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

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

Supplier Engagement Day to be held. The Day will provide the opportunity for all to input to the specification in an open and safe environment which will encourage innovative thinking based on outcomes rather than inputs. Department for Education. Contract value:£45,000,000 – £50,000,000.

Reference number: STA 1

Deadline date:17/09/2012

This deadline is for… Start of the procurement process

Contract value:£45,000,000 – £50,000,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: England

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: Department for Education


Description of the contract

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 (not including the potential one year extension) to be in the region of £50,000,000. 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 Date Event 9 August 2012 Prior Information Notice (PIN) published 24 August 2012 Supplier Engagement Day to be held. The Day will provide the opportunity for all to input to the specification in an open and safe environment which will encourage innovative thinking based on outcomes rather than inputs. Enable dialogue with potential suppliers to capture innovative ideas, ask and answer questions. Between 24 August and 17 September 2012 More detailed technical documentation relating to the requirement will be publicised on the DfE Website for access by potential suppliers to ensure that we give as much information to the market as possible in order that it can respond to the call for tenders efficiently and effectively. After 17 September 2012 Contract will be advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) Mid December 2012 Tender to be submitted to DfE Late January 2013 Bidder presentations and site visits to be undertaken by DfE February 2013 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 Documents 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.



Classification of the contract

72212190 Educational software development services

80000000 Education and training services

75121000 Administrative educational services

48190000 Educational software package


Additional information


Who to contact

Contact name Neil Morgan

Organisation name Department for Education

Address Standards and Testing Agency, Floor 7, 53-55 BUTTS ROAD, Earlsdon Park , Coventry, CV1 3BH

Telephone : 02476660048

Extension number:


Web address


How to apply

As outlined in the plan above, the Department is planning to hold a one day Supplier Engagement Day in order to engage with potential suppliers of the services subject to tender. This event is to take place in Coventry on the 24th August 2012. If you are supplier interested in attending please send an email expressing your interest in attending and providing your contact details to sta.2014nctmarking@education.gsi.gov.uk along with a brief overview of your organisation and specific interest in this requirement by close of play 15th August at noon. Suppliers are also encouraged to respond to the ‘Themes’ that have been posted on the Solutions Exchange site with effect from 8 August. These are specific questions regarding the requirement on which supplier views are being sought in order to ensure we gear our requirement to deliver the services to best effect, while ensuring the most economically advantageous commercial relationships for all parties. For details please refer to the Solutions Exchange website which can be found at: http://www.solutions-exchange.procurement.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/Page/welcomehome