Published date: 14 December 2017

This notice was replaced on 29 March 2018

This notice does not contain the most up-to-date information about this procurement. The most recent notice is:

Awarded contract (published 3 December 2018, last edited 3 December 2018)

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Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract

£2,800,000 to £3,400,000

Procurement reference


Published date

14 December 2017

Closing date

19 January 2018

Contract start date

1 April 2018

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.

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



The Department for Education is looking for an exceptional provider to support the free schools programme's important contribution to improving educational outcomes and driving social mobility. The main focus of the work will be on generating high quality applications to the programme for new schools in areas of educational underperformance.

We are looking for bids that set out a clear strategy for creating and providing a high quality service. Bids must also demonstrate that the provider has the capability to deliver that strategy effectively and provide good value for money.

About the buyer

Contact name

Jamie Zucker


Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street