Education Governance Recruitment Service

Education Governance Recruitment Service

Going forward, we want to provide stability through multi-year funding through a contract covering four financial years, commencing on 1.9.2016 and ending 31.3.2020.

United Kingdom-Sheffield: Education and training services

2016/S 044-072057

Social and other specific services – public contracts

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Department for Education
Level 6, 2 St Paul’s Place
S1 2FJ
Contact person: Peter Sargeant
NUTS code: UKInternet address(es):Main address:
I.2)Joint procurement


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

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


Governance Recruitment Service.

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The Government is committed to delivering education excellence everywhere. We want every child to attend a good school to get the best start in life and enable them to reach their full potential regardless of their background. In an increasingly academised, school-led, self-improving system, robust school governance is crucial to complement growing school autonomy and the growth of multi-academy trusts. The Government’s vision and expectations for the governance of schools and MATs is set out in the Governance Handbook.

The Government has for many years funded support to governing boards to help them recruit the high calibre people they need to deliver effective governance.

Going forward, we want to provide stability through multi-year funding through a contract covering four financial years, commencing on 1.9.2016 and ending 31.3.2020, with the possibility of a further 1 year contract extension in 2020-21.

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: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The service will:

— Help boards recruit the highest calibre people possible.

— Support the maximum possible number of governing boards within available resources.

— Prioritise the boards most in need of finding skilled people and areas of the country where education standards and capacity to improve are weakest, whilst maintaining support to any school wishing to use the service.

— Provide effective screening, matching, and as far as possible training, to maximise the impact of the people introduced onto boards.

— Engage more employers to support governance through for example encouraging their staff to be involved in governance.

— Raise awareness across the system of how to structure and populate a highly skilled governing board.

— Establish a new national channel through which governing boards can recruit an experienced and skilled chair.

II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract or the framework agreement

Start: 01/09/2016
End: 31/03/2020

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

See Contracts Finder — for further information including how to obtain an ITT letter.

DfE estimate the contract value to be up to 710 000 GBP between 1.9.2016 and March 2017, and up to 1 000 000 GBP in each financial year to 2019-20, inclusive of all VAT. The contract will include break clauses at the end of each financial year and an option to extend for 1 more year.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation

III.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation

List and brief description of rules and criteria:

DfE intends to contract with either a supplier who proposes to offer the whole service (with or without subcontractors) or a consortium of suppliers who have joined together to offer the whole service. At the bidding stage a consortium must be either a legal entity or have a lead organisation which is authorised to act on behalf of its members with which DfE can contract. Suitably qualified Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) who consider that they have the necessary skills and experience to support the programme are encouraged to submit a bid.

The Department reserves the right to finalise payment mechanisms, based on the preferred supplier’s bid, as part of formalising the contract.

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)Form of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement
IV.1.10)Identification of the national rules applicable to the procedure:
IV.1.11)Main features of the award procedure:
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 / Time limit for receipt of expressions of interest

Date: 15/04/2016
Local time: 12:00

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


Section VI: Complementary information

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

On Thursday 17 March from 12:15 to 16:00, there will be a ‘Supplier Event’ held at:

Department for Education,

Sanctuary Buildings,

Great Smith Street,

London SW1P 3BT

This event will allow potential bidders to discuss requirements in more detail with the Department. To register your interest in attending, please with details of your organisation and the names and contact details of the attendees. Please note that owing to limited space available, a maximum of two representatives per organisation will be admitted. Please contact us to register your interest in bidding even if you are unable to attend the supplier event.

The scope of this contract may be extended following future, as yet unknown, developments which fall within the scope of the original contract aims, up to a further value of no more than 50 % of the original contract value without the need to tender. Any such changes would be agreed with the contractor.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

The address in 1 in the first instance.
Level 6, 2 St Paul’s Place
S1 2FJ
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: