Services - 178266-2016

26/05/2016    S100    - - Services - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

United Kingdom-Nottingham: Education and training services

2016/S 100-178266

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Department for Education, National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)
Learning and Conference Centre, Triumph Road
United Kingdom
Contact person: Alyson Lethbridge
NUTS code: UKF14

Internet address(es):

Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement
Additional information can be obtained from 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

Final Assessment of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).

II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), an executive agency of the Department for Education, anticipates that, during 2016, it will look to commence a procurement exercise to deliver final assessments for participants undertaking the National Professional Qualifications.

Each qualification includes a final assessment that participants undertake when completing their period of professional development. The final assessment process acts as a quality indicator and supports progression to further study or more senior roles including Headteacher.

The contract will be for a minimum term of 9 months with an option to extend if required. It is anticipated that a new contract will be awarded in January 2017 and the provider should be able to mobilise themselves quickly to deliver final assessment for a maximum of 15 000 NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH participants.

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)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The National Professional Qualifications are a suite of leadership programmes available to school leaders which were designed to promote excellent educational leadership through improving the quality of the education workforce. The programmes (National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)), National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) and National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) are licensed by NCTL to a range of delivery providers i.e. Licensees.

This PIN is to instigate an Early Market Engagement exercise to help NCTL determine the interest, capacity and capability within the market.

Although the exact release date is subject to change, the Early Market Engagement exercise is expected to end with the anticipated release of an Invitation to Tender in July/August 2016.

II.2.14)Additional information

It is anticipated that this market engagement exercise will incorporate 1 or more Supplier engagement events for interested parties during June 2016. Further information will be published in due course as an addendum to this PIN.

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

This anticipated requirement may be subject to change as a result of Early Supplier Market Engagement, funding opportunities and changes in governmental priorities.

NCTL will consider inviting Bidders to express interest via an Open Procedure. The Invitation to Tender (ITT) would be launched and managed through the NCTL e-procurement system, REDIMO. Bidders will need to be registered on REDIMO to be able to participate in the procurement. If you are interested in this PIN (and are not already registered on REDIMO) please register your company details on the NCTL e-procurement portal. Information about how to register is published at:

Please email: if want to find out more about the NCTL market engagement exercise. Please note this does not equate to a formal expression of interest in any future procurement activity.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: