Services - 488555-2017

07/12/2017    S235

United Kingdom-London: Primary education services

2017/S 235-488555

Social and other specific services – public contracts

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
Contact person: Caroline Johnson
Internet address(es):
Main address:
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 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

Reception Baseline Assessment in England.

II.1.2)Main CPV code
80100000 Primary education services
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

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.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 9 800 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
79824000 Printing and distribution services
II.2.3)Place of performance
Main site or place of performance:

England only.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

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.

II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 9 800 000.00 GBP
II.2.7)Duration of the contract or the framework agreement
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

Tenders must be submitted to:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Form of procedure
Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement
IV.1.10)Identification of the national rules applicable to the procedure:
IV.1.11)Main features of the award 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.

IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S: 2017/S 222-461486
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate / Time limit for receipt of expressions of interest
Date: 31/01/2018
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional 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 -

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: Department for Education
Postal address: Sanctuary Buildings, 20 Great Smith Street
Town: London
Postal code: SW1P 3BT
Country: United Kingdom
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: