Future Leaders Programme for Directors of Children’s Service

Future Leaders Programme for Directors of Children’s Service

In summer 2018, we announced plans to establish a system leadership programme for future and newly appointed Directors of Children’s Services.United Kingdom-London: Education and training services

2019/S 231-566718

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Department for Education
Postal address: Sanctuary Buildings, 20, Great Smith Street
Town: London
NUTS code: UK
Postal code: SW1P 3BT
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: Samantha.LEE@education.gov.ukInternet address(es):Main address: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education

I.2)Information about joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://education.app.jaggaer.com/web/login.html
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://education.app.jaggaer.com/web/login.html
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



II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The Future Leaders Programme for Directors of Children’s Services forms part of the overall drive to ensure the highest quality children’s services and builds on our existing programmes to support the development of those working within children’s social care. The supplier will develop and deliver a programme which will attract and equip those aspiring to DCS posts and newly appointed DCSs with the skills, capacities and resilience to be strong system leaders.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

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:

In summer 2018, we announced plans to establish a system leadership programme for future and newly appointed Directors of Children’s Services (DCSs). The DfE will be seeking proposals from organisations or consortia to develop, deliver and manage a programme which:

— attracts diverse participants with strong potential to progress to DCS roles and equips them with the core behaviours, skills and capacities necessary to do so, and

— supports newly appointed DCSs to develop and embed the behaviours, skills and capacities to become strong system leaders.

The contract for the Future Leaders Programme for DCSs presents an exciting opportunity to input into DfE’s workforce strategy and to design, develop and deliver a national leadership programme for those aspiring to and newly appointed into DCS roles and positions. The programme will attract and nurture talented leaders, so that they have the behaviours, skills and capacities to become successful system leaders across the breadth of the DCS role.

DCSs have a professional responsibility for the leadership, strategy and effectiveness of local authority children’s services and are accountable for securing the provision of services which address the needs of all children and young people, including the most disadvantaged and vulnerable and their families and carers. DCSs have a critical ‘system leader’ role for children and families – operating as the interface between practice, corporate and political leadership over a wide range of local authority services for children and young people. They are required to work collaboratively and create and lead effective partnerships in order to ensure the best and safe outcome for each service user.

We are looking for a supplier that will: engage with and respond proactively to the DfE’s requirements and developing policy, liaise with a range of stakeholders and deliver training and support based on evidence and user research to explore and address these challenges.

The contract is expected to begin in early 2020 and will run for an initial term of 3 years (to 31.3.2023) with a clear break clause in March 2021. The approximate budget is up to 3 200 000 GBP (incl. VAT) in the initial contract period, which shall run from March 2020 to March 2023. Funding is currently committed to 2020-2021 only.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Start: 16/03/2020
End: 31/03/2022
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The contract is envisaged to be for an initial period of 3 years with possible options to extend for a further period of up to 1 year.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The contract is envisaged to be for an initial period of 3 years with possible options to extend for a further period of up to 1 year.

II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

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

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
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

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2019/S 138-339954

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 27/01/2020
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

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

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 27/01/2020
Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Department for Education
Town: London
Country: United Kingdom
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: