Published date: 14 December 2017

Last edited date: 14 December 2017

Closed early engagement

Closing date: 19 January 2018

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

Any region

Procurement reference


Published date

14 December 2017

Closing date

19 January 2018


See 'Attachments' for full description and further information. The purpose of the Future Talent Fund is to test and evaluate 'what works' to support the most academically able, disadvantaged students in non-selective, state-funded secondary schools in England to fulfil their potential. The Future Talent Fund will build an evidence base on good practice for this cohort, by trialling projects in schools, identifying clear delivery mechanisms for provision, and encouraging more evidence-led interventions for spending Pupil Premium funding.

We are seeking a contractor who will be responsible for managing the Future Talent Fund. This will include: warming the market for potential projects; assessing bids and recommending to DfE the funding of projects; managing approved projects; procuring independent evaluation, and disseminating the findings.
The Fund is expected to support grants worth £21m over its lifetime (2018-20). The Government will provide £16m of this. The contractor will also be responsible for raising at least £5m additional funding to contribute to the fund; this will supplement DfE funding. The additional funding will come from a variety of alternative sources, but not from state-funded schools.

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DfE is holding a briefing session at Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BT on Friday 5th January 2018, from 14:00 to 16:00. If you wish to attend, please send the name of your organisation and the name and contact details of those wishing to attend (no more than 2 people per organisation) to

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