High Potential Senior Leaders Programme – Department for Education

High Potential Senior Leaders Programme – Department for Education

providing an accelerated development route for senior leaders into headteacher posts in schools and areas (within two to three years of starting the programme) where they can make the most difference.

United Kingdom-Manchester: Education and training services

2016/S 195-351454

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Department for Education, National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)
Piccadilly Gate, Store Street
M1 2WD
United Kingdom
Contact person: Laurie Bailey
E-mail: Commercial.contactpoint@education.co.uk
NUTS code: UKD3
I.2)Joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://supplierlive.proactisp2p.com/Account/Login/?cid=DFE
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://supplierlive.proactisp2p.com/Account/Login/?cid=DFE
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 Senior Leaders Programme.

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), an executive agency of the DfE, is seeking 1 national provider (or consortium) to deliver a new ‘High Potential Senior Leaders’ programme, providing an accelerated development route for senior leaders into headteacher posts in schools and areas (within two to three years of starting the programme) where they can make the most difference.

A minimum of 400 participants is required across four cohorts, starting in September 2017, September 2018, September 2019 and September 2020. The contract will be awarded in January 2017 for immediate commencement to guarantee delivery of the first cohort in September 2017.

Delivery requirements include: selection and assessment of suitable candidates; design and delivery of a programme, up to two years in length, informed by international evidence and the needs of an academised system; and quality assurance and tracking processes to maximise the impact of the programme in challenging schools.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 8 300 000.00 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:

England only.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Department for Education’s (DfE) vision is for a school-led system that helps drive social mobility (Social Mobility Definition: The extent to which a child’s socio-economic circumstances at birth determines their own socio-economic status in adulthood (including their income, education and employment) ensuring that every child and young person can achieve their best regardless of location, prior attainment and background. Good and outstanding leadership is essential to improving the quality of teaching in schools and to improving pupil outcomes. Effective school leadership has a profound impact on the quality of education a child receives. Research from the United States indicates that highly effective headteachers raise the achievement of a typical student in their schools by the equivalent of between two and seven months of learning in a single school year (Measuring the impact of effective principals,http://hanushek.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/publications/Branch%2BHanushek%2BRivkin%202013%20EdNext%2013%281%29_0.pdf).

A more autonomous school system is even more reliant on great educational leaders to achieve educational excellence everywhere and, in particular, in challenging schools and areas. These areas are where strong leaders are needed the most, especially in schools with poor results, high levels of deprivation, or in parts of the country where it is hard to recruit. Overall, 18 % of secondary schools and 11 % of primaries are not rated good or outstanding for leadership and management by Ofsted (as at March 2016 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/maintained-schools-and-academies-inspections-and-outcomes-as-at-31-march-2016). This position varies significantly according to region, and addressing this is vital if the school-led system is to deliver excellence everywhere.

The DfE has funded a High Potential Senior Leaders (HPSL) Programme since 2006 as a targeted intervention which aims to improve the leadership of England’s challenging schools by helping them to attract and develop high quality leaders with the capability to become headteachers in schools that need them the most.

NCTL is therefore seeking 1 national provider (or consortium) to:

1. Design, develop and deliver a new HPSL programme (no more than 2 years in length) to accelerate experienced senior leaders towards headship within two to three years of starting the programme.

2. Recruit and deliver the new programme to four cohorts between 2017 and 2020, reaching a minimum total of 400 participants.

3. Continuously review the programme and ensure flexibility to adapt to emerging needs and government priorities quickly.

4. Develop and implement robust quality assurance and processes to maximise the impact of the programme in challenging schools; and track participants’ progress, career progressions and impact on pupil outcomes.

5. Agree to a third party evaluation of the programme over the term of the contract and engage constructively with the outputs of the evaluation.

The new programme will need to provide:

— Content informed by international best practice and current theoretical research which reflects the needs of a changing leadership landscape.

— National reach in England targeting specific geographical areas (please see the Invitation to Bid for further information).

— A robust, fair and consistent selection process to recruit participants with the capability to reach headship within 2 to 3 years of starting the programme.

Please note the contract requirements will be subject to available financial resources, supplier performance and flexibility to meet changing demands during the term of the contract, and continued government support.

The anticipated total maximum contract value for four cohorts is 8 300 000 GBP (inclusive of all expenses and exclusive of VAT). VAT (where applicable) will be at the prevailing rate.

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: 09/01/2017
End: 30/09/2022
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The estimated start date for the contract is January 2017 and the end date is 30 September 2022. NCTL reserves the right in its absolute discretion to extend the contract for a further 12 months, to provide for a fifth cohort. This decision will be subject to satisfactory contractor performance, Government support and funding.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

NCTL reserves the right to terminate the contract should funding be withdrawn, changed or there is an significant change in government policy relating to the delivery of the programme and outputs required as part of this contract, by giving at least 3 months (to be agreed at contract finalisation stage) prior written notice.

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

A WebEx Event will take place on 20 October 2016 for interested organisations to gain a better understanding of the New HPSL programme.

Please email Niche.programmes@education.gov.uk to register your interest in the WebEx event and we will provide further details in due course. Please note that this does not equate to a formal expression of interest in any future procurement activity.

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

List and brief description of selection criteria:

The Terms and Conditions and the evaluation criteria, available through REDIMO2, set out all conditions relating to this contract.

