A Level Grants Programme to Boost Maths and Physics Teacher Recruitment

A Level Grants Programme to Boost Maths and Physics Teacher Recruitment

On the 8.12.2014 the Prime Minister announced a five year commitment to fund a package of policies to address the shortfall in STEM teachers.

United Kingdom-Nottingham: Education and training services

2015/S 057-100266

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Department for Education, National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)
Learning and Conference Centre, Triumph Road
NG8 1DH Nottingham
E-mail: commercial.admin@education.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

Electronic access to information: http://REDIMO.nationalcollege.org.uk/selfservice

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: http://REDIMO.nationalcollege.org.uk/selfservice

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

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions

I.3)Main activity


I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract


II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

A Level Grants Programme to Boost Maths and Physics Teacher Recruitment.

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)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

It is a DfE priority to develop a great workforce with strong leadership. This programme specifically contributes to this priority by increasing the number of specialist maths and physics teachers in the classroom. On the 8.12.2014 the Prime Minister announced a five year commitment to fund a package of policies to address the shortfall in STEM teachers.
The A level Grants Programme is part of the wider package of initiatives and will be a prestigious new scheme to encourage high quality A level students to select maths and physics related degrees and go into teaching, at a time when we can influence both their choice of degree and career. We will be looking for students with a clear commitment to teaching and a strong academic record in their chosen subject.
In return students will receive financial support while studying toward their undergraduate maths or physics related degree, gain school experience and begin their training while still at university. Students are then guaranteed a place on on-the-job teacher training, subject to completing their studies and meeting the entry requirements for Initial Teacher Training (ITT). No other route into teaching offers financial support and the chance to earn a salary in their training year.
This programme presents an opportunity to engage with and recruit high quality A level maths and physics students, to develop them into outstanding teachers who will be retained in the profession and will have a positive impact on children and young people.
To deliver the high quality programme by the proposed options, it is necessary to combine outstanding recruitment, development of additional undergraduate level training with the very best of the expertise in the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) sector. The programme is also aligned to other teacher training routes in terms of selection and recruitment to ensure parity.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 12 000 000 and 14 000 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 108 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

28.4.2015 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

VI.3)Additional information

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Registering on REDIMO.
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VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

To the address in 1 in the first instance

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Contracting Authority will incorporate a minimum ten calendar day (when using electronic means) standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the decision to award a contract before a contract is executed/signed (as appropriate) in accordance with Public Contracts Regulations.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: