Published date: 1 June 2020

Closed early engagement

Closing date: 9 June 2020

Contract summary


  • IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support - 72000000

  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract


Procurement reference

project_4375 DSL/ADD/MSE

Published date

1 June 2020

Closing date

9 June 2020

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The purpose of this notice is to alert organisations that deliver Management Information Systems to schools that the Department for Education (DfE) want to engage in discussions to inform a discovery into returning absence data using APIs. This is an opportunity for suppliers to feedback to the DfE in an open forum and therefore supplier participation is key.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak the DfE and wider government has a need for timely (potentially twice daily) pupil and teacher absence data as schools start to return in September. We want to minimise the burden on schools in providing this data. The data will help us build a detailed picture of education provision so that we can focus support more effectively, monitor the impact and ensure safety.

It is envisaged that any solution developed may be expanded to become the preferred method of exchanging data from schools to the DfE.

We intend to use online forums and video conferencing to engage with interested organisations. If you would like to take part please send the following details to by close of business on Tuesday 9 June 2020.

Organisation Name
Management Information System Name
Contact Name
Contact email
Contact telephone number

Places will be restricted to suppliers that provide Management Information Systems to schools with a maximum of 2 attendees per supplier.

The first meeting will take place over Skype at 11am on Wednesday 10 June 2020, please add this date to your calendars.

More information

Additional text

This notice is issued solely for the purpose of undertaking a discovery. Interested parties will not be prejudiced by any response or failure to respond to the notice and a response to this does not guarantee any invitation to participate in this discovery or any future engagement.

The DfE will not accept any proposals offered in response to this notice. The DfE are not liable for any costs, fees, or expenses incurred by any party in replying to the notice or participating in any discussions.

About the buyer

Contact name

Andrew Thompson


Piccadilly Gate,Store Street