DfE Initial Teacher Training Recruitment and Retention Support Services

DfE Initial Teacher Training Recruitment and Retention Support Services

The Department for Education is seeking to procure support to aid the recruitment, transition, training and retention of career changers and post-doctoral researchers into teaching.

United Kingdom-Coventry: Education and training services

2018/S 150-344874

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Department for Education
Cheylesmore House, Quinton Road
Coventry
CV1 2WT
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 8450194170
E-mail: sourcing.help@education.gov.uk
Fax: +44 2476823675
NUTS code: UKZZInternet address(es):Main address: https://www.gov.uk/Department-for-Education
I.2)Information about joint procurement

I.3)Communication

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

Education

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Recruitment and Retention Support Services

II.1.2)Main CPV code

80000000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The Department for Education is seeking to procure support to aid the recruitment, transition, training and retention of career changers and post-doctoral researchers into teaching.

These candidates require additional support to make the transition into the classroom but have potential to add value in schools drawing on their previous experience. We seek suppliers to recruit candidates, support their transition into teaching and maximise the added value they offer to schools. Suppliers should have strategies to retain career changers and post-doctoral researchers once they complete training.

We will award contracts to a number of different suppliers to develop and deliver recruitment and retention programmes targeted at different segments of the career changer market in separate regions across England.

We will re-procure the Maths and Physics Chairs programme which the Department has supported since 2014 and appoint a sole supplier to deliver a national programme across England.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 16 890 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots
Maximum number of lots that may be awarded to one tenderer: 2
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Maths and Physics Chairs Programme

Lot No: 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

80000000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKZ

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Post-doctoral researchers are a sub-set of career changers who can bring an enhanced level of subject knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm to encourage young people to study these subjects. Researchers can also champion evidence-based practice and higher education. However, mainstream teacher training routes have generally not targeted post-doctoral researchers.

Since 2014, the Department has supported the delivery of the Maths and Physics Chairs programme as part of the Department’s wider strategic focus on teacher sufficiency and promoting Science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) in schools by focusing on priority secondary shortage subjects. The programme has aimed to increase the numbers of post-doctoral teachers teaching maths and physics (and latterly EBacc subjects), as well as improving the progression to A level and beyond in maths and physics. Further details on the current programme can be found via the Get into Teaching website at: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/teacher-training-routes/specialist-training-options/researchers-in-schools

The Department is keen to continue with the Chairs programme and wants to increase the flexibility of the programme to include both School Direct (fee) and School Direct (salaried) to give schools and participants more choice.

The current programme is based exclusively on the School Direct (salaried) delivery model with participants in maths and physics receiving a salary uplift intended to encourage them to make the transition into teaching.

Under the new model, School Direct (fee) participants will receive a Chairs bursary of the same value as the subject ITT Scholarship or bursary available to all other postgraduates. We will also retain a salary uplift for maths and physics School direct (salaried) participants for the first cohort and will review this in spring 2019 in relation to the 2020 cohort.

Any potential solution would need to ‘wrap around’ an existing ITT course leading to Qualified teacher status delivered by an accredited ITT provider. This exercise is not establishing new ITT, nor is it accrediting new ITT provision.

We are looking to award a single national contract for the Maths and Physics programme which will be for up to 100 participants per cohort, placed in schools across England. We seek bids from organisations that can demonstrate how they can attract and support high calibre post-doctoral researchers to make a successful transition into teaching, and how they will retain trainees once trained. We invite bids from individual organisations or consortia capable of delivering a national programme.

The initial scope of the Chairs contract is for 2 intakes of up to 100 participants per cohort to start their training in 2019/20 (2019 cohort) and 2020/21 (2020 cohort) respectively. There is a possibility of an extension for one further cohort.

Each intake will be on the programme for 2 years, a year training on an ITT programme, with continuing support as a newly qualified teacher (NQT) in year 2.

The main subject focus of the Chairs programme will be maths and physics with at least 70 % of participants expected to be in these subjects. The programme may also include participants in other EBacc subjects. The Department may consider expanding the scope to other subjects/phases that are challenging to recruit to where it can be managed within the existing Service and Pricing Model.

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: 6 090 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 35
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Option to extend by a further 12 months

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Career Changer Programme

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

80000000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKZ

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Career changers have the potential to bring extraordinary previous employment and industry experience to the classroom, which can inspire young people and influence teaching practice and wider school policies.

A career changer is a person who is moving from another career (including other roles within schools) into teaching. This may also include people on career breaks or not in current employment. We invite bids from individual organisations or consortia capable of delivering the Department’s requirement in full.

Career changers, however, require more support than new graduate applicants to ITT in deciding to apply for teaching, and through the transition from their previous careers into the classroom.

Career changers face a number of challenges when moving to a new profession such as changing income, returning to training and successfully transferring their knowledge and skills to a new profession.

We seek bids from suppliers that can demonstrate how they can attract, recruit and support career changers to make a successful transition into teaching, deliver ‘added value’ from their previous careers and retain them once trained.

Contracts awarded on Lot 1 will be targeted at a specific region or regions. Details can be found in the specification document.

We are keen to learn what the market can offer candidates and schools by way of a career development plan that will utilise candidates’ previous career experience to benefit the pupils and schools and shape the early career development of the successful trainee.

Any potential solution would need to ‘wrap around’ an existing ITT course leading to Qualified Teacher Status delivered by an accredited ITT provider. This exercise is not establishing new ITT, nor is it accrediting new ITT provision.

The core aim is to recruit and train new teachers; however, suppliers may also attract returning qualified teachers and offer a tailored support package for this group alongside other career changers.

The initial scope of each Career Changer contract is for 2 intakes of up to 100 participants per cohort to start their training in 2019/20 (2019 cohort) and 2020/21 (2020 cohort) respectively. There is a possibility of an extension for one further cohort.

Each intake will be on the programme for 2 years, a year training on an ITT programme, with continuing support as a newly qualified teacher (NQT) in year 2.

Whilst there are no restrictions to the subjects or phases a potential solution could recruit to, they must, as a minimum include:

— English Language and Literature,

— Maths,

— Biology,

— Chemistry,

— Computer Science,

— Physics,

— Geography,

— History,

— Modern Foreign Languages.

Potential suppliers should specify in their bids which segment of the career changer market they intend to target and in which regions and why, they should specify how they would tailor their programme to that particular audience.

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: 10 800 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 35
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Option to extend by a further 12 months

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:

Selection criteria as stated 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:

Selection criteria as stated 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)Description

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

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

Date: 12/09/2018
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:

English
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 12/09/2018
Local time: 14:00

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:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

High Court
Royal Court of Justices, The Strand
London
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:

03/08/2018

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