Procurement And Management Of A Trial Of Evidence-Based Home Learning Environment Support Programmes In The North Of England

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Department for Education
Sanctuary Buildings
United Kingdom
Contact person: Margaret Leopold
Telephone: +44 8450194170
Fax: +44 2476823675
NUTS code: UK

Internet address(es):

Main address:

I.2)Joint procurement
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 following address: or Margaret Leopold
Level 2, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street
United Kingdom
NUTS code: UK

Internet address(es):

Main 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

Procurement and management of a trial of evidence-based home learning environment support programmes in the North of England

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

To launch a call for proposals and manage the delivery and evaluation of trials of evidence-based home learning environment support programmes in the North of England. The successful bidder will be responsible for:

— launching a call for proposals,

— assessing proposals and making recommendations to the Department for Education on which programmes to trial based on their analysis of the evidence base,

— identifying potential trial areas and making recommendations to the Department for Education; procuring and managing sub-contracts with home learning environment support programmes and independent evaluators – including scoping out the design and delivery of randomised control trials,

— brokering arrangements between providers of home learning environment support programmes, evaluators and trial areas; and,

— publishing and disseminating the results of trials.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 5 000 000.00 GBP
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:

North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The successful bidder will be responsible for the following activities:

— launching a call for proposals for home learning environment support programmes, including working to generate proposals from well-evidenced and/or innovative interventions,

— assessing proposals and shortlisting home learning environment support programmes to trial,

— Identifying potential areas in the north of England that have the capacity to take part in the trial,

— Procuring the delivery of randomised control trials of the programmes selected through the call for proposals, including identifying independent evaluators, and procuring and managing suitable contract agreements with programme providers and evaluators,

— Overseeing the publication of trial results and ensuring that they are disseminated as widely as possible,

Arrangements for the design and evaluation of trials will be subject to further competition via the call for proposals and processes to procure independent evaluators outlined above.

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
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Start: 15/03/2018
End: 31/03/2020
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.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
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

The significant majority of the contract is to pay for the delivery and evaluation of trials, which will be subject to separate competitive processes, administered by the contract holder. We expect bidders to show how they will keep management costs as low as possible to maximise funding for the trials themselves, while also making effective recommendations to DfE on which trials to take forward.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
List and brief description of conditions:

The Department expects bidders to be able to demonstrate they have capacity to operate a project of this size and deliver the activity in the funding period within the funding provided.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

As outlined in draft contract.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract
Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

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.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
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.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 06/02/2018
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: 4 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 06/02/2018
Local time: 17:00

Address: Level 2, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BT.


Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:

Official name: Margaret Leopold.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
High Court
Royal Courts of Justice, the Strand
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
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.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: