Published date: 26 April 2019

Last edited date: 26 April 2019

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: 3 May 2019

Contract summary


  • Social work and related services - 85300000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

26 April 2019

Closing date

3 May 2019

Contract start date

3 June 2019

Contract end date

31 March 2020

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (below threshold)

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

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

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There is research that indicates different forms of diversity help all students achieve better. But is there a tipping point for better educational achievement and higher social mobility outcomes?

We know that sorting of the school population is heavily influenced by parental choice. In some cases, parents choose to send their children to independent schools. Seven per cent of the secondary school population are educated in independent schools, but we know that these children come from the upper deciles of the household income distribution. In other cases, parents purchase houses in the catchment areas of very good state-funded schools. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils at the most academically successful state schools is low.

The Social Mobility Commission wants to understand the impact of social selectivity on educational attainment. We are also interested in the wider implications on young people and on society more broadly of the level of their schooling diversity. Ultimately, we are interested in the impact of social selectivity on social mobility.

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Social Mobility Commission
Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street