Services - 164722-2018

17/04/2018    S74

United Kingdom-London: Education and training services

2018/S 074-164722

Contract notice


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Department of Education
National registration number: ITT_30319
Postal address: Curriculum Implementation Unit, 2nd Floor, Sanctuary Buildings,
Town: London
Postal code: CV1 2WT
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 8450194170
Fax: +44 2476823675
Internet address(es):
Main address:
I.2)Information about joint procurement
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body
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

Future Talent Fund

II.1.2)Main CPV code
80000000 Education and training services
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The Future Talent Fund will build an evidence base on good practice for this cohort, by trialling projects in schools, identifying clear delivery mechanisms for provision, and encouraging more evidence-led interventions, including for spending Pupil Premium funding.

We are seeking a contractor who will be responsible for managing the Future Talent Fund. This will include: warming the market for potential projects; assessing bids and recommending to DfE the funding of projects; managing approved projects; procuring independent evaluation, and disseminating the findings. The Fund is expected to support grants worth 21 000 000 GBP over its lifetime (2018-20). The Government will provide 16 000 000 GBP of this.

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)
80000000 Education and training services
II.2.3)Place of performance
Main site or place of performance:

England only.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Contractor will also be responsible for raising at least 5 000 000 GBP additional funding to contribute to the fund; this will supplement DfE funding. The additional funding will come from a variety of alternative sources, but not from state-funded schools.

The Fund Manager will manage all aspects of the Future Talent Fund projects. The key responsibilities of the Fund Manager are summarised below:

— use knowledge and expertise of the education system, supporting school improvement and improving outcomes for the most able, disadvantaged groups, to provide advice and expertise on all aspects of the Fund projects;

— promote the Fund to generate interest in it and encourage high quality applications for the Fund projects from eligible organisations, that demonstrate good understanding of issues, solutions and barriers for supporting the target cohort of pupils,

— run a fair and transparent competitive process for applications which complies with State Aid rules, assess applications against published criteria (based on the requirements of the Fund) and recommend projects to be supported to the Authority,

— ensure appropriate set-up of project objectives, delivery plans, outcomes and budgets,

— oversee implementation and management of projects in schools, including timelines, deliverables, budgets and risk management,

— establish robust, independent evaluation of each project,

— disseminate evidence of good practice into schools with clear recommendations on interventions that have the most impact and provide the best value for money,

— produce an over-arching assessment of the findings and evidence from all the individual projects,

— develop and deliver strong, clear messages for teachers and school leaders about the value and necessity of providing specific support for the most able, disadvantaged pupils, and drive up awareness of the Fund to encourage quality applications for projects,

— obtain matched funding to expand the Fund,

— provide regular reports to the Authority and manage risks and issues.

Tenderers should ensure that their proposal meets the aims and ambitions of the Fund. Throughout their proposals, Tenderers should make clear how they will support the Fund projects with robust project management and also a deep knowledge and understanding of the issues and challenges involved in supporting this particular cohort of pupils and their schools.

In general terms, higher scores will be awarded when the evidence provided demonstrates a clear and unambiguous understanding of the Authority’s specification, supported by good quality information and evidence which provides a high level of confidence in the Tenderer’s ability to deliver the services in a timely, reliable and cost effective manner.

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: 1 800 000.00 GBP
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 24
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.2.13)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
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

Section IV: Procedure

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.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 22/05/2018
Local time: 17:00
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
Duration in months: 06 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 23/05/2018
Local time: 9:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: High Courts of Justice
Town: London
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

The Contracting Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar days standstill period at the point information on the award of the contracts is communicated to Suppliers. Suppliers who are unsuccessful shall be informed by the Contracting Authority as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why they were unsuccessful. 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 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 Contracting Authority 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 Contracting Authority to pay a fine, and/or order that the duration of the contract be 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.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: