High Potential Senior Leaders Programme – Department for Education

High Potential Senior Leaders Programme – Department for Education

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), an executive agency of the DfE, is therefore seeking one national provider (or consortium) to: 1) Support approximately 226 existing participants.

High Potential Senior Leaders Programme (RD1042)


Contract summary



Location of contract


Value of contract (£)

£12,000,000 – £14,000,000

Published date

19 March 2015

Closing date

29 April 2015

Contract start date

06 July 2015

Contract end date

02 July 2021

High Potential Senior Leaders Programme (RD1042)


Background The Department for Education’s (DfE) vision is for a highly educated society in which opportunity is more equal for children and young people, no matter what their background or family circumstances. Some areas of the country and some types of school face particular difficulties in recruiting headteachers. Evidence suggests that failure to recruit a permanent, high quality headteacher can lead to performance dips for schools. 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 aspiring or current senior leaders who have the commitment and potential to become headteachers in England’s most challenging primary and secondary schools following completion of the programme. The new contract The contract with the incumbent supplier expires on 31 August 2016 and a new contract is being tendered to enable recruitment from September 2015 of a new cohort for the academic year 2016/17. The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), an executive agency of the DfE, is therefore seeking one national provider (or consortium) to: 1) Support approximately 226 existing participants who will be part-way through the HPSL programme when the current contract expires. This will involve the delivery of year 3 to approximately 101 participants from the 2014/15 cohort and the delivery of years 2 and 3 to approximately 125 participants from the 2015/16 cohort; and 2) Design, develop, market and deliver a new three-year HPSL programme to two new cohorts during the academic years 2016-2019 and 2017-2020, reaching a minimum of 285 participants. 3) NCTL may also require the recruitment and delivery of an additional cohort covering the period 2017 to 2021. Recruitment for this cohort would start in September 2017 with delivery starting in August 2018 and finishing in July 2021 and your organisation must be able to commit to delivery of this requirement should NCTL exercise its right under the Contract to request it.

About the buyer

Contact name

Sherida Kirby


Learning and Conference Centre, Triumph Road,






Other information


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Word version of the advert

See Attachment for a word version of the advert and instructions on how to apply. Supplier WebEx event NCTL are holding a supplier WebEx event on Wednesday 25 March 2015 This event will provide the opportunity for interested organisations to gain a better understanding of the High Potential Senior Leaders Programme and the indicative timelines. Login details are as follows: Topic: High Potential Senior Leaders Programme Date: Wednesday, 25 March 2015 Time: 13:00 GMT Time (London, GMT) ——————————————————- To register for this meeting ——————————————————- 1. Go to https://nationalcollege.webex.com/nationalcollege/j.php?RGID=rdd505aae1072c03faf00a93fc62c831f 2. Register for the meeting. Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting. If you are interested in attending this event, you will need to ensure that you are registered on the e-procurement system REDIMO as set out below: Registration for the procurement This procurement will be run through an e-procurement system REDIMO. REDIMO is used for contracting for works, goods and services that are awarded following an electronic competitive tendering process. Registration allows organisations to e-tender for procurement opportunities. If your organisation is interested in participating in this procurement (RD1042) you will need to register on REDIMO (If you are not already). Please register at https://REDIMO.nationalcollege.org.uk/selfservice/pages/public/supplier/registration/supplierRegistration.cmd NB (The category under which this procurement will be launched is AB01; therefore to participate you must ensure that you register against this category. Please e-mail our helpdesk mailto:commercial.admin@education.gsi.gov.uk if you have any queries with registering your details on REDIMO. Once the Invitation to Tender is launched it will be visible for bidders to respond. This Invitation to Tender will be launched on Thursday 19 March 2015. All Tender documentation will be made available from REDIMO 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 REDIMO. Where appropriate, the successful bidder will be required to deliver a Deed of Guarantee at the same time as the execution of the Agreement.

How to apply

Please apply directly to the buyer using the contact details provided