Cyber Schools Programme Tender

Cyber Schools Programme Tender

To develop and deliver an ambitious extracurricular programme for 14-18 year olds who demonstrate motivation, enthusiasm and a high cyber aptitude (latent or developed) for cyber security.

United Kingdom-London: Education and training services

2017/S 031-056032

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Department for Culture, Media and Sport
100 Parliament Street
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2072116000
NUTS code: UK

Internet address(es):Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.2)Joint procurement


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

Recreation, culture and religion

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Cyber Schools Programme.

Reference number: 100707

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

To meet the aim of creating a new cohort of cyber security talent to strengthen the UK’s cyber security skills pipeline, the Department is seeking a service provider/consortium of service providers to develop and deliver an ambitious extracurricular programme for 14-18 year olds who demonstrate motivation, enthusiasm and a high cyber aptitude (latent or developed) for cyber security. Students will embark on a four year study programme of high quality cyber security education and training to gain exceptional quality and sought after cyber security skills and experience. The programme will strengthen the skills pipeline and embed cyber security as an exciting and recognised career choice.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 20 000 000.00 GBP

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: UK
Main site or place of performance:


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Cyber Schools Programme is a major, exciting and inspirational opportunity to develop the next talent of potential cyber professionals. The programme will bring together real-world cyber expertise and educational experience to teach cyber skills in innovative and engaging ways to the next generation of potential cyber security professionals. The programme will identify and mobilise expert volunteers from industry and beyond to inspire, teach and expose them to future career options. We expect a mix of innovative blended learning (including classroom based and online teaching) with work focused on real-world challenges, cyber careers and opportunities. Our vision of success for the four year study programme is to have had a minimum of 5 700 programme participants by 2021 (who have either completed or are within the programme), and for a significant proportion of these to be progressing into relevant cyber security careers, education or training. The Provider will be responsible for developing an innovative, high quality cyber security curriculum and teaching materials which will keep current with cyber trends, and put in place the infrastructure for expansion and wider geographical roll-out. The proposed infrastructure should enable the teaching of 14-18 year olds across different locations, increasing in scale as the programme develops with a mix of blended learning. The pilot will initially be established in England only. However, the Provider will need to demonstrate an ability to deliver the programme more widely across the UK. The Provider will be required to harness and maximise the use of existing industry and academia resources and expertise. It should deliver 4 hours of inspired teaching and studying per week, which should be flexible around exam time and busier study times and allow for students to do more hours if they wish. To get onto the programme, students will need to undergo some sort of selection testing to ensure they have the enthusiasm, motivation and high cyber aptitude (either latent or developed) for the programme. Students should be able to enter at any point onto the programme as long as they reach the set standard and selection testing. Students should gain cumulative achievements and attainment as they develop through each module of the programme. Each module should be a mix of blended learning and project work. The programme should be designed for a student to progress at a suitable pace to last them from the age of 14 to the age of 18. We welcome exciting innovative ideas from the Tender Response as to how this could be delivered, and how this would work in practice is up to the Tenderer to propose. Government recognises the need to deliver clarity and consistency across all its activity to address the cyber skills gap. To this end, it will expand the successful CyberFirst brand to include relevant Government supported extracurricular cyber programmes in schools, moving the brand away from a national security focus. The Cyber Schools programme will be delivered under the repositioned CyberFirst brand, but should align with and exploit existing CyberFirst initiatives. This exciting programme should be designed to enthuse and inspire students. It should also promote diversity, neurodiversity and social mobility, by being equally attractive and accessible to all. To achieve this, the programme should aim for a 50:50 male to female ratio, be inclusive of those with disabilities and be delivered across a geographic and socio-economic spread. The Provider should also consider will be expected to proactively seek individuals with latent cyber security talent, including those who may not necessarily be excelling academically, but have the aptitude to succeed at cyber. More widely, the programme is also expected to encourage the uptake of relevant courses at Key Stages 4 and 5, further and higher education and the uptake of cyber security careers.

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

Value excluding VAT: 20 000 000.00 GBP

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

Start: 25/05/2017
End: 31/08/2021
This contract is subject to renewal: no

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

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
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

Open 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

Notice number in the OJ S: 2016/S 159-287564

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

Date: 13/03/2017
Local time: 10:00
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

Duration in months: 4 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 13/03/2017
Local time: 10:00

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:

For more information about this opportunity, please visit the Delta eSourcing portal at:

To respond to this opportunity, please click here:

GO Reference: GO-2017210-PRO-9564309.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Department for Culture, Media and Sport
100 Parliament Street
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2072116000Internet
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
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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