High Potential Initial Teacher Training and Leadership Development Programme

High Potential Initial Teacher Training and Leadership Development Programme

Department for Education: provision of the high potential initial teacher training and leadership development programme.

United Kingdom-London: Education and training services

2020/S 025-058092

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Department for Education on behalf of itself and the Secretary of State for Education
Postal address: Sanctuary Buildings, 20, Great Smith Street
Town: London
NUTS code: UK
Postal code: SW1P 3BT
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: highpotential.ITT@education.gov.uk
Internet address(es):Main address: www.gov.uk/dfe

Address of the buyer profile: www.education.app.jaggaer.com

I.2)Information about joint procurement


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


High Potential Initial Teacher Training and Leadership Development Programme

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The Secretary of State for Education via Department for Education (the Authority) is undertaking a procurement to appoint a contractor for a single national (England) contract (the ‘Contract’), for the provision of the high potential initial teacher training and leadership development programme (‘the Programme’).

The term of the Contract shall commence on or around 2.6.2020 and expire on 31.10.2023, subject to earlier termination in accordance with the provisions of the Contract.

The Contract will require recruitment of and delivery of teacher training to 1 cohort of 1 750 high-quality graduates/career changers who will start their training in September 2021 and complete their training in July 2023 (the ‘2021 Cohort’).

The Contractor will commence the recruitment of the 2021 Cohort on or before 31.10.2019.

The Authority anticipates that Contract exit activity for the 2021 Cohort will take place during August-October 2023.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 35 000 000.00 GBP

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
Main site or place of performance:


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Authority is seeking to appoint a contractor to deliver a single national contract for the provision of the high potential initial teacher training and leadership development programme.

The Programme is intended to attract high-quality graduates and career changers who might not otherwise have considered teaching or working in disadvantaged schools into teaching and place them in schools serving low income communities with high numbers of disadvantaged and low attaining pupils (‘Eligible Schools ’). Programme participants will be employed to fill vacancies, undertake employment-based initial teacher training (ITT) and contribute to the Eligible Schools’ overall improvement.

The Programme should also prepare, support and inspire participants to consider the range of career progression pathways in education and promote the longer-term benefits of teaching.

The Authority is looking for a contractor that optimises SME participation and will bring innovation and creativity to the delivery of the Programme and ultimately deliver high-quality teachers and emerging leaders who can make a positive impact on the educational outcomes of disadvantaged pupils. The Programme includes but is not limited to the following main elements:

— promoting the Programme nationally, attracting applications from high-quality graduates and career changers with potential to be highly skilled teachers and influential classroom leaders,

— managing the selection process to ensure those entering the Programme have the suitability to train to teach and to develop the skills, behaviours and resilience to succeed as teachers,

— securing and managing sufficient training and employment placements to support a target of 1 750 participants across England and across a single cohort, starting their training in September 2021,

— training participants to be highly skilled teachers and emerging leaders for primary and secondary schools and early years settings throughout England to fill teacher vacancies and to help close the attainment gap between deprived pupils and their peers,

— deliver a national Programme such that participants will:

—— be placed within schools that serve low-income communities with high numbers of disadvantaged and low attaining pupils, where they will contribute to closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers;

—— work as unqualified teachers in year 1 while undertaking high-quality ITT leading to qualified teacher status (QTS) and then as newly qualified teachers;

—— complete a leadership development Programme in addition to their ITT that trains and supports participants to become excellent practitioners and effective teachers and prepares them for a range of career progression pathways in education including school leadership;

—— work in partnership with Eligible Schools across England to provide high-quality employment placements, initial teacher training and mentoring support to participants.

As set out in Section II.1.4) the Authority expects to award the Contract in June 2020 to cover the recruitment and training of the 2021 Cohort and the relevant exit activities to have completed by October 2023.

The estimated Contract value for the term is anticipated to be thirty-five million pounds (35 000 000 GBP) (excluding VAT)

Interested organisations are referred to the procurement documents for further information on the description of the procurement, the Contract and the Authority’s needs and requirements.

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

Value excluding VAT: 35 000 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 41
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
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

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
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:

As set out in the procurement documents.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of 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 207-504777

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

Date: 09/03/2020
Local time: 10:00
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

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 09/03/2020
Local time: 10:00

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:

1) The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 apply to this procurement (the ‘Regulations’). The Authority is using the open procedure in accordance with Regulation 27 of the Regulations. Services of the nature of those covered by this procurement are designated as ‘Schedule 3’ services (the Social and Other Specific Services) under the Regulations and as such are not subject to the full requirements of the Regulations. The Authority is only bound by the application of the Regulations to the extent that they are applicable to Schedule 3 services. The procurement is covered by Regulations 74 to 76 (the light touch regime);

2) Interested organisations should note that the provisions of EU Council Directive 2001/23/EC March 2001 (TUPE) may apply on award of this contract. Further information is available at Section 1 — Tendering instructions of the procurement documents however, interested organisations should seek their own advice in relation to the application of TUPE. The Authority offers no assurance in respect of the operation, effect or impact of TUPE on the contract,

3) The Authority will be holding an information presentation for interested organisations on 12.2.2020. Interested organisations must register for their attendance at this event through the Jaggaer portal as set out in Section 1 — Tendering instructions of the procurement documents;

4) Interested economic operators (Applicants) are required to register on the Authority’s eTendering portal. Applicants can access this system at https://education.app.jaggaer.com where the details of how to register and the terms of free registration are provided;

5) Applicants are referred to the procurement documents accompanying this OJEU contract notice for additional information on this procurement and in relation to this OJEU contract notice;

6) The Authority reserves the right to withdraw from or discontinue the procurement process, which shall include the right to not award as a result of this call for competition;

7) Tenders and all supporting documentation for the contracts must be in English and priced in sterling;

8) HM Government requires that contracts awarded by Government Departments with a value exceeding 10 000 GBP are published online (http://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder). The Authority may use its discretion to redact information to protect key commercial interests or on prescribed grounds (see procurement documents);

9) The Authority will not be liable for any bid costs, expenditure, work or effort incurred by an Applicant in proceeding or participating in this procurement, including if the procurement process is terminated or amended by the Authority.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: High Court
Postal address: Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand
Town: London
Postal code: WC2A 2LL
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

The Authority will incorporate a voluntary minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the Contract is communicated to tenderers. Applicants who are unsuccessful shall be informed by the Authority as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why the Applicant was unsuccessful. If any clarification regarding the award of the Contract has not been successfully resolved, The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No 102) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take legal action.

Any such action must be brought within the applicable limitation period. Where a Contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the Authority to amend any document and may award damages.

If a Contract has been entered into the Court may, depending on the circumstances, award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order the Authority to pay a fine and/or order that the duration of the Contract be shortened. The purpose of the voluntary standstill period referred to above is to allow the parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the Contract is entered into.

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: