Published date: 23 May 2018

Last edited date: 23 May 2018

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 3 June 2018

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

23 May 2018

Closing date

3 June 2018

Contract start date

2 July 2018

Contract end date

30 November 2020

Contract type

Not applicable

Procedure type

Open procedure (below threshold)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

This procedure can be used for procurements below the relevant contract value threshold.

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The Department for Education is launching a pilot to extend the reach of 'Outstanding' Initial Teacher Training providers into challenging areas of the country.

We announced in an October 2017 Press Release that we would, "Support our best teacher trainer providers ... to expand their reach into challenging areas ... so more areas benefit from excellent teacher training, and help increase the supply of great teachers to the schools that need them the most."

Currently there are variations in teacher supply challenges across the country, often at school level, including (but not exclusively) some poor-performing schools struggling to recruit the teachers they need to improve their outcomes. While expansion in school-led teacher training provision has been successful, the increase in national training capacity has not yet delivered new supply to some schools most in need of new teachers.

The department intends to incentivise 'Outstanding' ITT providers to expand their provision in challenging areas for teacher recruitment including to schools not currently involved in ITT that are Ofsted Category 3 or 4. This is intended to improve the supply of trainee teachers, promote school improvement through ITT, support teacher retention, and remove obstacles to social mobility in these regions and their schools.

Bids might target one or more of the category 5 and 6 'Achieving Excellence Areas' and/or one or more of the 12 Opportunity areas. Providers may also propose any other area as long as they supply compelling evidence of teacher supply need and impact in their bids. Providers should ensure that they utilise current published data, including, but not limited to the recently published Teachers Analysis Compendium 3.

More information


Additional text

Expression of Intent

In order to be eligible to make a submission, you must first submit an Expression of Intent form to, stating your accredited provider name, target expansion region, partner schools (where known), and provider contact information.

The Expression of Intent form confirms that you have consulted with colleagues and potential partners, including schools, and that you will be working on a submission for this exercise. You are not obliged to submit a bid if you express intent, but you cannot submit a bid if you have not submitted the Expression of Intent form by the stated deadline.

The Expression of Intent form should be submitted to the department by 30th April 2018, and is available as an attachment, and in the bidding documentation

Eligibility restricted to Ofsted 'Outstanding' accredited ITT providers.

Please note that this is a grant.

About the buyer


ITT Market Management Team
Piccadilly Gate, Store Street,
M1 2WD