Triple Science Support Programme

Triple Science Support Programme

The Department for Education (The Department) is inviting bids for the management and delivery of the Triple Science Support Programme.

Reference number: 1077

Deadline date:07/02/2014

This deadline is for… 5pm 7th February 2014 for return of tenders

Contract value:£2,000,000 – £3,000,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: England

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? Yes

Name of the buying organisation: Department for Education

 

Description of the contract

Background: The Department for Education (The Department) is inviting bids for the management and delivery of the Triple Science Support Programme. The Government remains committed to increasing the number of young people opting to study triple science (i.e. the three single science GCSEs in chemistry, physics and biology). Whilst the number of pupils in state funded schools in England taking triple science has increased significantly in recent years (from 66,400 in 2009 to 141,400 in 2013) there is scope for further improvements in take up. The Triple Science Support Programme (TSSP) was put in place to address the low take up of triple science in 2007 when just 36,000 pupils in state funded schools opted to take this GCSE science option which was available in only 32% of state funded schools in England. The current contract which started in 2011 is being delivered by Myscience.co Ltd. Brief description of service The purpose of the TSSP will continue to be to increase the number of pupils in state funded schools in England taking triple science as part of the Government’s overall drive to increase participation in STEM subjects at A level and university and college post 18. The aims of the TSSP will be to: • provide intensive support to those schools that have either low or no take up of triple science, and where schools are indicating that they may want to reduce the level of their triple science provision; and • to also work with the relatively new local Science Learning Partnerships and Teaching Schools to build capacity in the teaching profession to lead on their own development in the future; Estimated value: The Department is inviting bids for a 2 year contract up to a maximum value of £2m in 2014-15 and £1m in 2015-16 (please note that these figures will include any VAT that may be applicable). There will be an option for a further 3 years funding (2016-19) subject to ministerial agreement and budget availability.

 

Classification of the contract

80000000 Education and training services

 

Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 24 Months

 

Who to contact

Contact name rebecca.rylatt

Organisation name Department for Education

Address Standards Division, 2 St Pauls Place, 125 Norfolk Street, , Sheffield, S1, 2FJ

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How to apply

How organisations can obtain an Invitation to tender: Please email Rebecca Rylatt at rebecca.rylatt@education.gsi.gov.uk and copy in Stephen Stanton at stephen.stanton@education.gsi.gov.uk Any other info: This is a ‘Part B’ residual requirement, to be competed using the Open procurement route in line with Cabinet Office expectations. This means that bids will have to include responses to both ‘selection criteria’ based on evidence of past service delivery and ‘award criteria’ based on the department’s requirement and the supplier’s related solution. Please note that up to five bidders will be shortlisted based on the top scoring organisations against the ‘selection criteria’. This means that the department will only go on to look at the solutions put forward against the ‘award criteria’ for the shortlisted tenderers. The department will be particularly looking for organisations that have a strong record for the delivery of services that are related to the type of work areas covered by the requirement and of the educational context.

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