Department for Education Register of External Experts 2019

Department for Education Register of External Experts 2019

To provide advice to the DfE when the DfE’s need for advice arises (External Experts).¬†

Contract summary


  • Education and training services – 80000000

Location of contract

North East, North West, Yorkshire and The Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, London, South East, South West

Value of contract


Published date

21 February 2019

Closing date

14 March 2019

Contract start date

01 May 2019

Contract end date

28 February 2023

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The Secretary of State for Education (Contracting Authority) acting through the Department for Education (DfE) is inviting bids from individuals and organisations to create a register (the Register of External Experts or RoEE) of individuals who have expertise and experience at a senior level in the education sector to provide advice to the DfE when the DfE’s need for advice arises (External Experts).

Bidders are invited to bid against a series of six broad areas or ‘categories’. Within those categories, individuals will be invited to confirm their ability to provide advice in a number of expertise/experience areas. Individuals will be expected to meet minimum mandatory requirements, and meet minimum thresholds of expertise/experience to be appointed to the RoEE.
The categories are as follows:
1. Safeguarding
2. Counter Extremism
3. Free Schools
4. University Technical Colleges
5. Curriculum
6. General Educationalist
When allocating places on the RoEE, the DfE will aim to ensure that specialist categories (being the higher categories on the above list) are adequately covered, whilst encouraging applications from those with a broad range of experience and expertise across the eight Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) areas in England.

The DfE intend to initially award the RoEE to a maximum of 200 External Experts. Following the initial award of the RoEE, the DfE will review the coverage of the experience/expertise and/or regions. If the DfE finds experience/expertise and/or regions without adequate coverage, then it will re-open the RoEE to allow new applicants and previous applicants not appointed to the RoEE for those experience/expertise and/or regions to apply for a place on the RoEE in respect of those gaps. The DfE reserves the right to increase the total number External Experts appointed to the RoEE during any re-openings as required to ensure adequate coverage of all of the experience/expertise and/or regions requirements identified. Notification of a re-opening opportunity will be by way of an advert issued in Contracts Finder only ( The advert will confirm the experience/expertise and/or Regions being sought.

Appointment to the RoEE does not guarantee the award of any work. Appointment to the RoEE allows External Experts to bid for specific work opportunities made available by the DfE.

This procurement is being conducted in accordance with Regulations 74 to 77 of the Public Contract Regulations 2015, which applies to contracts such as those for education and training services. . The procurement process has been developed in accordance with Regulations 74 to 77 of the Public Contract Regulations 2015.

The Framework will be for a 4 year period commencing 01/03/2019 until 28/02/2023 with no further optional extensions


About the buyer

Contact name

Secretary of State for Education


Sanctuary Buildings, 20 Great Smith Street





Other information


Register of External Experts

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How to apply

Please apply directly to the buyer using the contact details provided, or follow the instructions given in the notice description or information section.