Maths and Physics Chairs Programme 2016 and 2017

Maths and Physics Chairs Programme 2016 and 2017

This programme specifically contributes to this priority by increasing the number of specialist maths and physics teachers in the classroom.

United Kingdom-London: Education and training services

2015/S 062-108977

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Department for Education, National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)
2nd floor, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street
SW1P 3BT London

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Electronic access to information: http://

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: http://

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions

I.3)Main activity


I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract


II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Maths and Physics Chairs Programme (2016 and 2017 intake).

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 24: Education and vocational education services

NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

It is a DfE priority to develop a great workforce with strong leadership. This programme specifically contributes to this priority by increasing the number of specialist maths and physics teachers in the classroom. On the 8.12.2014 the Prime Minister announced a five year commitment to fund a package of policies to address the shortfall in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) teachers.
The Maths and Physics Chairs programme (Chairs) is part of a wider package of initiatives to improve the progression of young people in STEM and to enhance of teaching in those subjects.
A key benefit of the programme will be the recruitment of the most able post-doctoral researchers into schools to inject deep subject expertise and enthusiasm into the classroom to raise student progression, and into the current teaching staff through targeted CPD and master class tuition at expert subject level.
The scope for this contract is for two intakes (of around 100-110 places each) to start their training in 2016/17 (cohort 3) and 2017/18 (cohort 4) respectively. Each intake would be on the programme for three years The specification in the Invitation to Tender is designed to provide information for organisations interested in responding to this contract for the development of the Chairs initial teacher training programme and its delivery in academic years 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20. It sets out the requirements of the contract and the process for interested parties to submit a bid and details how they will be evaluated.
The longer term vision is for Chairs to create a ‘steady state’ of 300 post-doctoral researchers as Maths and Physics Chairs by 2018 sharing their expertise with schools as part of a hub model. Those recruited would act as catalysts, advocates and champions for spreading expertise in maths and physics throughout the system. The success of the programme would also raise the profile of progression in maths and physics, encouraging schools to employ them.
To deliver the high quality programme by the proposed options, it is necessary to combine outstanding recruitment, development of additional training with the very best of the expertise in the initial teacher training sector. The programme is also aligned to other teacher training routes in terms of selection and recruitment to ensure parity.
Duration of the contract or time limit for completion October 2015 — September 2020.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Estimated value excluding VAT: 9 300 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

11.5.2015 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

VI.3)Additional information

How organisations can obtain an Invitation To Tender: By registering on the REDIMO e- procurement system. REDIMO is the NCTL’s e-procurement system, used for contracting for most works, goods and services that are awarded following an electronic competitive tendering process. Registration allows organisations both to gain membership to the Operational Associates (OA) Framework and e-tender for procurement other opportunities with the NCTL.
Registration for the procurement.

If your organisation is interested in participating in this procurement you will need to register on REDIMO (If you are not already). Please register at

Please e-mail our helpdesk if you have any queries with registering your details on REDIMO.

The Invitation to Tender letter will be launched on Wednesday 25.3.2015.
All Tender documentation will be made available from REDIMO and Bidders should ensure that they have read all documentation prior to submitting a response.
A Webex event to publicise this tender was held on Tuesday 17 March. Content from this event, including presentation materials and submitted questions and answers will be available in the tender information on REDIMO.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

To the address in 1 in the first instance

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: