External Marking National Curriculum Services for Key Stage 2 Tests from 2014

External Marking National Curriculum Services for Key Stage 2 Tests from 2014

Department for Education. 3.12.2012 – 1pm Tender to be submitted to DfE (STA)
December 2012/January 2013 Bidder presentations and site visits to be undertaken by DfE (STA).
January 2013 Governance sign-off of intention to award contract.

UK-Coventry: education and training services

2012/S 192-315883

Prior information notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Department for Education
Standards and Testing Agency, Floor 7, 53-55 BUTTS ROAD, Earlsdon Park
Contact point(s): Neil Morgan
CV1 3BH Coventry
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2476660048
E-mail: sta.2014nctmarking@education.gsi.gov.uk

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity

Education
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

External Marking National Curriculum Services for Key Stage 2 Tests from 2014.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 24: Education and vocational education services
NUTS code UK

II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:

This notice pertains to the award of a contract, or contracts, to cover three consecutive test cycles for the provision of marking services for National Curriculum Tests, with an option to extend for a further test cycle.
A test cycle incorporates all required activity in the mobilisation of services to recruit and manage markers, allowing for completion of marking of National Curriculum tests within a defined marking window.
In each cycle, around 560 000 children who have reached the end of Key Stage 2, participate in a range of National Curriculum Tests. The requirement is for provision of marking services for these tests.
We would expect the value of the work over three test cycles to be in the region of £50- £60 000 000 (increasing up to 70-80 000 000 GBP in the event that the one year extension is invoked).
Scheduled date for start of award procedures – The contract would be awarded in February 2013, allowing a period of mobilisation in advance of delivery for the 2014 test cycle.
The required service includes (but is not limited to):
— Creation of a marker model, defining hierarchy, allocation, etc,
— Recruitment, contracting and payment of c3,500 markers,
— Training of markers including event management,
— Quality assurance of marking standards,
— Management of markers throughout the marking window,
— Helpdesk and support for markers throughout the cycle,
— Management and transfer of data in relation to all elements of marking,
— Return of test scripts to schools; and,
— Management of marking reviews.
Key dates.
9.8.2012 Prior Information Notice (PIN) published
24.8.2012 Supplier engagement day held.
Between 29 August and 5.10.2012 Documentation relating to the requirement is available on the DfE Website.
After 5.10.2012 Contract will be advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).
3.12.2012 – 1pm Tender to be submitted to DfE (STA)
December 2012/January 2013 Bidder presentations and site visits to be undertaken by DfE (STA).
January 2013 Governance sign-off of intention to award contract.
Notification to bidders of intention to award contract.
February 2013 Contract(s) award(s) and signature and commencement of Phase 1 of mobilisation period.
Mid June 2013 Commencement of Phase 2 of mobilisation.
Mid February 2014 Completion of Phase 2 of mobilisation.
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80000000, 48190000, 72212190, 75121000

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.8)Additional information:

We would expect the value of the work over three test cycles (not including the potential one year extension) to be in the region of £50 000 000-£60 000 000.
Further documents which provide further details of the requirement can be found on the DfE website at http://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/policiesandprocedures/procurement.

The DfE is keen to ensure that potential suppliers have as much notice as is possible about the services to be contracted out. To this end, we will be publishing details of the requirement on the DfE website.
Disclaimers and conditions: No information contained on the DfE website, this notice or in any communication made between STA and any party in connection with this requirement, shall be relied upon as constituting a contract, agreement or representation that any contract will necessarily be offered.
STA reserves the right to change without notice any documents and communications, in whole or in part. Under no circumstances shall STA incur any liability in respect of this supporting documentation and STA will not reimburse any costs incurred by any parties in connection with their use of these communications nor in connection with participation at the Supplier Engagement Day held on 24th August 2012.
This is suitable for smaller suppliers provided that they have knowledge, track record and capacity to meet the Standard and Testing Agency’s quality standards.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:

GO Reference: GO-2012102-PRO-4289627.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework

VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:2.10.2012