Mandarin Teaching Expansion Programme
The purpose of the programme is to deliver a minimum of 5 000 speakers of Mandarin on their way to a high level (HSK level IV, V, Chinese GCSE and A Level) of fluency by 2020.
United Kingdom-London: Education and training services
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)
Department for Education
Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street
Contact point(s): Eben Groenewald
SW1P 3BT London
Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)
I.2)Type of the contracting authority
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
Section II: Object of the contract
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 24: Education and vocational education services
NUTS code UK
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
China is a country of huge strategic importance to the UK and education plays a key role in developing that wider relationship with important economic, educational and diplomatic benefits. The Government firmly believes that learning other languages is important in our globalised economy, as well as helping pupils to prepare for life in modern Britain.
On 22 September the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced funding of 10 000 000 GBP for at least 5 000 additional pupils to be taught Mandarin in schools in England by 2020.
Brief description of service.
The purpose of the programme is to deliver a minimum of 5 000 speakers of Mandarin on their way to a high level (HSK level IV, V, Chinese GCSE and A Level) of fluency by 2020. This does not include native Mandarin speakers.
A key requirement of the programme is to implement a rigorous programme of study to the most able students. Schools must also be equipped with the resources and teaching expertise to provide this with confidence.
The contract will include break clauses at the end of each year and an option to extend.
The programme will:
— start in September 2016 with year 7 pupils, be demanding and intensive and focus on a relatively small number of schools;
— be rigorous and involve the study of Mandarin by the most able and motivated pupils for eight hours a week made up of a combination of class-time teaching, after school teaching and self- study;
— supply a sufficient number of teachers that are recruited and trained centrally;
— embed effective, sustainable teaching practices that will continue to increase Mandarin teaching beyond the funding of this project.
— give pupils an experience of China through visits and/or online contact; and
DfE estimate the contract value to be 10 000 000 GBP (including VAT) over 4 years. The contract will include break clauses at the end of each year and an option to extend.
Length of contract:
A period of 4 years (ending 31 March 2020), including break clauses (related to KPIs) at the end of each year and the option to extend for up to a further two years at the end of the contract. The scope of this contract may be extended following future, as yet unknown, developments which fall within the scope of the original contract aims, up to a further value of 20 % of the original contract value without the need to tender. Any such changes including revised costs would be agreed with the contractor.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
Section VI: Complementary information
Clarification Meetings if required w/b 14.3.2016
Department announcement of preferred bidder 4.4.2016
Contract fine-tuning with preferred bidder to take account of the solution 11.4.2016
Contract award 25.4.2016
Please note that the above timetable is indicative only. Given that we are not holding a selection stage it is difficult to judge the number of bids which may be received and require evaluation. We will inform all bidders as soon as possible if we need to amend the above plan.
DfE intends to contract with either a supplier who proposes to offer the whole service (with or without subcontractors) or a consortium of suppliers who have joined together to offer the whole service. At the bidding stage a consortium must be either a legal entity or have a lead organisation which is authorised to act on behalf of its members with which DfE can contract. Suitably qualified Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) who consider that they have the necessary skills and experience to support the programme are encouraged to submit a bid.
The Department reserves the right to finalise payment mechanisms, based on the preferred supplier’s bid, as part of formalising the contract.
This contract is being undertaken in accordance with the Light Touch Regime.
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
The address in 1 in the first instance
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: