Published date: 15 January 2021

Last edited date: 15 January 2021

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: 26 February 2021, 12am

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

15 January 2021

Closing date

26 February 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

1 October 2021

Contract end date

30 September 2025

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

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

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

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The Department for Education (DfE) is seeking multiple providers to design and deliver Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses supporting recruitment to Initial Teacher Training (ITT). A framework agreement will replace the grant funding model currently in place for the SKE programme, and will be the only means of drawing down funding from the DfE for SKE courses delivered from October 2021.

SKE is a key part of the Department's teacher supply strategy and supports recruitment to ITT in hard-to-recruit subjects. It is for applicants who have a conditional offer of a place on an ITT programme. SKE programmes are designed to help these applicants gain the depth of subject knowledge needed to train to teach in their chosen subject.

SKE courses:
- support conditional offers to places on ITT courses or High Potential Initial Teacher Training (HPITT) programmes;
- must only be offered to Participants who, without SKE, would be highly unlikely to meet the subject knowledge requirements of the Teachers' Standards by the time their ITT course is complete;
- enable Participants to train to teach their chosen subject;
- need to include a mechanism for informing the ITT provider of progress made by the Participant on completion of the course;
- must end before the Participant completes their ITT course and before a recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is made; and,
- cannot be longer than the minimum duration recommended by the ITT provider to address the subject knowledge gaps of a Participant.

For more information on the service requirement, the procurement process and to access the tender documents please go to:

Please note: The estimated value is the maximum budget for funding SKE courses over the term of the framework agreement and includes both provider payments and participant bursary payments. Acceptance onto the framework will not guarantee any funding and individual call-offs will be made on the instruction of the participant undertaking the SKE course.

Please note: There is no restriction on the number of providers that can be appointed to the framework and the Department intends to run subsequent procurements on an annual basis to appoint further providers to deliver SKE training courses.

Closing date for the receipt of Tenders is 26 February 2021 at 17:00.

More information


Additional text

Two Microsoft Team facilitated Tender Information Sessions will be delivered. The sessions will be identical and will provide more detail about the service requirements and a walkthrough of the tender documents, including, how to submit a compliant tender, which is likely to be of interest to potential providers who are not familiar with public procurement and/or feel they need additional support to access this opportunity. The first session will take place on 26 January 2021 at 11:30am. The second session will take place on 8 February 2021 at 12:00pm. The sessions are expected to last 2 hours and details of how to register for these events will be presented in the tender documents.

In meeting the commercial objectives for social value for this procurement, the Department intend to apply the strategic theme of Covid-19 recovery and a related question will account for 10% of the overall evaluation score.

Closing date for the receipt of Tenders is 26 February 2021 at 17:00.

About the buyer


Sanctuary Buildings, 20, Great Smith Street