Derbyshire looks to live online lessons for pupils outside mainstream education

Written by Sam Trendall on 19 October 2017 in News
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County council seeks supplier of live and asynchronous web-based classes for eight-year engagement

Lessons provided online must be in line with the National Curriculum, the council said  Credit: PA

Derbyshire County Council is investing in live online teaching for pupils who are not able to take part in mainstream schooling.

The council has issued a contract notice seeking a supplier of “externally hosted live online lessons and asynchronous learning and associated services”. The chosen supplier will be expected to deliver classes that are in line with the guidance of the National Curriculum and that “meet the needs of Derbyshire students who are currently unable to access mainstream education provision”, the council said.

These lessons will be provided live, but bidders must also be able to provide “asynchronous” learning options. Additionally, they will be expected to work with Derbyshire Children’s Services “to manage and monitor the attainment and progress of students accessing the provision”. The chosen supplier must also ensure “effective safeguarding” for pupils. 

The council is looking for companies that can provide a “commercially available, fully functional solution”. 

Bidders have until 27 November to put themselves forward. The contract, which is worth an estimated £760,000, is scheduled to go live and 1 June 2018 and last for eight years.

 

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