Services - 312719-2017

09/08/2017    S151

United Kingdom-London: Education and training services

2017/S 151-312719

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
Official name: Department for Education
Postal address: Sanctuary Buildings, 20 Great Smith Street
Town: London
Postal code: SW1P 3BT
Country: United Kingdom
Internet address(es):
Main address:
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

Quality Assurance of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).

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

It is intended that the Department for Education (DfE) will launch a tender in September/October 2017 for the delivery of a new provision of services for the quality assurance and improvement of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) throughout the whole of England.

NPQs are a suite of professional development programmes designed to ensure participants have the knowledge and skills they need to become effective school leaders. The department has recently reformed the NPQs, better to prepare new leaders for the wider range of leadership roles available in the education system. The reformed NPQs will be introduced in Academic Year 17/18 and delivered by 44 organisations that have been accredited by the DfE.

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)
79132000 Certification services
79000000 Business services: law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security
79313000 Performance review services
79410000 Business and management consultancy services
79419000 Evaluation consultancy services
II.2.3)Place of performance
Main site or place of performance:


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

We want the reformed NPQs to be grounded in the best available evidence and recognised as the gold standard for teachers' professional development. We are therefore seeking to partner with an organisation with the authority and expertise to establish this gold standard. The selected organisation (the ‘QA Agent’) will be responsible for quality assuring and improving NPQ provision throughout England through a range of activities. These include regularly gathering evidence on providers' performance, carrying out in-depth inspections of providers and moderating participants' assessment projects, in order to assess and improve providers' performance.

Whilst the DfE expects to contract with one organisation to fulfil all of these functions, this does not exclude bids from consortia capable of delivering these requirements.

The purpose of this Prior Information Notice (PIN) is to instigate an Early Market Engagement exercise to help DfE determine the interest, capacity and capability within the market. This anticipated requirement may be subject to change as a result of Early Supplier Market Engagement, funding opportunities and changes in governmental priorities.

II.2.14)Additional information

It is anticipated that this market engagement exercise will incorporate one or more supplier engagement events for interested parties during August 2017, currently scheduled for [Wednesday 16 August]. Please email for further details, with ‘QA Agent’ in the title.

Please note this does not equate to a formal expression of interest in any future procurement activity.

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:

The anticipated contract value is 3 000 000 to 6 000 000 GBP over 3 years.

The contract will be for a minimum term of 3 years (subject to break clauses), with the option to extend subject to Ministerial agreement.

See Contracts Finder for additional documents which may be added periodically.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: