National Professional Qualifications Framework – Market Engagement Events

National Professional Qualifications Framework – Market Engagement Events

There are three supplier events scheduled to take place week commencing 13th July and are anticipated to last between 2 and 3 hours.

United Kingdom-London: Education and training services

2020/S 129-318051

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Department for Education
Postal address: Sanctuary Buildings, 20, Great Smith Street
Town: London
Postal code: SW1P 3BT
Country: United Kingdom
Internet address(es):Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement


Additional information can be obtained from 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


National Professional Qualifications Framework

II.1.2)Main CPV code

80000000 Education and training services

II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The purpose of this Prior Information Notice (PIN) is to notify the market of forthcoming market engagement events relating to the reformed suite of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) and a new headteacher programme. The Department will be undertaking three online events between 14 and 16 July 2020 for interested national lead providers to input into the implementation of these programmes.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

80000000 Education and training services

II.2.3)Place of performance


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

In January 2019, the Department published the widely appraised teacher recruitment and retention strategy, which included a commitment to invest in specialist NPQs to support teachers to develop expertise in particular areas and to complement existing leadership qualifications. The three new specialist qualifications are leading teaching; leading behaviour and culture and leading teacher development.

The Secretary of State for Education announced in March that the Department is also reviewing the full current suite of leadership NPQs to ensure that they cover the specific knowledge and skills that school leaders need for the future, and the development of the new headteacher programme which will be closely linked with the national professional qualification for headship and made available to new headteachers in their first 2 years of headship.

The reformed suite of NPQs and the new headteacher programme will be available to teachers and school leaders from Autumn 2021 alongside the early career framework. Together they will help deliver improved teacher quality by creating a coherent, career-long, development programme.

To ensure success, DfE is seeking national providers to lead the delivery of the NPQs and the new headteacher programme, from Autumn 2021.

Successful providers will be required to work within a flexible set of frameworks, that are being designed for each level of qualification and the new headteacher programme.

It is anticipated that DfE will appoint successful bidders to a national framework agreement for NPQs and the new headteacher programme. Under the terms of that framework agreement, this will allow DfE to make specific purchases (Call-Offs) from suppliers within a 4-year term.

It is expected that lead providers will deliver their service in partnership with other high-quality education training providers including the national network of Teaching School Hubs (TSH) which will be in place in early 2021. TSH, along with other education training providers, will play a key role in the delivery of the NPQs and the new headteacher programme.

DfE recognises that lead providers might need to build their capacity and partnerships over the term of the framework agreement, we are therefore proposing to create the flexibility for lead providers to add new delivery partners once they are appointed to the framework.

II.2.14)Additional information

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:


Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

There are three supplier events scheduled to take place week commencing 13th July and are anticipated to last between 2 and 3 hours. Please note that a maximum of two people from each organisation can attend each event. For details on how to register to attend, please click on your preferred date.

• Tuesday 14th July (

• Wednesday 15th July (

• Thursday 16th July (

Procurement is expected to open in November 2020 with contracts being awarded in March 2021. More information on the procurement process will be provided following market engagement activity.

This notice is for information only and is not a call for competition. The Department reserves the right not to enter a formal procurement process and not award contracts. Accordingly, the authority will not be liable for any bid cost, expenditure, work or effort incurred by a provider in acting on the basis of this PIN.

All future information will be issued to potential providers via the DfE eTendering Portal. Providers can access this system at: for details of how to register and the terms of free registration.

All information included in this notice is indicative and subject to change.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: