Department for Education Multi-Lot Tender for School Resource Management Advisers, Accreditation and Chief Financial Officer Mentoring
SRMAs are sector experts, such as practising school business professionals or head teachers with specific expert knowledge in resource management.
Multi Lot: School Resource Management Advisers, Accreditation and Chief Financial Officer Mentoring procurements
Department for Education
- Education and training services – 80000000
Location of contract
Value of contract
£132,000 to £6,700,000
26 March 2021
3 May 2021
Contract start date
1 July 2021
Contract end date
30 June 2024
Open procedure (OJEU)
Contract is suitable for SMEs?
Contract is suitable for VCSEs?
School Resource Management Advisers Programme
Since 2017 ESFA has developed the role of School Resource Management Advisers (SRMAs) to provide direct support to academy trusts and local authorities to help them identify opportunities to improve their approach to resource management. This is part of ESFA’s overarching objective to help improve outcomes for pupils by schools getting the best value from their resources.
SRMAs are sector experts, such as practising school business professionals or head teachers with specific expert knowledge in resource management. Each SRMA has to go through an accreditation process to ensure they have the appropriate skills and knowledge to carry out the role. ESFA currently has contracts in place for the accreditation and supply of SRMAs through to August 2021.
Due to the success of the programme to date, we are looking to ensure the continued supply of SRMAs though to August 2024. ESFA wishes to contract with up to four organisations for the supply of a minimum of 50 Accredited Persons, to deliver a total of 200 Accredited Persons across the framework per year over the next three years. This will involve both the continued supply of SRMAs already accredited and the recruitment and training of new SRMAs to support the programme. The contracts will commence in September 2021 once the current contracts have ended.
The second procurement opportunity seeks one organisation to develop and deliver a consistent induction service and a robust accreditation process for all SRMA candidates that are sourced by the sourcing supplier(s). This will build on the process already developed with the current contractor and will also involve the development of a new training element for SRMA candidates. This contract will also commence on 1 July 2021.
Chief Finance Officer Mentoring Pilot
In addition to the above, we now wish to complement this programme with a Chief Finance Officer (CFO) mentoring pilot by providing longer term support to academy trust CFOs working in some of the most challenging situations; those in trusts in intervention or with some financial difficulties, those in trusts that are growing and those that are new to the sector. The duration for this contract will be 14 months, from 1 July 2021 to 31 August 2022.
ESFA will work with a Supplier who will identify, recruit, screen, induct and manage a minimum of 50 individuals (mentors) to fulfil the CFO mentoring programme. The supplier will oversee the mentoring process, ensuring the relationships are on target and will work with ESFA to unblock any issues. The Supplier will also lead on developing an evaluation for the pilot, working closely with ESFA to agree the best way to do this.
By providing sustained support, a CFO mentoring programme can play a key role in building capacity and capability for effective financial management within the academies sector.
- Tender Notice
- Link to Jaggaer
- Additional text
- This procurement is split into 3 lots.
Lot 1 – Chief Finance Officer Mentoring Pilot
Lot 2 – Supply of SRMAs
Lot 3 – Accreditation of SRMAs
Lot 1 will be a 14 month contract with a budget of £132k
Lots 2 and 3 are 3 year contracts with a combined budget of £6.7m
The Authority will be administering the procurement process electronically via Jaggaer, the Authority e-Procurement Solution (e-PS) portal.
No hard copy documents will be issued and all communications with the Authority (including submission of Tenders) must be conducted via Jaggaer.
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