A Level Grants Programme

A Level Grants Programme

A level grants programme to boost maths/physics teacher recruitment.

United Kingdom-Manchester: Education and training services

2015/S 131-241043

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Department for Education, National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)
Piccadilly Gate, Store Street
For the attention of: Sally Duffy
M1 2WD Manchester
E-mail: commercial.admin@education.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

Electronic access to information: https://www.gov.uk/nctl-e-procurement-system-Redimo2

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://www.gov.uk/nctl-e-procurement-system-Redimo2

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions

I.3)Main activity


I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract


II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

A level grants programme to boost maths/physics teacher recruitment (RFx105).

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 24: Education and vocational education services

NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

It is a DfE priority to develop a great workforce with strong leadership. This programme specifically contributes to this priority by increasing the number of specialist maths and physics teachers in the classroom. On 8 December 2014, the Prime Minister announced a five-year commitment to fund a package of policies to address the shortfall in STEM teachers.
The A level grants programme (‘the Programme’) is part of the wider package of initiatives, and will be a prestigious new scheme to encourage high-quality A level students to select maths- and physics-related degrees and go into teaching, at a time when we can influence both their choice of degree and career. We will be looking for students with a clear commitment to teaching and a strong academic record in their chosen subject.
In return, students will receive financial support while studying toward their undergraduate maths- or physics-related degree, gain school experience and receive additional training while still at university. Students are then guaranteed a place on on-the-job teacher training, subject to completing their studies and meeting the entry requirements for initial teacher training (ITT). No other route into teaching offers financial support and the chance to earn a salary in their training year.
This programme presents an opportunity to engage with and recruit high-quality A level maths and physics students, to develop them into outstanding teachers who will be retained in the profession and will have a positive impact on children and young people.
To deliver the high-quality programme by the proposed options, it is necessary to combine outstanding recruitment, development of additional undergraduate level training with the very best of the expertise in the ITT sector. This programme will run nationally

Also see Contracts Finder — https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder for a Word version of the advert

This contract is being advertised under the ‘Light Touch Regime’.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

The anticipated maximum whole life contract cost will be up to a maximum value of 16 479 000 GBP (inclusive of all expenses and VAT at prevailing UK rate).

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 108 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

Company, Prime Contractor, Joint Venture, or Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). In the event that a consortia bid is successful the Authority will anticipate the creation of an appropriate legal vehicle/SPV to provide satisfaction on capacity.
If the potential supplier bidding for the requirement is part of a consortium joint venture or SPV, the Authority will require full details of the consortium joint venture or SPV.
Potential suppliers should provide details of the actual or proposed percentage shareholding of the constituent members within the consortium in a separate attachment. If a consortium is not proposing to form a corporate entity, full details of alternative proposed arrangements should be provided in the attachment. Please note that NCTL reserves the right to require a successful consortium to form a single legal entity.
The Authority recognises that arrangements in relation to consortia may (within limits) be subject to future change. Potential consortia should therefore respond in the light of the arrangements as currently envisaged. Potential consortia are reminded that any future proposed change in relation to consortia must be notified to the Authority so that it can make a further assessment by applying the selection criteria to the new information provided.
If an SPV is formed by a single organisation to separate liabilities from the parent company then NCTL would require a parent company guarantee.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Bidder responses will be used to undertake an assessment of their organisation’s economic and financial standing. Bidders will be contacted by the Authority if this assessment identifies that a parent or other type of guarantee is required.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Responses will be used to undertake an assessment of your organisation’s technical and professional ability to provide the goods/services.
Where the Potential Supplier is a SPV and not intending to be the main provider of the goods or services, the information requested should be provided in respect of the principal intended provider of the goods or services.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

RFx105 – A level grants programme to boost maths/physics teacher recruitment
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

18.8.2015 – 11:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

VI.3)Additional information

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of bidders will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.
RFx105 Contract Period
This notice pertains to the award of a contract for which the duration of a maximum of 108 months (and is expected to be from contract award in October 2015, subject to the agreement of DfE Ministers).
The contract will include: recruiting and delivering 3 cohorts, between 2015 and 2024.
To cover the possibility of a member of an intake deferring, the Contract may be extended from the expiry of the Initial Term for a further period of up to a maximum of 12 months (or any part thereof) to accommodate delivery of the Programme (subject to continued support and funding by government.)
The Contracting Authority/Department reserve the right to terminate any agreement should funding be withdrawn, changed or there is an significant change in government policy relating to the delivery of the programme and outputs required as part of this contract, by giving 3 months’ notice.
Indicative key dates for this procurement activity.
9.7.2015 — issue of Invitation to bid via REDIMO2
18.8.2015, 11.00 — deadline date for bids
October 2015 — indicative contract start (subject to agreement with DfE ministers)
Registration for the procurement.
This procurement will be run through an e-procurement system REDIMO2. REDIMO2 is NCTL’s e-procurement system, used for contracting for most works, goods and services that are awarded following an electronic competitive tendering process.

If your organisation is interested in participating in this procurement (RFx105) you will need to register on REDIMO2 (If you are not already). Please register at: https://www.gov.uk/nctl-e-procurement-system-Redimo2

Please e-mail our helpdesk commercial.admin@education.gsi.gov.uk if you have any queries with registering your details on REDIMO2.

Once the Invitation to Bid is launched it will be visible for bidders to respond. This Invitation to Bid will be launched on Thursday 9 July 2015.
All Tender documentation will be made available from REDIMO2 and Bidders should ensure that they have read all documentation prior to submitting a response.
Where appropriate, the successful bidder will be required to deliver a Deed of Guarantee at the same time as the execution of the Agreement.
Clarification questions will be answered either at the Bidders’ events (see details below), or through responses available through REDIMO.

NCTL will be holding two face-to-face information meetings for potential bidders. These will run on Tuesday 14 July in Manchester (13:00-15:00) and Wednesday 15 July in London (15:30-17:30). If you would like to attend either meeting, please email a-level.grants@education.gsi.gov.uk. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Address in 1 in the first instance

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Contracting Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day (when using electronic means) standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the decision to award a contract before a contract is executed/signed (as appropriate) in accordance with Public Contracts Regulations.

VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Address in 1 in the first instance

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:


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