National Partner for Early Years Continuing Professional Development

National Partner for Early Years Continuing Professional Development

The Department for Education is seeking to procure an organisation to deliver a programme of Continuing Professional Development activity, the Early Years Professional Development Fund.

United Kingdom-London: Education and training services

2018/S 242-552836

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Department for Education
Sanctuary Buildings, 20 Great Smith Street
London
SW1P 3BT
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 8450194170
E-mail: Sourcinghelp@education.gov.uk
Fax: +44 2476823675
NUTS code: UKI
Internet address(es):Main address: https://www.gov.uk/Department-for-Education

I.2)Information about joint procurement

I.3)Communication

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

Education

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

National Partner for Early Years Continuing Professional Development

II.1.2)Main CPV code

80000000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The Department for Education is seeking to procure an organisation to deliver a programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity, the Early Years Professional Development Fund (“the PDF”).

The provision of high quality, evidence-based CPD activity will support pre-reception early years practitioners to improve their practice in working with very young children between the ages of 2 and 4, to improve outcomes in language, literacy and numeracy for the most disadvantaged children, with an emphasis on improving school readiness.

This will help meet the Secretary of State’s ambition to halve the percentage of children that finish reception without the expected skills in early communication and reading in the next 10 years (currently at 28 %).

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 3 330 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKZ

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

This procurement is being carried out in accordance with the open procedure as set out in Public Contract Regulations 2015. Contractors taking part in this competition are deemed to consent to the terms and requirements of this procurement. The specification and the Terms and Conditions, together with any special requirements, will form the basis of the Contract between the successful tenderer and the Secretary of State for Education. The Department is using the DfE e-Tendering Portal for this procurement which means the ITT and the forms for submitting a response are only available in electronic form. Tenderers will be required to submit their response in accordance with the instructions set out in the DfE e-Tendering Portal and the ITT. The information contained in the ITT is designed to ensure that all responses are given equal and fair consideration. The tender process will be conducted in a manner that ensures tenders are evaluated fairly to ascertain the most economically advantageous tender.

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: 31/05/2019
End: 31/07/2019
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: yes
Description of options:

The initial term of the contract may be extended for a further period of up to 24 months.

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:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

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

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

Date: 14/02/2019
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:

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

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 15/02/2019
Local time: 09:00

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

High Court
Royal Court of Justices, The Strand
London
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 10 calendar day standstill period at the point that information on the award of the contracts is communicated to suppliers. Unsuccessful suppliers shall be informed by the Contracting Authority as soon as possible after the decision has been made. If an appeal 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 the 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 Contracting Authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into, the Court may, depending on the circumstances, award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order the Contracting Authority to pay a fine, and/or order that the duration of the contract is shortened. The purpose of the 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:

12/12/2018

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