Published date: 8 June 2020

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: 6 July 2020

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

8 June 2020

Closing date

6 July 2020

Contract start date

1 September 2020

Contract end date

31 July 2023

Contract type

Not applicable

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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The Department for Education (DfE) is looking to engage a minimum of two Outstanding schools to design and deliver bespoke leadership training programmes. Successful grant applications will reflect a knowledge-rich curriculum, direct instruction and a strong focus on behaviour management.

This opportunity relates to grant funding which will be provided to deliver 3-year pilot programmes up to a maximum value of £250k per annum per programme, subject to continued government funding and successful annual delivery.
This competitive grant process aims to secure a minimum of two Outstanding schools to act as providers of new 'Exemplary Leadership Programmes' (ELPs). They will:
- Devise and deliver a training and development programme for other school leaders based on their schools' approach to education, grounded in a knowledge-rich curriculum, high expectations for all pupils, direct instruction and strong behaviour management;
- Target this offer at schools and leaders who are most likely to benefit from such training and development, based on a willingness to embrace different methods and also by aligning with other departmental initiatives ;
- Operate in such a way that we are able to clearly monitor the impact of the programme on the behaviour of participants and the impacts on pupils in their schools;
- Show a clear plan for future financial sustainability; and,
- Share learning with the department to enable us to adjust our wider leadership offer in the future, based on the evidence gathered during the programme.
These programmes will work as pilots, to determine the extent to which the success of the schools who have adopted this approach is replicable in other schools.

More information

Previous notice about this procurement

Exemplary Leadership Programme

  • Future opportunity
  • Published 23 April 2020, last edited 20 May 2020



Additional text

Slides and a Q&A document from an early market engagement event, held on Tuesday 12 May 2020 are attached for information.

This grant competition is accessible via the DfE's e-tendering portal, Jaggaer. Links to the site and related guidance can be found via the following link:

About the buyer


Department for Education, Agora Building, Cumberland Place