Centre of Excellence for Literacy Teaching – Department for Education

Centre of Excellence for Literacy Teaching – Department for Education

To establish and run the Centre of Excellence for Literacy Teaching and the national network of 35 English Hubs.

United Kingdom-Coventry: Education and training services

2018/S 110-250592

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Department for Education
Cheylesmore House, Quinton Road
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 8450194170
E-mail: Sourcinghelp@education.gov.uk
Fax: +44 2476823675
NUTS code: UKZ
Internet address(es):Main address: https://www.gov.uk/Department-for-Education
I.2)Information about joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://education.bravosolution.co.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://education.bravosolution.co.uk
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Centre of Excellence for Literacy Teaching

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

On 1.10.2017 we announced plans to establish a national network of English Hubs across the country, beginning with the north, with a specific initial focus on improving early language and literacy teaching in schools. On 14.12.2017 in the Social Mobility Action Plan and in a separate announcement on 6.1.2018 we further announced a national network of 35 English Hubs (“Hubs”) and a Centre of Excellence for Literacy Teaching (the Centre).

These announcements confirmed funding of up to 26 300 000 GBP in the financial years 2018-19 and 2019-20 to establish and run the Centre of Excellence for Literacy Teaching and the national network of 35 English Hubs which are being appointed through a separate process. As part of the funding comes from the Northern Powerhouse, 14 of the hubs will be in that region, which covers the former government office regions of North East, North West, and Yorkshire and Humber.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKZ

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Our vision is that by 2020, we will have:

A Centre of Excellence for Literacy Teaching with an excellent understanding of the strengths and weaknesses across the country, and which is able to intervene in cold spots and leverage its expertise to support schools outside the immediate catchment area of the hubs’ network;

35 hubs operating throughout the country, knowing the strengths and weaknesses of the schools in their area, and confident in their ability to analyse these and provide, or otherwise source, appropriate support for those schools;

Awareness from schools in areas where there is a local hub that they can go there to access free literacy support for reception year, key stage 1 and school-based nurseries; and schools confident they are receiving the support they need to improve pupil outcomes and are reporting improved teacher confidence.

As part of this package of work, we are seeking to strengthen language and literacy outcomes in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). One strand of this reform, as set out in the government’s response to the primary assessment consultation (September 2017) is the reform of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP), which will include revising the Early Learning Goals to give a greater focus on supporting children in developing their vocabulary and core early literacy and language skills. The Social Mobility Action Plan also sets out the importance of improving teaching in reception year to narrow the word gap between disadvantaged children and their peers so that all children have the building blocks to succeed at key stage 1 and beyond.

We believe it is important to co-ordinate our reforms relating to schools and early years settings, at both the national (DfE/Centre) and local (hub) levels. Therefore, English Hubs will have a key role in developing practice in reception year and key stage 1 in relation to language and literacy before and during this rollout.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 16
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The option to extend beyond 2020, annually for a further 24 months.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

List and brief description of selection criteria:

The selection criteria are all included in the procurement documentation attached to the online Standard Selection Questionnaire (SSQ).

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

List and brief description of selection criteria:

The selection criteria are all included in the procurement documentation attached to the online Standard Selection Questionnaire (SSQ).

III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 06/07/2018
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

The procurement process will be conducted under the Light Touch Regime (LTR) in accordance with Regulations 74 to 76 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and will use a two-stage approach following the Restricted Procedure.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

High Court
Royal Court of Justices, the Strand
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

The Contracting Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point that information on the award of the contracts is communicated to suppliers. Unsuccessful suppliers shall be informed by the Contracting Authority as soon as possible after the decision has been made. If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not been successfully resolved, The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 Nº 102) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by the breach of the rules to take legal action. Any such action must be brought within the applicable limitation period. Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the Contracting Authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the Court may, depending on the circumstances, award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order the Contracting Authority to pay a fine, and / or order that the duration of the contract is shortened. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow the parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:


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