Delivery of National Leaders of Education Reform for Department for Education

Delivery of National Leaders of Education Reform for Department for Education

The Department for Education is seeking to appoint a suitably experienced single contractor to support the delivery of the National Leaders of Education reforms.

United Kingdom-London: Education and training services

2020/S 194-470528

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Department for Education
Postal address: Sanctuary Buildings, 20, Great Smith Street
Town: London
Postal code: SW1P 3BT
Country: United Kingdom
Internet address(es):
Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body


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 electronically via:
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

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


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


National Leaders of Education Reform


II.1.2)Main CPV code

80000000 Education and training services

II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The Department for Education (DfE) is seeking to appoint a suitably experienced single contractor to support the delivery of the National Leaders of Education (NLE) reforms. The contractor can be either one organisation, or a group of economic operators. In accordance to the public contract regulations Open Procedure DfE has published this contract notice, which is a call for competition, post the publication of a PIN that has already run for 35 days (which included the intended ITT documents). This contract notice has been shortened to run for a duration of 15 days, up to the tender submission deadline. The market engagement documents are available. These are included in the ITT within the DFE Jaggaer system. Interested parties will need to register via Jaggaer to access the documents.


II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 2 500 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79630000 Personnel services except placement and supply services
79635000 Assessment centre services for recruitment
80500000 Training services
80530000 Vocational training services
80570000 Personal development training services

II.2.3)Place of performance


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:


DfE is seeking to appoint a suitably experienced single contractor to:

1) Identify, recruit, assess and make recommendations to the DfE on the provisional accreditation of NLEs, using the NLE standards to make those judgements; and

2) Design and deliver a development programme for provisionally-accredited NLEs, using an NLE curriculum framework provided by the DfE.

The potential contractor will deliver the assessment and training of NLEs over 3 years beginning in academic year 2020 to 2021; the potential contractor will be required to accredit and train at least 450 NLEs ready for deployment by the end of September 2021; and at least a further 100 by the end of September 2022.

The potential contractor will be required to deliver, the NLE assessment and training programme on behalf of the DfE.

In summary, there are 4 core functions:

1) Identifying and recruiting applicants;

2) Assessing applicants;

3) Moderation of assessment outcomes; and

4) Training, including follow-on CPD and peer-to-peer support.

The potential contractor must have national reach, either by consortiums, building partnerships or using existing regional infrastructure; and be able to target recruitment towards the needs of schools in most need of support. This will be an evolving picture as per the contract’s requirements, the potential contractor’s strategy will also need to be adaptable, for example in terms of place, phase or type of school needing support. The potential contractor must nominate a strategic lead to have oversight of the programme. The purpose of this role is to bring senior, credible, educational leadership to the programme. During the lifetime of the contract, the training curriculum will change.


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

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

Duration in months: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Contract may be extended by 12 months, twice, conditional on political will to continue to persue the issue, budget availability and good performance of the contractor.


II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no

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:

As set out in the ITT documentation.


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.2)Conditions related to the contract

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

As set out in the ITT documentation.


Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
Accelerated procedure

Preceded by a PIN without call for competition which has run for 35 days and included the intended ITT documentation.


IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

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: 2020/S 168-408192

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

Date: 16/10/2020
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:


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

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 16/10/2020
Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.3)Additional information:


Once the ITT has closed, applications will undergo an initial desktop assessment based on the criteria and weighting set out in the prospectus and application pack, following which there will be a moderation of those results before final award and mobilisation.

The DfE will administer the procurement processes electronically via the DfE e-Tendering Portal: Jaggaer. No hard copy documents will be issued and all communications with DfE (including final submission of tenders)

Will be conducted via the Jaggaer Portal. Bidders who are not already registered on the portal can register here:

When registered and signed in to Jaggaer you will need to express an interest in the opportunity to be able to access all relevant documentation including the application pack. For any assistance required in registering bidders should contact the Jaggaer helpdesk:

DfE confirm that the initial contract period for this procurement is 3 years and the total budget available for the first 3 years is GBP 1.7 million. DfE reserve the right to extend the contract up to twice, each time for a single year duration, subject to the following conditions:

1) Satisfactory performance of the contractor to date (judgement to be solely at the discretion of the DfE);

2) Availability of the budget; and

3) Policy commitment to continue the initiative.

If the contract runs for a total of 5 years, then a total budget of GBP 2.5 million will be available.


VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: High Court
Postal address: Royal Court of Justices, The Strand
Town: London
Country: United Kingdom

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

The DfE will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar days standstill period at the point that information on the award of the contracts is communicated to suppliers. Unsuccessful suppliers shall be informed by the contracting authority as soon as possible after the decision has been made. If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not been successfully resolved, The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No 102) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by the breach of the rules to take legal action. Any such action must be brought within the applicable limitation period. Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the DfE to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the Court may, depending on the circumstances, award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order the DfE to pay a fine, and/or order that the duration of the contract is shortened. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow the parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.


VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: