Digital Languages Mentoring Programme – Department for Education

Digital Languages Mentoring Programme – Department for Education

The Department for Education is seeking a provider to deliver the beta phase of the digital languages mentoring project, building on the 2018-19 alpha pilot.

United Kingdom-London: Education and training services

2019/S 158-390845

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Department for Education
Sanctuary Buildings, 20, Great Smith Street
London
SW1P 3BT
United Kingdom
E-mail: languages.info@education.gov.uk
NUTS code: UK
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.app.jaggaer.com/
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://education.app.jaggaer.com/
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:

Digital Langauges Mentoring Programme (Beta)

II.1.2)Main CPV code

80000000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The Department for Education (DfE) is seeking a provider to deliver the beta phase of the digital languages mentoring project, building on the 2018-19 alpha pilot, which will encourage pupils in year 8/9 to choose modern foreign languages (MFL) at GCSE level.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 1 985 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Department for Education (DfE) is seeking a provider to deliver the beta phase of the digital languages mentoring project, building on the 2018-19 alpha pilot, which will encourage pupils in year 8/9 to choose modern foreign languages (MFL) at GCSE level.

The project will be run in state maintained schools in England, with MFL undergraduate students from universities in England as mentors. The pupils will be of mixed abilities, mixed gender and mixed socio-economic backgrounds. We are particularly interested in the capacity for the project to affect the choices of disadvantaged pupils and pupils who might not otherwise choose a language. The project’s ambition is to inspire them to choose to study languages at GCSE level.

This is a digital project (as well as involving face to face visits) – using a digital platform to host interesting and stimulating digital resources to spark pupils’ attention related to global culture and the value of languages. (The digital platform is being developed under a separate contract).

The private beta phase will run in at least 40 schools in England, from late January 2020 to the end of February or early March. The project will be delivered by the time Year 9 pupils make their subject choices for GCSEs. Mentors will work with small groups of 10-12 pupils, with a total pool of at least 1 000 pupils. The contract includes the option to progress to the public beta phase of the pilot, to run in academic year 2020-21 with a pool of at least 6 000 pupils (subject to approval and funding).

The provider will be required to:

— run a dedicated programme of engagement, continuing the approach from the alpha phase. Activities from the alpha pilot will be available to bidders on request,

— work with the department to develop a robust evaluation model that provides clear evidence of the impact on participating pupils, including both qualitative and quantitative data,

— collaborate with the DfE product manager to prepare for the GDS service assessment at the end of the private beta pilot, focusing on the digital platform and compliance with GDS standards,

— commission user research to shape and evaluate the digital platform. The user research will need to be compatible with and support assessment of the platform against GDS standards,

— work with digital experts within the DfE and third parties who will review the digital platform in line with the GDS specifications. The DfE digital team will look at specific digital elements such as security and data protection, in order to support with GDS assessments and advise on future expansion of the digital element of the project.

For more details on the requirement and to access the tender documents please visit https://education.app.jaggaer.com/.

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: 1 985 000.00 GBP

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

Start: 01/11/2019
End: 31/08/2020
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

This contract is for an initial term of up to 10 months at a maximum value of 485 000 GBP, with the option to extend for a further term of 12 months at a maximum value of 1 500 000 GBP, taking the total potential contract value to 1 985 000 GBP (exclusive of VAT) over a term of 22 months.

The option to extend the contract is dependant on internal approvals and funding and is at the sole discretion of the DfE.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

This contract is for an initial private beta term of up to 10 months at a maximum value of 485 000 GBP, with the option to extend for a further public beta term of 12 months at a maximum value of 1 500 000 GBP, taking the total potential contract value to 1 985 000 GBP (exclusive of VAT) over a term of 22 months.

The option to extend the contract is dependant on internal approvals and funding and is at the sole discretion of the DfE.

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)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: 20/09/2019
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: 20/09/2019
Local time: 12:00

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

Department for Education
Great Smith Street
London
SW1P 3BT
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:

14/08/2019

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