Delivery of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Trainee Teachers

Delivery of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Trainee Teachers

Design and deliver of a post graduate certificate in education course for trainee teachers taking our QTS course which we will design and accredit through The Sheffield SCITT.

United Kingdom-Sheffield: Adult-education services at university level

2019/S 113-277770

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Notre Dame High School
Fulwood Road
S10 3BT
United Kingdom
Contact person: Keith Barna
Telephone: +44 1142302536
NUTS code: UKE32
Internet address(es):Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.2)Information about joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Other type: A company limited by guarantee

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Delivery of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Design and deliver of a post graduate certificate in education course for trainee teachers taking our QTS course which we will design and accredit through The Sheffield SCITT. The first cohort will start in September 2020 and the next cohort will start in September 2021. Each cohort will be approximately 75 trainees.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 285 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)


II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKE32
Main site or place of performance:

The trainees are based in and around Sheffield South Yorkshire. We would need to discuss the location of any face to face delivery with each bidder.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Sheffield SCITT (owned and operated by Notre Dame High School Sheffield) is an accrediting provider of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The Sheffield SCITT understands the importance of academic study, and therefore offers its Initial Teacher Training (ITT) students 60 masters credits as part of the course. The masters credits are assessed and delivered separately to the award of QTS and lead to a separate qualification.

The successful HEI will provide a PGCE programme (which must be validated as a University programme) to our trainee teachers for the academic Years 2020-21 and 2021-22.

Any restrictions as to minimum cohort size must be made clear on the proposal as an important consideration for us is the ability to offer a QTS route to help attract new entrants to the profession.

Specific requirements:


— The Sheffield SCITT staff must have access to course content for quality assurance purposes and in order to ensure that the PGCE complements our QTS training,

— course content must be designed so that it is appropriate for students in their ITT year,

— course content and materials must be high quality and be evidence-based.

Delivery and assessment:

— students must be fully enrolled at the HEI and have access to all resources required to complete the PGCE programme,

— the core course delivery must be closed to other students i.e. any face-face sessions must be run solely for ITT trainees from The Sheffield SCITT,

— course delivery can be face-to-face sessions and/or online tutorials and content. The number of face-to-face sessions must not exceed 8 per academic year,

— all face to face sessions are to be held either at the Lead School premises or on University premises. This can be negotiated once the format of the course has been finalised,

— the PGCE course and assessment should be designed to recognise as much as possible the Masters Level work that ITT trainees are already undertaking as part of their ITT,

— requirements for submission of written and assessed work must recognise workload demands on trainees.

Course structure:

— induction must take place during the first half of September to maximise the period of time that students have to complete the PGCE and to support workload demands,

— strong submissions will include flexibility as to when trainees complete aspects of the PGCE. This is to facilitate support for trainees who may need to defer all or part of their ITT year due to personal or health reasons.

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: 285 000.00 GBP

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

Start: 01/09/2020
End: 01/07/2022
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged number of candidates: 6
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

The candidates have to be Higher Education Institutes accredited to award a Post Graduate Certificate in education. In addition they have to be able to deliver this independantly of the delivery of QTS. Our prior research has established that there are only a small number of prospective candidates who are capable of doing this.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The candidates are invited to vary the method and duration of delivery. Delivery can be face to face, online or a blend of these methods. The number of face to face sessions must not exceed 8 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

List and brief description of conditions:

The candidates must be Higher Education Institutes accredited to award the Post Graduate Certificate in Education qualification.

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

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession
Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision:

The candidates must be Higher Education Institutes accredited to award the Post Graduate Certificate in Education qualification.

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

We are looking for a 95 % pass rate.

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.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted procedure
Accelerated procedure

We need to complete the selection process and award the contract before the end of July 2019 to prepare for recruitment of the first cohort from September 2019. As there are only a limited number of potential candidates we feel that it is justified to accelerate the 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 a single operator
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: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

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

Date: 14/06/2019
Local time: 09:00

IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

Date: 16/06/2019

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:


IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

We will be publishing again in January 2022.

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:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Notre Dame High School
Fulwood Road
S10 3BT
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1142302536
E-mail: address:
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: