Published date: 26 March 2021

This notice was replaced on 2 September 2021

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Awarded contract (published 2 September 2021, last edited 14 September 2021)

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Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract

£132,000 to £6,700,000

Procurement reference


Published date

26 March 2021

Closing date

3 May 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

1 July 2021

Contract end date

30 June 2024

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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School Resource Management Advisers Programme

Since 2017 ESFA has developed the role of School Resource Management Advisers (SRMAs) to provide direct support to academy trusts and local authorities to help them identify opportunities to improve their approach to resource management. This is part of ESFA's overarching objective to help improve outcomes for pupils by schools getting the best value from their resources.
SRMAs are sector experts, such as practicing school business professionals or head teachers with specific expert knowledge in resource management. Each SRMA has to go through an accreditation process to ensure they have the appropriate skills and knowledge to carry out the role. ESFA currently has contracts in place for the accreditation and supply of SRMAs through to August 2021.
Due to the success of the programme to date, we are looking to ensure the continued supply of SRMAs though to August 2024. ESFA wishes to contract with up to four organisations for the supply of a minimum of 50 Accredited Persons, to deliver a total of 200 Accredited Persons across the framework per year over the next three years. This will involve both the continued supply of SRMAs already accredited and the recruitment and training of new SRMAs to support the programme. The contracts will commence in September 2021 once the current contracts have ended.

The second procurement opportunity seeks one organisation to develop and deliver a consistent induction service and a robust accreditation process for all SRMA candidates that are sourced by the sourcing supplier(s). This will build on the process already developed with the current contractor and will also involve the development of a new training element for SRMA candidates. This contract will also commence on 1 July 2021.

Chief Finance Officer Mentoring Pilot

In addition to the above, we now wish to complement this programme with a Chief Finance Officer (CFO) mentoring pilot by providing longer term support to academy trust CFOs working in some of the most challenging situations; those in trusts in intervention or with some financial difficulties, those in trusts that are growing and those that are new to the sector. The duration for this contract will be 14 months, from 1 July 2021 to 31 August 2022.
ESFA will work with a Supplier who will identify, recruit, screen, induct and manage a minimum of 50 individuals (mentors) to fulfil the CFO mentoring programme. The supplier will oversee the mentoring process, ensuring the relationships are on target and will work with ESFA to unblock any issues. The Supplier will also lead on developing an evaluation for the pilot, working closely with ESFA to agree the best way to do this.
By providing sustained support, a CFO mentoring programme can play a key role in building capacity and capability for effective financial management within the academies sector.

More information

Previous notice about this procurement

School Resource Management Advisers (SRMAs) Supply and Accreditation procurement

  • Future opportunity
  • Published 16 March 2021


Additional text

This procurement is split into 3 lots.

Lot 1 - Chief Finance Officer Mentoring Pilot
Lot 2 - Supply of SRMAs
Lot 3 - Accreditation of SRMAs

Lot 1 will be a 14 month contract with a budget of £132k
Lots 2 and 3 are 3 year contracts with a combined budget of £6.7m

The Authority will be administering the procurement process electronically via Jaggaer, the Authority e-Procurement Solution (e-PS) portal.

No hard copy documents will be issued and all communications with the Authority (including submission of Tenders) must be conducted via Jaggaer.

About the buyer

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Sanctuary Buildings