the attainment of all pupils to ensure that they achieve at the highest level possible
  • To raise the aspiration of all pupils
  • To work towards successful transition to post-16 education, employment, or training
  • Provide a tailored education programme for each young person and personal guidance and support
  • Offer pupils the opportunity for formal accreditation in several subject areas
  • Offer access in the wider curriculum to a range of enrichment activities e.g. arts, sports, PSHE, work-related learning


The services will be split into the following Lots:

Lot 1 – Alternative education

Lot 2 – Alternative education – online learning

Lot 3 – Alternative Education Provision for Pupils with an EHCP

Lot 3A – Alternative Education Provision for Pupils with an EHCP delivered online

Lot 4 – Additional Support Services



Region(s) of supply: Liverpool

Estimated contract dates: 
Start date- 01/05/2022
End date- 30/04/2025

Current Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) round information:
End date- 18/03/2022 16:00

Expression of interest window:
From 18/02/2022 12:00 to 18/03/2022 16:00



Buyer: Liverpool City Council
Contact: Gill Astill
Email: gill.astill@liverpool.gov.uk
Telephone: 0151 233 0591
Address: 4th Floor, Cunard Building
L3 1DS
United Kingdom