Tender for National Professional Qualification Quality Assurance Agent

Tender for National Professional Qualification Quality Assurance Agent

The Department for Education is undertaking a procurement exercise to appoint a quality assurance agent for the National Professional Qualifications.

United Kingdom-London: Education and training services

2017/S 236-490150

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Department for Education
Sanctuary Buildings, Great Lime St
London
SW1P 3BT
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 8450194170
E-mail: Sourcing.HELP@education.gov.uk
Fax: +44 2476823675
NUTS code: UKInternet address(es):Main address: https://www.gov.uk/Department-for-Education
I.2)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

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

Education

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

National Professional Qualification Quality Assurance Agent.

Reference number: 30288

II.1.2)Main CPV code

80000000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The department is undertaking a procurement exercise to appoint a quality assurance agent for the National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).

NPQs are a suite of professional development programmes designed to ensure participants have the knowledge and skills they need to become effective school leaders. The department has recently reformed the NPQs and these will be delivered from Academic Year 17/18, by 41 organisations that have been accredited by the DFE. The department is seeking to contract with an organisation or consortium that will assess and improve the quality of NPQ provision through a range of quality assurance activities.

The contract is for 3 years inclusive of set up, mobilisation and exit, with an option to extend for 2 further years if required. It is anticipated that a contract will be awarded in 3.2018 and the provider should be able to mobilise themselves quickly in order to commence service delivery on 7.5.2018.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 6 000 000.00 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)

79000000
79132000
79313000
79410000
79419000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKC
NUTS code: UKD
NUTS code: UKE
NUTS code: UKF
NUTS code: UKG
NUTS code: UKH
NUTS code: UKI
NUTS code: UKJ
NUTS code: UKK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

NPQs are a suite of professional development programmes designed to ensure participants have the knowledge and skills they need to become effective school leaders. The department has recently reformed the NPQs, better to prepare new leaders for the wider range of leadership roles available in the education system. The reformed NPQs will be introduced in Academic Year 17/18 and delivered by the 41 organisations that have been accredited by the DFE.

We want the reformed NPQs to be grounded in the best available evidence and recognised as the gold standard for teachers’ professional development. We are therefore seeking to partner with an organisation with the authority and expertise to establish and maintain this gold standard. The selected organisation (the “QA Agent”) will be responsible for quality assuring and improving NPQ provision throughout England through a range of activities. These include regularly gathering evidence on providers’ performance, carrying out in-depth inspections of providers and moderating participants’ assessment projects, in order to assess and improve providers’ performance.

The requirement is for a single national provider (or consortium) to provide quality assurance to National Professional Qualifications throughout England (for avoidance of doubt this excludes the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands). This will entail delivery of the following services:

— regular monitoring and improvement of NPQ providers’ performance,

— undertaking detailed performance reviews of providers,

— moderating a sample of participants’ assessment projects,

— continuous improvement of NPQ provision,

— partnership working with NPQ providers, participants and DfE,

— regular reporting of management information and analysis on the quality of NPQ provision,

— maintaining good governance arrangements.

The contract is for 3 years inclusive of set up, mobilisation and exit, with an option to extend for 2 further years if required. It is anticipated that a contract will be awarded in 3.2018 and the provider should be able to mobilise themselves quickly in order to commence service delivery on 7.5.2018.

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: 6 000 000.00 GBP

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

Start: 07/05/2018
End: 06/05/2021
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

3 years, with the option to extend for a period, or periods, up to a further 2 years.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

Option to extend for a period, or periods, up to a further 2 years at a maximum costs of GBP 2 000 000 per year.

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

Notice number in the OJ S: 2017/S 151-312719

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

Date: 19/01/2018
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: 19/01/2018
Local time: 12:00
Place:

Offices of the DFE.

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
E-mail: Sourcing.HELP@education.gov.uk
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:

05/12/2017

 

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