Published date: 23 October 2017

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: 24 November 2017

Contract summary


  • Justice services - 75230000

  • Prison services - 75231230

  • Education and training services - 80000000

    • Adult and other education services - 80400000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

23 October 2017

Closing date

24 November 2017

Contract start date

1 August 2018

Contract end date

31 July 2023

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type


Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



The Ministry of Justice wishes to appoint awarding organisations whose qualifications will be used in adult prisons across England for seven specified curriculum areas. The use of those qualifications will be mandatory for the education providers appointed through the separate procurement processes when delivering learning in specified seven curriculum areas. Award of this contract will be undertaken as a services concessions contracts complying with the Concessions Contracts Regulations 2016.

The requirement will be split into 7 separate lots and are as follows
• Lot 1 - English
• Lot 2 - English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
• Lot 3 - Mathematics
• Lot 4 - Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
• Lot 5 - Catering and Hospitality
• Lot 6 - Construction, planning and the built environment
• Lot 7 - Cleaning and Facilities Management

Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service in Wales and/or organisations delivering education in prisons in Wales may access the concession contract(s) awarded as a result of this procurement but will not be mandated to do so.

More information

Previous notice about this procurement

Prison Education - Common Awarding Organisations

  • Future opportunity
  • Published 22 August 2017, last edited 22 August 2017


Additional text

If you are interested in this opportunity please visit the MOJ eSourcing Portal ( and navigate to the view opportunities section - Prison Education - Common Awarding Organisations. Further details regarding this opportunity are available under the opportunity listing.

How to Express Interest in this Tender:
1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once): and click the link to register - and click 'continue' - Enter your correct business and user details - Note the username you chose and click 'Save' when complete - You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure);

2. Express an Interest in the Tender - Login to the portal with the username/password - Click the 'PQQs / ITTs Open to All Suppliers' link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier) - Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content - Click the 'Express Interest' button at the top of the page - This will move the PQQ /ITT into your 'My PQQs/ My ITTs' page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only) - You can now access any attachments by clicking 'Buyer Attachments' in the 'PQQ/ ITT Details' box;

3. Responding to the Tender - Click 'My Response' under 'PQQ/ ITT Details', you can choose to 'Create Response' or to 'Decline to Respond' (please give a reason if declining) - You can now use the 'Messages' function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification - Note the deadline for completion, then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT - There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available). You must then submit your reply using the 'Submit Response' button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help or contact the eTendering help desk.

About the buyer


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