Decision details

Pobble Moderation Tools

Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Children and Young People's Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To award the contract to Pobble for a period of 24 months, to ensure the School Improvement Service can effectively carry out moderation of primary schools.

The total contract value including previous spend is c.£83K.

Reasons for the decision:

A Primary Assessment and Moderation SLA has been introduced in Autumn 2021. Following a successful trial of Pobble, an online moderation tool has been identified as required to enhance and modernise both the statutory assessment and moderation and other moderation activities within the Local Authority. The provision of online moderation is a specialist market with limited options being known to the Local Authority. The trial of Pobble was evaluated as being successful and uptake by North Yorkshire schools was 180 primary schools.
Under CPR 16. Exceptions to Contract Procedure Rules 16.1 A Director does not need to invite bids in accordance with Rule 8 in the following
(e) the purchase of Supplies, Works, Services or Social and Other Specific Services which are of such a specialised nature as to be obtainable from one Contractor only

Alternative options considered:


Publication date: 23/12/2021

Date of decision: 22/12/2021