Published date: 14 February 2019

Last edited date: 12 March 2020

Open opportunity - This means that the contract is currently active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to fulfil the contract.

Closing: 10 March 2021

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

14 February 2019

Closing date

10 March 2021

Contract start date

11 March 2021

Contract end date

11 March 2021

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Call off from a Dynamic Purchasing System

A mini-competition or direct purchase from a pre-established dynamic purchasing system.

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Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



To be sourced and invited to respond to opportunities published via the 'Education and Children's Social Care' Dynamic Purchasing System (ECSC DPS) you will need to be an approved member of the ECSC DPS prior to the issue of the opportunity you are interested in, please be aware access to tenders that have been issued prior to you becoming an approved member of the ECSC DPS cannot be granted retrospectively.

In order to apply to join the ECSC DPS you will need to be registered on the Proactis e procurement system. Once registered please follow the guidance steps carefully, ensuring you have selected the Department for Education as an organisation you wish to engage with and also expressed your interest in joining the ECSC DPS . Additionally you should allow at least six full working days for your application to join the ECSC DPS to be processed.

It is also crucial that you select the appropriate ECSC DPS skill set categories within your account profile that identify the services you can deliver. Opportunities are only issued to approved ECSC DPS members which have selected the skill set categories that match those of the requirement.

Please pay careful attention to the guidance available under 'Links' which will guide you through both the DFE registration and ECSC DPS application process

This notice pertains to the establishment of a Dynamic Purchasing System being procured under the Light- Touch Regime pursuant to regulation 74 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

The system will be run via the Proactis platform, referred to as 'Redimo2' The planned go-live date for the system is 11th March 2016, allowing a period of time from 9th February for population of the system via open and fair process.

The DPS will be applicable across the whole department and comprise several lots. The proposed lots and required associates are as follows, but not limited to:

A range of educational associates including:
- Assessors
- Brokers
- Coaches
- Children's services commissioners
- support
- Children's social care intervention advisers
- Development of practitioner networks
- Evaluators
- Facilitators
- Mentors
- Practitioners
- Programme design and development
- Quality assurance
- Researchers
- Speakers
- Operational development and delivery
- Trainers
- Writers

The DPS will run from 11th March 2016 to 11th March 2021 or 11th March 2022 if the option to extend for 2 years is taken.

The estimated value is up to 6 500 000 GBP per year

More information



Additional text

Participants will be able to express their interest via the opportunities section of the Redimo2 proactis portal. Registration on the proactis portal is required prior to this.

The initial window for membership applications will close on the 22nd February 2016. The timetable governing the application process can be found in the Invitation to Participate document attached to this notice.

The system does; however, remain open to new members throughout its duration.

The contract start date has been set at the same date as the end date, ie 11 March 2021, which allows this advert to remain live for the duration of the DPS. The actual start date was 11 March 2016.

How to apply

Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.

About the buyer

Contact name

Charlene Pink


Department for Education


Closing: 10 March 2021