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Reception Baseline Assessments Quality Assurance (STA 0122).

  Coventry United Kingdom — Department for Education
Published March 31, 2015 — Deadline June 8, 2015 (4 years ago)
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Notice type
Contract notice
Buyer category
Government_administration
About STA. The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) is an executive agency of the Department for Education. The STA's main functions are to: — develop high quality and rigorous national curriculum tests and assessments in line with Ministerial policy, — undertake operational delivery of national curriculum tests and assessment (including printing, distribution, marking and data capture of tests as appropriate), — support schools and other stakeholders to deliver national curriculum tests and assessments, — support and implement arrangements for moderation of teacher assessment judgements. STA is responsible for developing and delivering the national curriculum tests and assessments and ensuring their proper and safe production and administration. These assessments operate across Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and key stages 1, 2 and 3 and are used by a wide range of maintained and other schools. Further information about STA and the national curriculum tests and assessments can be found at www.education.gov.uk/assessments Background. The DfE will use a new reception baseline assessment to capture the starting point from which the progress that schools make with their pupils will be measured. The content of the reception baseline will reflect the knowledge and understanding of children at the start of reception, and will be clearly linked to the learning and development requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and key stage 1 national curriculum in English and Mathematics. The reception baseline will be administered within the first half term of a pupil's entry to a reception class. Data from the reception baseline will be used to hold schools to account; it must therefore be valid and reliable. Although the reception baseline suppliers are undertaking some activities to quality assure the data they submit, their customer/supplier relationship with schools means that additional central quality assurance will be required. The reception baseline is a new assessment and the Department has not quality assured assessments of this nature before. As a result, we need to pilot and evaluate different approaches to see what works. The Requirement. STA are looking to procure a supplier to work with us to determine appropriate models for assuring the national data from the reception baseline. Once models have been determined, STA will agree up to three approaches to be implemented by the supplier in small scale pilots during September/October 2015. The supplier will also be responsible for evaluating the approaches using evidence from the pilots with the aim of recommending an approach to be implemented from September 2016. Key Supplier Requirements: — organisational capability and experience of designing and conducting quality assurance processes in an educational environment, — proven experience in delivering a product to time and quality using an agreed methodology, — ability to source and train appropriately qualified representatives, — ability to collate and analyse data to evaluate options, — based on evidence received make recommendations, — ensure the security of information. The contract value is 250 000 GBP (excluding VAT) for the period 1.7.2015 to 31.1.2016. Should the Department implement the optional contract extension, the maximum whole life contract cost shall not exceed 400 000 GBP (excluding VAT). Please note that contract requirements will be subject to available financial resources, supplier performance and flexibility to meet changing demands.

