DfE Trialling and Sampling Framework

DfE Trialling and Sampling Framework

STA wish to re-establish a Trialling and Sampling Framework to carry out trials and sampling exercises for a range of DfE assessments. 

United Kingdom-Coventry: Primary education services

2018/S 017-035642

Social and other specific services – public contracts

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Department for Education
53-55 Butts Road, Earlsdon Park
United Kingdom
Contact person: James Heathcote
E-mail: james.heathcote@education.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKG33Internet address(es):Main address: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education

I.2)Joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
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


Trialling Framework — STA0166

Reference number: STA0166

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

STA wish to re-establish a Trialling and Sampling Framework to carry out trials and sampling exercises for a range of DfE assessments. The new framework will be established by mid-2018 and will operate for a maximum of 4 years.

Each year, around 560 000 children who have reached the end of key stage 1 and key Stage 2, participate in a range of National Curriculum Tests (NCTs) (and from 2016 onwards, a similar number of pupils at the end of key Stage 1 will also participate in National Curriculum Tests), and around 35 000 skills tests are sat each year. Each potential test item and complete test is trialled with an appropriate target candidate.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 40 140 000.00 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:

England only.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The required services include (but are not limited to):


— Project Management,

— Management Information,

— Security,

— Equalities,

— Business Continuity,

— Financial Requirements,

— Resources,

— Quality Assurance,

— Exit and Transition.


— recruitment and management of schools and test centres,

— recruitment, training and management of administrators,

— recruitment, training and management of markers/coder,

— collection and distribution of assessment instruments,

— secure administration of tests in schools and test centres,

— test and pupil/candidate data handling,

— trial and sample admin reports,

— Desktop Publishing,

— printing,

— marking/coding of test scripts,

— management of scripts during marking/coding,

— data capture and management,

— return of results.

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 40 140 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract or the framework agreement

Start: 14/06/2018
End: 14/06/2022

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

The total value of the work over 4 years is expected to be between GBP 30 500 000 and GBP 40 140 000.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation
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:

Referred to in the scope of requirements and to be listed in each individual call-off.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Form of procedure

Open procedure

IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
IV.1.10)Identification of the national rules applicable to the procedure:

IV.1.11)Main features of the award procedure:

See Invitation to Tender letter.

IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2017/S 242-503157

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

Date: 09/03/2018
Local time: 12:00

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


Section VI: Complementary information

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Department for Education
Sanctuary Buildings, 20 Great Smith Street
United Kingdom
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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