Department for Education Level 3 Mathematics Support Programme

Department for Education Level 3 Mathematics Support Programme

The programme will improve the quality and capacity of mathematics provision post-16.

United Kingdom-London: Education and training services

2017/S 173-354461

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Department for Education
Maths Implementation, Curriculum Implementation Unit, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, Westminster
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 8450194170
Fax: +44 2476823675
NUTS code: UKJ
Internet address(es):Main address:

I.2)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 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


Level 3 Mathematics Support Programme.

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The government is committed to improving standards in mathematics to match those in the best education systems in the world. Mathematics is central to improving productivity and increasing social mobility. Securing a good mastery of the subject is important to young people’s opportunities for further study and training and for future employment. As well as equipping young people with the knowledge and skills demanded in manufacturing, construction and engineering, mathematics provides young people with the ability to research and analyse issues using evidence, and to think critically and logically.

The programme will improve the quality and capacity of mathematics provision post-16, through high quality professional development, support and resources for teachers to teach AS/A level mathematics, further mathematics and Core Maths.

The programme will ensure that students in all 16-19 state funded schools and colleges can access AS/A level further mathematics provision.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 16 000 000.00 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: UKJ

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

This procurement will be subject to the Light Touch Regime of the Public Contract Regulations 2015. Full procurement documentation is available from as shown in Section 1 para 1.3.

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: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The Department reserves the right to extend this contract for up to a further 24 months.

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

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

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

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

Date: 20/10/2017
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

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 20/10/2017
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

VI.3)Additional information:

The most recent results from the OECD’s 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study report that there has been no significant improvement in numeracy for 15 years old in England over the last decade. In 2015, the UK was ranked 27 out of 70 countries for mathematics performance while south-east Asian jurisdictions such as Singapore and Shanghai continue to top the rankings.

The government has introduced significant reforms with the aim of raising standards and restoring rigour to qualifications and the curriculum. New A levels are currently being introduced, with teaching of these new A levels in mathematics and further mathematics starting in September 2017.

The government has recently published Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s independent review of post-16 mathematics, which made a strong case for the value of mathematics to all students. He has made a series of recommendations for improving the quality of provision, including the provision of government funding to support level 3 mathematics. The purpose of the Level 3 Mathematics Support programme is to improve and increase participation and attainment in level 3 mathematics through targeted support to those students, teachers, schools and colleges who need it the most.

The programme will scale up Core Maths provision, to increase the number of students in 16-19 state funded schools and colleges studying the qualification.

Working directly with schools and colleges, the programme will stimulate student demand for level 3 mathematics qualifications to increase the number of students, particularly girls, studying mathematics post-16.

The programme will focus on Opportunity Areas (OAs) and areas of low level 3 mathematics participation to improve and increase the number of students studying mathematics post-16 to support social mobility.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

High Court
Royal Courts of Justice, the Strand
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

The Contracting Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contracts is communicated to Suppliers. Suppliers who are unsuccessful shall be informed by the Contracting Authority as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why they were unsuccessful. 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 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 Contracting Authority 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 Contracting Authority to pay a fine, and/or order that the duration of the contract be 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.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: