Published date: 4 November 2016

Last edited date: 23 January 2020

Awarded contract - This means that the contract has been awarded to a supplier.

Closing: 30 October 2015

Contract summary


  • Research and development services and related consultancy services - 73000000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

4 November 2016

Closing date

30 October 2015

Contract start date

22 May 2016

Contract end date

31 December 2020

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure

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

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England, Wales and Northern Ireland participate in international comparison studies to benchmark our education policy and performance against other countries, review our system strengths and weaknesses in an international context, and monitor trends over time according to independent measures. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is one such study. The Department for Education, Welsh Government and Department of Education Northern Ireland require the contractor to deliver the following high-level objectives:
• Provide the role of National Project Manager and National Centre for England, Northern Ireland and Wales to the OECD and their international contractors.
• Administer PISA 2018 (core and selected optional components) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to the OECD's international project specification, meeting strict operational and response rate requirements.
• Undertake the sampling, data collection, coding and data cleaning requirements for the PISA 2018 study (including optional elements where appropriate), and requested national data analysis in addition to that undertaken by the international consortium.
• Develop and deliver an appropriate communication and dissemination plan, which ensures the key findings from the PISA 2018 study are shared and understood within the national context of each of England, Northern Ireland and Wales. As a minimum, this should include the publication of a national PISA 2018 research report outlining the key findings for education policy design and delivery for each of England, Northern Ireland and Wales, to coincide with the publication of international findings.

Award information

Awarded date

18 March 2016

Contract start date

22 May 2016

Contract end date

31 December 2020

Total value of contract


This contract was awarded to 1 supplier.

National Foundation for Educational Research


The Mere
Upton Park



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About the buyer

Contact name

David Charlton


Learning and Conference Centre, Triumph Road