Published date: 24 May 2021

This notice was replaced on 25 June 2021

This notice does not contain the most up-to-date information about this procurement. The most recent notice is:

Awarded contract (published 17 November 2021, last edited 17 November 2021)

Closed early engagement

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

  • Guidance and counselling services - 85312300

  • Counselling services - 85312320

Location of contract

Any region

Procurement reference


Published date

24 May 2021

Closing date

10 June 2021

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The purpose of this Early Engagement Notice is to inform the market about a forthcoming market engagement event related to a potential upcoming procurement of a new mental health and wellbeing support package for school leaders. It is the Department for Education's (DfE) intention to undertake a procurement exercise to appoint a suitably experienced organisation to deliver this provision from autumn 2021.

A pilot was set up to provide professional supervision, through online peer to peer support and one to one counselling, to school leaders. Following the completion of the pilot, the Department is now assessing the next phase of this provision, which will build on the evidence from the pilot and aim to offer tailored mental health and wellbeing support to school leaders, as part of the Department's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department will be undertaking an online event at 11.30am on 10 June for interested parties. The event is anticipated to last 1.5 hours. The event will give interested parties an understanding of the aims of the procurement and an opportunity to input into the development of proposals.

To participate in this market engagement event please register your interest in the opportunity via DfEs e-Tendering portal - Jaggaer:

Once your organisation has expressed their interest in the opportunity event details and joining instructions will be issued.

Procurement is expected to commence in mid-June, with a contract awarded by September 2021. More information on the procurement process will be provided following market engagement activity.

This notice is for information only and is not a call for competition. The Department reserves the right not to enter a formal procurement process and not award a contract. Accordingly, the Authority will not be liable for any bid cost, expenditure, work, or effort incurred by a provider in acting on the basis of this PIN. Attendance at the market engagement event is not a pre-requisite for being able to submit a tender against this opportunity.

All future engagement regarding this opportunity will take place via Jaggaer and be advertised on Contracts Finder and Find a Tender Service.

All information included in this notice is indicative and subject to change.

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