National Roll-Out of the Early Career Framework

National Roll-Out of the Early Career Framework

The Department for Education is seeking national lead providers to lead the delivery, from September 2021, of the national roll-out of the Early Career Framework for Early Career Teachers and their mentors.

United Kingdom-London: Education and training services

2020/S 179-433278

Contract notice


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


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


National Roll-Out of the Early Career Framework


II.1.2)Main CPV code

80000000 Education and training services

II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:


The Department for Education (DfE) is seeking national lead providers to lead the delivery, from September 2021, of the national roll-out of the Early Career Framework (ECF) for Early Career Teachers and their mentors.

Lead providers will do this by providing schools with access to training programmes for both Early Career Teachers and their mentors, underpinned by the ECF, to support them to offer an ECF-based induction to their Early Career Teachers.


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)

II.2.3)Place of performance


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:


Successful lead providers will be expected to develop and deliver training based upon the Core Induction Programmes, which are available at

These core induction programmes will include:

• a carefully designed curriculum sequence;

• comprehensive self-directed study materials;

• comprehensive mentor session materials;

• training session outlines to support group training.

Successful lead providers will also be expected to create a Full Induction Programme, which will need to build on one chosen core induction programme.

The full induction programme will offer:

• full high-quality training for Early Career Teachers delivered to schools, that builds on the training session outlines and complements the self-study and mentor sessions in the relevant core induction programme. It is envisaged that this should include a minimum of 18 hours face-to-face training.

• full high-quality training sessions for mentors. It is envisaged that this should include a minimum of 9 hours face-to-face training.

It is anticipated that DfE will appoint successful bidders to a national Framework Agreement for Early Career Teacher and mentor training. Under the terms of that framework agreement, this will allow DfE to make specific purchases (Call-Offs) from lead providers within a 4-year term.

Lead providers will need to:

• train a minimum of 1 000 Early Career Teachers and their assigned mentors for cohorts starting in September 2021.

• significantly increase capacity to train a minimum of 2 000 Early Career Teachers and their mentors for cohorts starting from September 2022 onwards.

It is expected that lead providers will deliver their service in partnership with other high quality organisations including the national network of teaching school hubs which will be in place Early in 2021. It is also expected that teaching school hubs, along with other education training providers, will play a key role in the delivery of the ECF.

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

To encourage the formation of ECF delivery partnerships, DfE will be hosting networking events with successful lead providers and potential delivery partners taking place between 25 February and 5 March 2021. Further details on these events will be provided in due course.

Organisations that are interested in acting as an ECF delivery partner can register interest by sending the name of the organisation and contact details, including a named individual, to


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

Value excluding VAT: 250 000 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 48
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: no
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
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
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.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
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: 06/11/2020
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: 06/11/2020
Local time: 12:00

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

Official name: High Court
Postal address: Royal Court of Justices, The Strand
Town: London
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

The DfE will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar days 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 DfE 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 DfE 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: