Published date: 23 April 2020

Last edited date: 20 May 2020

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Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

23 April 2020

Approach to market date

26 May 2020

Contract start date

3 August 2020

Contract end date

31 July 2023

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The Department for Education (DfE) is looking to engage a minimum of two Outstanding schools to design and deliver bespoke leadership training programmes. Successful grant applications will reflect a knowledge-rich curriculum, direct instruction and a strong focus on behaviour management.

This upcoming opportunity relates to grant funding which will be provided to schools to deliver 3-year pilot programmes up to a maximum value of £250k per annum, subject to continued government funding and successful annual delivery.

The competitive grant process will aim to secure a minimum of two Outstanding schools to act as providers of new 'Exemplary Leadership Programmes' (ELPs). They will:

- Devise and deliver a training and development programme for other school leaders based on their schools' approach to education, grounded in a knowledge-rich curriculum, high expectations for all pupils, direct instruction and strong behaviour management;
- Target this offer at schools and leaders who are most likely to benefit from such training and development, based on a willingness to embrace different methods and also by aligning with other departmental initiatives
- Operate in such a way that we are able to clearly monitor the impact of the programme on the behaviour of participants and the impacts on pupils in their schools;
- Show a clear plan for future financial sustainability; and,
- Share learning with the department to enable us to adjust our wider leadership offer in the future, based on the evidence gathered during the programme.

These programmes will work as pilots, to determine the extent to which the success of the schools who have adopted this approach is replicable in other schools.

More information



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Please revisit this notice periodically for any updates regarding this opportunity.

PRE-TENDER BRIEFING: Prior to this competition, we will be running an early market engagement event via Skype on Tuesday 12th May (14:00) to provide an overview of our finalised requirements and highlight the upcoming procurement process. UPDATE: The slides and a Q&A from this event are now attached.

This grant competition will be run via the DfE's e-tendering portal, Jaggaer. It is recommended that to avoid missing out, interested organisations register on this system as soon as possible. Links to the site and related guidance can be found via the following link:

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Contact name

Department for Education


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