Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 11/12/2020

Local time: 12:00

The Department for Education requires a supplier framework of multiple suppliers to draft and develop potential items and their mark schemes ready for formal trialling. The proposed framework will run from 1 April 2021 until 31 March 2024 with an option to extend by an additional year (subject to STA requirements).

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United Kingdom-London: Education and training services

2020/S 173-419280

Contract notice

Services

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
NUTS code: UK UNITED KINGDOM
Postal code: SW1P 3BT
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail:

Internet address(es):

Main address: www.gov.uk/dfe

Address of the buyer profile: www.gov.uk/dfe

I.2)Information about joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://education.app.jaggaer.com/web/login.html

Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address

Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://education.app.jaggaer.com/web/login.html

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

Education

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Item Writing Framework — 2021-2025

II.1.2)Main CPV code

80000000 Education and training services

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The Department for Education requires a supplier framework of multiple suppliers to draft and develop potential items and their mark schemes ready for formal trialling. The proposed framework will run from 1 April 2021 until 31 March 2024 with an option to extend by an additional year (subject to STA requirements). The total framework value is not expected to exceed GBP 4 million.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 4 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

80000000 Education and training services

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK UNITED KINGDOM

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Department for Education requires a supplier framework of multiple suppliers to draft and develop potential items and their mark schemes ready for formal trialling. The proposed framework will run from 1 April 2021 until 31 March 2024 with an option to extend by an additional year (subject to STA requirements). The total framework value is not expected to exceed GBP 4 million.

STA’s remit is to develop and deliver statutory assessments, including national curriculum tests for English Reading, English grammar, punctuation and spelling, Mathematics and Science for use in schools at the end of key stage 1 and key stage 2. It is responsible for ensuring these tests are of the highest quality, accessible to all, inclusive and free from bias. Maintaining item writing contract services is essential to STA’s operating model of delivering brand new tests for key stage 1 and key stage 2.

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: 4 000 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Start: 01/04/2021

End: 31/03/2024

This contract is subject to renewal: yes

Description of renewals:

One year optional extension — subject to internal approvals.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes

Description of options:

One year optional extension — subject to internal approvals.

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 DfE is inviting responses from potential contractors as to whether they are likely to submit a tender for this procurement against the requirements as detailed in this ITT. Where a potential contractor indicates that they are unlikely to submit a tender the DfE would welcome details on the reasons for this.

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

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

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:

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators

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: 11/12/2020

Local time: 12:00

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:

English

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 11/12/2020

Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes

Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

3/4 years

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: STA — Standards and Testing Agency
Town: Coventry
Country: United Kingdom

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

02/09/2020