Reception Baseline Assessments Quality Assurance Coventry
STA are looking to procure a supplier to work with us to determine appropriate models for assuring the national data from the reception baseline.
United Kingdom-Coventry: Education and training services
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)
Department for Education, Standards and Testing Agency
Earlsdon Park, 53-55 Butts Road
For the attention of: Talat Shams
CV1 3BH Coventry
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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)
The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) is an executive agency of the Department for Education.
The STA’s main functions are to:
— develop high quality and rigorous national curriculum tests and assessments in line with Ministerial policy,
— undertake operational delivery of national curriculum tests and assessment (including printing, distribution, marking and data capture of tests as appropriate),
— support schools and other stakeholders to deliver national curriculum tests and assessments,
— support and implement arrangements for moderation of teacher assessment judgements.
STA is responsible for developing and delivering the national curriculum tests and assessments and ensuring their proper and safe production and administration. These assessments operate across Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and key stages 1, 2 and 3 and are used by a wide range of maintained and other schools.
Further information about STA and the national curriculum tests and assessments can be found at www.education.gov.uk/assessments
The DfE will use a new reception baseline assessment to capture the starting point from which the progress that schools make with their pupils will be measured. The content of the reception baseline will reflect the knowledge and understanding of children at the start of reception, and will be clearly linked to the learning and development requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and key stage 1 national curriculum in English and Mathematics. The reception baseline will be administered within the first half term of a pupil’s entry to a reception class.
Data from the reception baseline will be used to hold schools to account; it must therefore be valid and reliable. Although the reception baseline suppliers are undertaking some activities to quality assure the data they submit, their customer/supplier relationship with schools means that additional central quality assurance will be required.
The reception baseline is a new assessment and the Department has not quality assured assessments of this nature before. As a result, we need to pilot and evaluate different approaches to see what works.
STA are looking to procure a supplier to work with us to determine appropriate models for assuring the national data from the reception baseline. Once models have been determined, STA will agree up to three approaches to be implemented by the supplier in small scale pilots during September/October 2015. The supplier will also be responsible for evaluating the approaches using evidence from the pilots with the aim of recommending an approach to be implemented from September 2016.
Key Supplier Requirements:
— organisational capability and experience of designing and conducting quality assurance processes in an educational environment,
— proven experience in delivering a product to time and quality using an agreed methodology,
— ability to source and train appropriately qualified representatives,
— ability to collate and analyse data to evaluate options,
— based on evidence received make recommendations,
— ensure the security of information.
The contract value is 250 000 GBP (excluding VAT) for the period 1.7.2015 to 31.1.2016.
Should the Department implement the optional contract extension, the maximum whole life contract cost shall not exceed 400 000 GBP (excluding VAT).
Please note that contract requirements will be subject to available financial resources, supplier performance and flexibility to meet changing demands.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Responses will be used to undertake an assessment of your organisation’s technical and professional ability to provide the goods/services.
Where the Potential Supplier is a SPV and not intending to be the main provider of the goods or services, the information requested should be provided in respect of the principal intended provider of the goods or services.
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
Prior information notice
Notice number in the OJEU: 2015/S 58-101996 of 24.3.2015
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
Indicative key dates for this procurement activity
Task Name Date
Contract Notice and Invitation to Tender Issued on Contracts Finder
Closing Date for Clarification Questions
Closing date for receipt of bids
Award Decision issued to bidders
10-day Standstill period until
Start-up meeting / Contract Start
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VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
The address in 1 in the first instance
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: