Welsh Government Reading and Numeracy Tests Framework

Welsh Government Reading and Numeracy Tests Framework

Framework agreement for the provision of paper based and online reading and numeracy tests.

United Kingdom-Cardiff: Primary education services

2016/S 184-329976

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Welsh Government
Corporate Procurement Services, Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3000603300
E-mail: CPSProcurementAdvice@wales.gsi.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKL

I.2)Joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk/
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk/

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

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Framework agreement for the provision of paper based and online reading and numeracy tests.

Reference number: C282/2015/16

II.1.2)Main CPV code

80100000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The provision of a full set of paper English and Welsh Reading and Numeracy (procedural and reasoning) tests for use in April/May 2018; Reading and Numeracy (reasoning) tests for use in April/May 2019; and numeracy (reasoning) tests only for use in April/May 2020.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 17 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Paper based reading and numeracy (procedural and reasoning) tests in English and Welsh year 2 through to year 9

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

80100000
80200000
72212190
48190000
80000000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKL

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Online Adaptive Reading and Numeracy tests will replace the current Wales National Tests and will be phased in from the 2018/19 academic year, starting with numeracy (procedural), and continuing with English and Welsh reading in 2019/20, and numeracy (reasoning) in 2020/21.

To cover the interim period, we wish to procure a full set of paper English and Welsh Reading and Numeracy (procedural and reasoning) tests for use in April/May 2018; Reading and Numeracy (reasoning) tests for use in April/May 2019; and numeracy (reasoning) tests only for use in April/May 2020.

The current National Tests are paper-based tests sat by all learners in years 2-9 in maintained schools in Wales. They are based on the expectation statements set out in the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF). The new tests need to be compatible with previous years’ tests in terms of design and content, to ensure consistency for learners and continuity of data runs and reporting for schools and parents before the move to online tests takes place.

The contractor will be responsible for the development and trialling of the tests; organisation of design, printing and delivery arrangements; establishing a bilingual test ordering system for schools, including a helpdesk; direct liaison with a modified test agency; and analysis of raw scores from the tests and production of look-up tables based on the analysis.

This notice will be published bilingually and potential suppliers will have the opportunity to submit their tender response in either Welsh or in English. National bilingual notice reference:

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: 5 000 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Option to extend for up to a further two years.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Online adaptive reading and numeracy (reasoning and procedural) tests in English and Welsh year 2 through to year 9

Lot No: 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

80100000
80200000
80000000
48190000
72212190

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKL

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Welsh Government is keen to put in place tests which provide part of the rich evidence needed to inform learners’ next steps. We believe this is best achieved through online adaptive tests because of the greater accessibility and personalisation they offer and because of the immediate and enhanced feedback they provide.

Based on recommended development time, we aim to introduce national online adaptive tests from the 2018/19 school year as part of a phased implementation programme. The first test to be introduced will be the Numeracy (Procedural) test; the second in 2019/20 will be English and Welsh Reading tests; and the third in 2020/21 will be the Numeracy (Reasoning) test.

The tests will be based on the expectation statements set out in the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF). They will be integrated with the Welsh Government HWB/HWB+ (http://hwb.wales.gov.uk/) and delivered via this interface. They must also be compatible with in-schools recording/Management Information Systems (MIS).

Because of the nature of the data the contractor will hold, they will implement stringent security arrangements, be at least AA compliant and meet government standards for accessibility and usability.

This notice will be published bilingually and potential suppliers will have the opportunity to submit their tender response in either Welsh or in English. National bilingual notice reference:

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: 12 000 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Option to extend for up to a further two years.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
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:

Stated in the invitation tender documentation.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing 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

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 2
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: 2016/S 014-020357

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

Date: 24/10/2016
Local time: 16:00
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, Welsh
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 25/10/2016
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

Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)Additional information:

Please note that any extension periods will be in addition to the value published in this notice and will be let in line with the rates provided by the successful bidder/s.

E-Tender Information:

https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk

— The first person from your Organisation to use the Platform will be required to register on behalf of the Organisation.

— Registration involves accepting a User Agreement, and providing basic information about your Organisation and about the User performing the Registration.

— The User who performs the Registration becomes the Super User for the Organisation.

— On registering on the Platform the Super User will select a Username and will receive a password.

— The Password will be sent by e-mail to the email address that was specified in the User Details section of the Registration page.

— In order to log-in to the Platform please enter your Username and Password.

— Note: If you forget your Password then visit the homepage and click ‘Forgot your password?’

— Registration should only be performed once for each Organisation.

— If you think that someone in your Organisation may have already registered on this Platform then you must not register again.

— Please contact the person who Registered (i.e. the Super User) in order to arrange access to the Platform.

— Contact the Helpdesk immediately if you are unable to contact the Super User (for example if they have left your Organisation).

— Note: If your Organisation is already registered on the Platform then you must not make any additional registration. Please contact the Helpdesk to gain access to the Platform.

— Tenders must be uploaded to the BravoSolution portal by 14:00.

How to find the ITT:

— Once logged in you must click on ‘ITT’s Open to all Suppliers’

— The etender references for this contract are: Project_34221 and ITT_56840 (English language) or ITT_56841 (Welsh language)

— Click on the title to access summary details of the contract. If you are still interested in submitting a tender, click the ‘Express an Interest button’. This will move the ITT from the ‘Open to all Suppliers’ area to the ‘My ITT’s’ on the home page.

— You will then see the full details of the ITT in the qualification and technical envelopes along with any relevant documents in the ‘Attachments’ area.

— Should you have any questions on the ITT, please use the ‘Messages’ area to contact the buyer directly — Please do not contact the named person at the top of this notice.

This notice relates to a bilingual National notice:Sell2wales reference:52090

Note: the authority is using eTenderwales to carry out this procurement process. To obtain further information record your interest on Sell2Wales athttp://www.sell2wales.gov.wales/search/search_switch.aspx?ID=46291

Under the terms of this contract the successful supplier(s) will be required to deliver Community Benefits in support of the authority’s economic and social objectives. Accordingly, contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social and environmental considerations. The Community Benefits included in this contract are:

Information provided in tender documentation.

(WA Ref:46291).

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Welsh Government
Corporate Procurement Services, Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3000603300Internet address:http://wales.gov.uk/?skip=1&lang=en
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:

21/09/2016

 

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