Parent company guarantees may be a requirement for this contract. Performance bonds or deposits may be required in appropriate circumstances.

The final contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.

In the event that a consortia bid is successful, the NCTL will anticipate the creation of an appropriate legal vehicle/SPV to provide satisfaction on capacity.

If the potential supplier bidding for the requirement is part of a consortium joint venture or SPV, the Authority will require full details of the consortium joint venture or SPV.

Potential suppliers should provide details of the actual or proposed percentage shareholding of the constituent members within the consortium in a separate attachment. If a consortium is not proposing to form a corporate entity, full details of alternative proposed arrangements should be provided in the attachment. Please note that NCTL reserves the right to require a successful consortium to form a single legal entity once they have been awarded the contract, in accordance with regulation 19 of the Public Contract Regulations 2015.

NCTL recognises that arrangements in relation to consortia may (within limits) be subject to future change. Potential consortia should therefore respond in the light of the arrangements as currently envisaged. Potential consortia are reminded that any future proposed change in relation to consortia must be notified to the NCTL so that it can make a further assessment by applying the selection criteria to the new information provided.

If an SPV is formed by a single organisation to separate liabilities from the parent company, then NCTL would require a parent company guarantee.

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

List and brief description of selection criteria:

Responses will be used to undertake an assessment of your organisation’s technical and professional ability to provide the goods/services.

Where the Potential Supplier is a SPV and not intending to be the main provider of the goods or services, the information requested should be provided in respect of the principal intended provider of the good or services.

The Terms and Conditions and the evaluation criteria, available through REDIMO2, set out all conditions relating to this 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:

The Terms and Conditions and the evaluation criteria, available through REDIMO2, set out all conditions relating to this contract.

All bid documentation will be made available from REDIMO2 and Bidders should ensure that they have read all documentation prior to submitting a response.

All bidders will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement before key documents can be released via REDIMO2.

Where appropriate, the successful bidder will be required to deliver a Deed of Guarantee at the same time as the execution of the Agreement.

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: 2016/S 181-324714

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

Date: 09/11/2016
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: 09/11/2016
Local time: 13:00
Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:

Officials of the Department.

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:

This procurement falls within Schedule 3 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and, as such, it will be conducted under the Light Touch Regime (regulations 74 to 76 of the 2015 Regulations). We will use an adapted version of the open procedure which, subject to the quality of compliant bids received, may involve NCTL entering into a dialogue with one or more suppliers. Details of the evaluation approach are set out in the Evaluation Criteria document and the Invitation to Bid.

The invitation to bid will be managed through the e-procurement system, REDIMO2. Bidders who are not already registered on REDIMO2, will need to register their details on the e-procurement portal in order to access this tender opportunity. Information about how to register is available at Https://supplierlive.proactisp2p.com/account/login/?cid=DFE

NCTL are holding a supplier WebEx event on Thursday 20 October 2016. Login details are as follows:

Topic: High Potential Senior Leaders Programme;

Date: 20.10.2016 11:00 to 12 noon

To register for this meeting:

Go to https://nationalcollege.webex.com/nationalcollege/j.php?RGID=rc0a80456e113fa451d461a174b663d86

Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions for joining the meeting.

The Invitation to Bid will be launched on Monday 10 October.

NCTL reserves the right to use reverse auction. NCTL considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of bidders will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender. If the potential supplier bidding for the requirement is part of a consortium joint venture or special purpose vehicle (SPV) NCTL will require full details of the consortium joint venture or SPV.

A dedicated section of REDIMO2 will be made available to interested bidders offering online access to background data and early draft versions of documentation. Bidders are strongly advised to access the data room as new and updated information will be posted regularly.

Please e-mail Commercial.contactpoint@education.co.uk if you have any queries with registering your details on REDIMO2.

All potential bidders are strongly advised to review the Terms and Conditions of contract and the department’s security policy.

This notice pertains to the award of a contract with a maximum duration of 69 months. Contract award is expected to be from January 2017, subject to agreement with DfE Ministers. The contract will include: initial setup, design and development, and recruitment activity between January and August 2017, ready for programme delivery from September 2017.

Any continued support of the new HPSL programme will be subject to funding by the government and the satisfactory delivery of the programme and its outcomes in line with key performance indicators and service level agreements.

NCTL reserves the right in its absolute discretion to abandon, terminate or suspend any or all of this procurement at any time. Further:

— NCTL does not bind itself to enter into any contract(s) arising out of the procedures envisaged by this contract notice.

— No contractual rights express or implied arise out of this contract notice or the procedures envisaged by it.

— NCTL reserves the right to vary its requirements and the procedure relating to the conduct of the award process; and

— NCTL reserves the right to amend dates and deadlines and to update the procurement timetable. Applicants and Tenderers will be notified as appropriate.

Bidders shall be fully responsible for and liable for all costs associated with and arising out of or in connection with responding to this contract notice. In no circumstances shall NCTL be responsible for or liable to any bidder for any costs incurred in responding to this contract notice, any pre-qualification questions or any tender howsoever incurred.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Department for Education
Sanctuary Buildings, 20 Great Smith Street
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

The contracting authority will incorporate a minimum ten calendar days standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the decision to award a contract before a contract is executed/signed (as appropriate) in accordance with Public Contracts Regulations.

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

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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