Issue details

District Specialist Centres and Portage

Commissioning are awarding a new contract for District Specialist Centres to commence on the 1st of September 2024 and Portage to commence on the 1st of April 2024 These services will continue to provide support to children with special educational needs under the age of 5.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: For Determination

Notice of proposed decision first published: 14/08/2023

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - View reasons

Decision due: 10 Oct 2023 by Cabinet

Lead member: Cllr Jane Davies, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, SEND and Inclusion

Lead director: Kathryn Davis (Interim Director - Education & Skills)

Department: Commissioning

Contact: Kai Muxlow, Susan Kirk, Senior Commissioner Email: Tel: 01225 718755.

Consultation process

Co-production and engagement with parent carers, mainstream settings and professionals has taken place during the Spring of 2023 and will continue into the Summer. This engagement with families and professionals is contributing to and informing the design of the new District Specialist Centre and Portage service. 33.Activities carried out in the Spring were in the form of surveys sent to parent carers and mainstream nurseries and working group sessions with professionals on inclusion and outreach and in reach. The response rate to the surveys was good with a total number of 430 responses and the workshops were well attended.?? During June WPCC also conducted three face to face engagement events in Calne, Marlborough and Salisbury. These events had a total of 12 parents attending and provided rich feedback from parent carers of children with SEND on our District Specialist Centres.
Briefing note and conversation was held with Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, SEND and Inclusion.


Parent Carers, Professionals and Providers

Agenda items


  • District Specilsist Centres and Portage