Published date: 19 May 2016

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

Closing: 14 June 2016

Contract summary


  • Educational software package - 48190000

  • Program testing software package - 48986000

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

    • Market research services - 79310000

    • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

South West

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

19 May 2016

Closing date

14 June 2016

Contract start date

24 June 2016

Contract end date

25 July 2016

Contract type

Supply contract

Procedure type

Open procedure

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

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



HEFCE wishes to procure a non-discipline specific set of questions that will be used for the National Mixed Methodology Learning Gain, that focus on the following elements of cognitive skills:

• Problem solving - the ability to examine a broad range of information, recognising patterns and selectively narrowing the information in order to resolve a problem. This can also involve creating innovative solutions, integrating information and highlighting possibilities that others may not grasp.
• Critical thinking - involves decision making, formulating inferences, and calculating likelihoods.

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More information


Additional text

* Please note this event has been extended to Tuesday 14June 2016 14:00

Award information

Awarded date

24 June 2016

Contract start date

24 June 2016

Contract end date

25 July 2016

Total value of contract


This contract was awarded to 1 supplier.

Cambridge English Language Assessment


1 Hills Road



Supplier is SME?


Supplier is VCSE?


About the buyer


North Star House
North Star Avenue


Closing: 14 June 2016