School Exclusions Inquiry Focus Groups

School Exclusions Inquiry Focus Groups

Contract value:£10,000 – £20,000. This research project is designed to inform the second year of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner’s School Exclusions Inquiry. Focus groups – School Exclusions Inquiry

Reference number: ref 10

Deadline date:05/11/2012

This deadline is for… Submission of tenders

Contract value:£10,000 – £20,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: England

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? Yes

Name of the buying organisation: Office of the Children’s Commissioner

 

Description of the contract

This research project is designed to inform the second year of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner’s School Exclusions Inquiry. The report “They Never Give Up On You” published in March 2012, uncovered evidence of illegality in the practice of some schools, as well as confirming the enduring existence of glaring inequalities for some excluded children and young people within the education system. The report is available on our website: http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/content/publications/content_561 This second year of work will now focus on two areas that stood out in the original report and from the evidence gathered, these are: • Inequalities, and • Illegal exclusions Through the focus groups we are interested in understanding the differing experiences of the teaching profession and those who work in schools with the cohort most likely to suffer inequality and exclusions, children and young people with the following characteristics: • Boys • Special Educational Needs; • specific ethnic groups; • low income backgrounds; We want to understand the factors that influence decision making including training, ethos, budgetary, leadership etc that appear to impact greatly on equality and exclusion practices. What is it that creates an institution that provides exemplary practice while another does not? The Office of the Children’s Commissioner will use these research findings to heighten awareness of inequalities within education and what can be done to change this, and highlight illegal practice with an aim to produce a methodology to track excluded pupils. The second year of this Inquiry aims to change the behaviour and influence the decision making processes of professionals and policy makers. The findings of this research will inform the Children’s Commissioner and Project Team, and the recommendations made in the final School Exclusions Inquiry report, in relation to improving practice in education concerning inequalities and illegal exclusions.

 

Classification of the contract

73210000 Research consultancy services

 

Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 06/11/2012 – 28/01/2013

 

Who to contact

Contact name Douglas Smith

Organisation name Office of the Children’s Commissioner

Address 33 Greycoat Street, London, SW1P 2QF

Telephone 020 7783 8330

Extension number:

Fax 020 7931 7544

How to apply

All responses should be directed to: procurement.mailbox@childrenscommissioner.gsi.gov.uk All tenders should be sent as an e-mail attachment and submitted in PDF format. Please note we will not accept receipt of hard paper copies unless previous agreement has been reached. Any queries in relation to the submission process should be made to: Douglas Smith Performance and Planning Manager Office of the Children’s Commissioner 33 Greycoat Street London SW1P 2QF Telephone: 02073407227 Any submission received after the deadline specified above will be disqualified. No exceptions will be made for any reason. However, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner may, at its own absolute discretion, extend the closing date and time for receipt of tenders specified above without request. Any such extension will apply to all tenders. Every tender response received by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner shall be deemed to have been made subject to the conditions of tender as set out in this document, unless the Office of the Children’s Commissioner shall previously have expressly agreed in writing to the contrary. Any alternative terms and conditions offered on behalf of a tenderer shall, if inconsistent with these conditions, be deemed to have been rejected by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner unless expressly accepted by them in writing. The tenderer is advised that, in the event of their Tender being accepted by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, they will be required to undertake the Provisions and Standards of Service in accordance with the draft Conditions of Contract given in Appendix A. The Tenderer is required to complete and provide all information required by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner in accordance with the enclosed schedules. Failure to comply with these conditions may lead the Office of the Children’s Commissioner to reject the Tender. The Tenderer must obtain for themselves, as their own responsibility and expense, all information necessary for the preparation of the Tender. Information supplied to the Tenderer by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner or its officers, agents or other staff is supplied only for general guidance in the preparation of the tender. Tenderers must satisfy themselves by their own investigations, as to the accuracy of any such information and no responsibility is accepted by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner through any loss of damage of whatever kind arising form the use by the tenderer of such information.