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Fact Sheet

Title
Reception Baseline Assessments Quality Assurance (STA 0122).
Published by
Department for Education
Publication Date
31/03/2015
Deadline Date
08/06/2015
Deadline Time
12:00:00
Notice Type
Contract Notice
Has Documents
No
Abstract
About STA.The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) is an executive agency of the Department for Education.The STA's main functions are to:— develop high quality and rigorous national curriculum tests and assessments in line with Ministerial policy,— undertake operational delivery of national curriculum tests and assessment (including printing, distribution, marking and data capture of tests as appropriate),— support schools and other stakeholders to deliver national curriculum tests and assessments,— support and implement arrangements for moderation of teacher assessment judgements.STA is responsible for developing and delivering the national curriculum tests and assessments and ensuring their proper and safe production and administration. These assessments operate across Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and key stages 1, 2 and 3 and are used by a wide range of maintained and other schools.Further information about STA and the national curriculum tests and assessments can be found at www.education.gov.uk/assessmentsBackground.The DfE will use a new reception baseline assessment to capture the starting point from which the progress that schools make with their pupils will be measured. The content of the reception baseline will reflect the knowledge and understanding of children at the start of reception, and will be clearly linked to the learning and development requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and key stage 1 national curriculum in English and Mathematics. The reception baseline will be administered within the first half term of a pupil's entry to a reception class.Data from the reception baseline will be used to hold schools to account; it must therefore be valid and reliable. Although the reception baseline suppliers are undertaking some activities to quality assure the data they submit, their customer/supplier relationship with schools means that additional central quality assurance will be required.The reception baseline is a new assessment and the Department has not quality assured assessments of this nature before. As a result, we need to pilot and evaluate different approaches to see what works.The Requirement.STA are looking to procure a supplier to work with us to determine appropriate models for assuring the national data from the reception baseline. Once models have been determined, STA will agree up to three approaches to be implemented by the supplier in small scale pilots during September/October 2015. The supplier will also be responsible for evaluating the approaches using evidence from the pilots with the aim of recommending an approach to be implemented from September 2016.Key Supplier Requirements:— organisational capability and experience of designing and conducting quality assurance processes in an educational environment,— proven experience in delivering a product to time and quality using an agreed methodology,— ability to source and train appropriately qualified representatives,— ability to collate and analyse data to evaluate options,— based on evidence received make recommendations,— ensure the security of information.The contract value is 250 000 GBP (excluding VAT) for the period 1.7.2015 to 31.1.2016.Should the Department implement the optional contract extension, the maximum whole life contract cost shall not exceed 400 000 GBP (excluding VAT).Please note that contract requirements will be subject to available financial resources, supplier performance and flexibility to meet changing demands.
Main Contact
reception.baseline@education.gsi.gov.uk
Admin Contact
N/a
Technical Contact
N/a
Other Contact
N/a
Official Name
Department for Education, Standards and Testing Agency
Postal Address
Earlsdon Park, 53-55 Butts Road
Town
Coventry
Postal Code
CV1 3BH
Country
UK
For the attention of
Talat Shams
E-Mail
reception.baseline@education.gsi.gov.uk
Official Name
The address in 1 in the first instance
Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority
Reception Baseline Assessments Quality Assurance (STA 0122).
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or performance
UK
Contract covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
Division into lots
No
Will variants be accepted
No
Economic and financial capacity
Bidder responses will be used to undertake an assessment of their organisation's economic and financial standing. Bidders will be contacted by the Authority if this assessment identifies that a parent or other type of guarantee is required.
Technical capacity
Responses will be used to undertake an assessment of your organisation's technical and professional ability to provide the goods/services. Where the Potential Supplier is a SPV and not intending to be the main provider of the goods or services, the information requested should be provided in respect of the principal intended provider of the goods or services.
Have candidates already been selected?
No
An electronic auction will be used
No
Time-limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
08-06-2015  12:00
Language or languages in which tenders or requests to participate can be drawn up
Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
About STA. The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) is an executive agency of the Department for Education. The STA's main functions are to: — develop high quality and rigorous national curriculum tests and assessments in line with Ministerial policy, — undertake operational delivery of national curriculum tests and assessment (including printing, distribution, marking and data capture of tests as appropriate), — support schools and other stakeholders to deliver national curriculum tests and assessments, — support and implement arrangements for moderation of teacher assessment judgements. STA is responsible for developing and delivering the national curriculum tests and assessments and ensuring their proper and safe production and administration. These assessments operate across Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and key stages 1, 2 and 3 and are used by a wide range of maintained and other schools. Further information about STA and the national curriculum tests and assessments can be found at www.education.gov.uk/assessments Background. The DfE will use a new reception baseline assessment to capture the starting point from which the progress that schools make with their pupils will be measured. The content of the reception baseline will reflect the knowledge and understanding of children at the start of reception, and will be clearly linked to the learning and development requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and key stage 1 national curriculum in English and Mathematics. The reception baseline will be administered within the first half term of a pupil's entry to a reception class. Data from the reception baseline will be used to hold schools to account; it must therefore be valid and reliable. Although the reception baseline suppliers are undertaking some activities to quality assure the data they submit, their customer/supplier relationship with schools means that additional central quality assurance will be required. The reception baseline is a new assessment and the Department has not quality assured assessments of this nature before. As a result, we need to pilot and evaluate different approaches to see what works. The Requirement. STA are looking to procure a supplier to work with us to determine appropriate models for assuring the national data from the reception baseline. Once models have been determined, STA will agree up to three approaches to be implemented by the supplier in small scale pilots during September/October 2015. The supplier will also be responsible for evaluating the approaches using evidence from the pilots with the aim of recommending an approach to be implemented from September 2016. Key Supplier Requirements: — organisational capability and experience of designing and conducting quality assurance processes in an educational environment, — proven experience in delivering a product to time and quality using an agreed methodology, — ability to source and train appropriately qualified representatives, — ability to collate and analyse data to evaluate options, — based on evidence received make recommendations, — ensure the security of information. The contract value is 250 000 GBP (excluding VAT) for the period 1.7.2015 to 31.1.2016. Should the Department implement the optional contract extension, the maximum whole life contract cost shall not exceed 400 000 GBP (excluding VAT). Please note that contract requirements will be subject to available financial resources, supplier performance and flexibility to meet changing demands.
Legal form to be taken by the grouping of suppliers, contractors or service providers to whom the contract is to be awarded
Company, Prime Contractor, Joint Venture, or Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). In the event that a consortia bid is successful the Authority will anticipate the creation of an appropriate legal vehicle/SPV to provide satisfaction on capacity.
Reference number attributed to the notice by the contracting authority
STA 00122 Reception Baseline Assessments Quality Assurance
Delivery Locations
The buyer has restricted the alert for this notice to suppliers based in the following regions.
Further information can be obtained at
yes
Specifications and further documents can be obtained at
yes
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to
yes
A public contract
yes
The setting up of a Dynamic Purchasing System
no
The establishment of a framework agreement
no
Framework agreement with a single operators
no
Framework agreement with several operators
no
The contract is restricted to sheltered workshops
no
The execution of the contract is restricted to the framework of sheltered employment programmes
no
Open
yes
Accelerated restricted
no
Accelerated negotiated
no
Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated
no
Prior Information Notice
yes
Notice on a Buyer Profile
no
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
yes
National or federal agency/Office
no
Regional or local Authority
no
Regional or local Agency/Office
no
Body governed by public law
no
European Institution/Agency or International Organisation
no
General public services
no
Defence
no
Public order and safety
no
Environment
no
Economic and financial affairs
no
Health
no
Housing and community amenities
no
Social protection
no
Recreation, culture and religion
no
Education
yes
Restricted
yes
Negotiated
no
Competitive dialogue
no

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