National Standardised Assessments in Support of the National Improvement Framework

National Standardised Assessments in Support of the National Improvement Framework

The requirement will see the Scottish Government’s two existing national standardised assessment systems (the Scottish National Standardised Assessments and their Gaelic Medium counterpart, Measaidhean Coitcheann Nàiseanta airson foghlam tron Ghàidhlig) brought together into a combined platform.

United Kingdom-Glasgow: Educational software development services

2020/S 220-541878

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Scottish Government
Postal address: 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw
Town: Glasgow
NUTS code: UKM SCOTLAND
Postal code: G28LU
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: Ross.Cameron@gov.scot
Telephone: +44 1312442217
Internet address(es):
Main address: http://www.scotland.gov.uk
Address of the buyer profile: https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA10482

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at: https://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk

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

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

National Standardised Assessments in Support of the National Improvement Framework

 

Reference number: Case 488190

II.1.2)Main CPV code

72212190 Educational software development services

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The Scottish Government has a requirement to place a contract with an external service provider for the provision of national standardised assessments in support of the national improvement framework.

 

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 17 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

48190000 Educational software package
75121000 Administrative educational services
80000000 Education and training services
80100000 Primary education services
72222300 Information technology services
72267100 Maintenance of information technology software
72267200 Repair of information technology software
48000000 Software package and information systems
48462000 Mathematical or forecasting software package
72000000 IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM SCOTLAND

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

 

The Scottish Government has a requirement to place a contract with an external service provider for the provision of national standardised assessments in support of the national improvement framework.

The requirement will see the Scottish Government’s two existing national standardised assessment systems (the Scottish National Standardised Assessments and their Gaelic Medium counterpart, Measaidhean Coitcheann Nàiseanta airson foghlam tron Ghàidhlig) brought together into a combined platform.

The national improvement framework (NIF) for Scottish Education brings together key information to evaluate performance and informs the action taken to improve attainment and wider outcomes for every child in Scotland.

The requirement includes:

— system development, technical implementation testing and trialling;

— delivery management thereafter, including annual updates to the system content, the development and maintenance of the standardisation methodology;

— related ‘service’ elements including system support and maintenance, reporting, documentation and training, guidance and support to different categories of user;

— migration of data and standards compliant assessment content from the first phase of standardised assessment delivery, ensuring data integrity and persistence.

 

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: 75 / Weighting: Technical
Price – Weighting: 25

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 17 000 000.00 GBP

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

Start: 03/05/2021
End: 02/08/2024
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The contract allows for up to an additional 24 months from 3 August 2024-3 August 2026.

 

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no

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.1.2)Economic and financial standing

List and brief description of selection criteria:

 

Financial Ratios (ESPD 4B6) — bidders must demonstrate a current ratio of 1 (one) or more.

Current ratio will be calculated as follows: net current assets divided by net current liabilities.

 

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

 

Minimum level(s) of standards required:

Bidders must have in place the following minimum insurance levels:

— public liability insurance — GBP 2 000 000.00 and unlimited in total,

— professional indemnity insurance — GBP 5 000 000.00 and unlimited in total.

 

III.2)Conditions related to the contract

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

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing 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.1.8)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

Notice number in the OJ S: 2019/S 248-613860

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

Date: 18/12/2020
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:

English

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

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 18/12/2020
Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.3)Additional information:

 

ESPD will be scored on a pass/fail basis.

Question scoring methodology for award criteria outlined in Invitation to Tender.

Please note there are minimum requirements concerning Cyber Security for this contract. Tenderers will be required to complete an online supplier assurance questionnaire using the Scottish Cyber Assessment Service. A link to SCAS can be found here: https://cyberassessment.gov.scot/

The questionnaire will be aligned to a Cyber Risk Profile that has been established for the contract, based on the contracting authority’s assessment of cyber risk. The unique identifier for this purpose is: RAR-NAZK86UC

Cyber Implementation Plans will be accepted.

Further details are set out in the procurement documents.

The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The project code is 17303. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2343

The contracting authority does not intend to include a sub-contract clause as part of community benefits (as per Section 25 of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014) in this contract for the following reason:

Not suited to this requirement.

The contracting authority does not intend to include any community benefit requirements in this contract for the following reason:

Due to the Specialist nature of this requirement no opportunities which are relevant and proportionate have been identified.

(SC Ref:634409)

 

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Edinburgh Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court
Postal address: 27 Chambers Street
Town: Edinburgh
Postal code: EH1 1LB
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1312252525

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

An economic operator that suffers or risks suffering loss or damage attributable to a breach of duty under Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 may bring proceedings in the Sheriff Court or Court of Session.

 

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

06/11/2020