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United Kingdom-London: Primary education services
Social and other specific services – public contracts
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Reception Baseline Assessment in England.
The Department for Education intends to run a competitive procurement process for the development and delivery of an assessment for Reception aged children to baseline their prior attainment at their point of entry to the English schools system (a Reception Baseline Assessment).
The Government response to the 2017 Primary Assessment Consultation proposed the introduction of a new assessment in reception to be used to establish pupils’ prior attainment as the starting point for calculating school level progress measures when pupils reach the end of key stage 2 (KS2).
The target date to introduce this new baseline as a statutory assessment for all English state-funded primary schools is September 2020.
The assessment will measure reception age children within the first half term of entering a school in England and provide the starting point for the progress measure that will be used for school accountability.
This procurement seeks to award a contract to an organization or consortia of organizations to develop and deliver the reception baseline assessment.
The duration of the contract will cover:
— any necessary trialing of the material in the 2018/19 academic year,
— a national pilot in the 2019/20 academic year for the September intake, as well as for schools that have intakes in January and April, and,
— then two years of statutory delivery of the assessment to all reception pupils in England in the academic years 2020/21 and 2021/22.
The Department may extend the contract for one further academic year until 31 August 2023.
Suppliers may plan to adapt, an existing assessment or develop an entirely new one as long as they can meet the delivery timeline requirements.
Bidders for this contract will have to demonstrate how their proposed assessment meets the areas for evaluation described in the Invitation to Tender documentation and also provides a value for money assessment for schools.
The contract is expected to have a value of up to £9.8million excluding any extension period.
The anticipated contract period is:
— Start: 09/04/2018
— End: 31/08/2022 with a possible extension of one year until 31/08/2023.
Tenders must be submitted to: TendersTD.STA@education.gov.uk.
Section IV: Procedure
The procurement will be run under an open procedure using the most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria as detailed in the Invitation to Tender documents.
Section VI: Complementary information
The assessment should include an age-appropriate assessment of communication, language, and literacy as well as mathematics and should be clearly linked to the learning and development requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. We will also ask potential suppliers to explore ways in which it would be possible to assess some form of ‘self-regulation’ in their bids.
The pupil’s regular teacher or teaching assistant will carry out and mediate the assessment. We do not intend this to be an observational assessment which is carried out over time, like the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP).
The reception baseline assessment is not intended to provide on-going formative information for practitioners.
The Government response to the 2017 Primary Assessment Consultation in England announced that the EYFSP will be revised and will continue to be used; the on-going completion of that assessment will serve this formative purpose.
The invitation to tender letter is available on Contracts Finder - https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder.