Published date: 20 April 2021

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Closing: 4 June 2021, 12pm

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

  • Higher education services - 80300000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

20 April 2021

Closing date

4 June 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

18 February 2022

Contract end date

18 February 2028

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Competitive procedure with negotiation (above threshold)

Anyone may ask to participate, but only those who are pre-selected will be invited to submit initial tenders and to negotiate.

This procedure can be used for procurements above the relevant contract value threshold.

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The Department is seeking to appoint a Contractor under a framework agreement to establish and operate an institute of teaching (the "Institute"). This Institute will become England's flagship teacher and leader development provider, exemplifying delivery of Initial Teacher Training (ITT), the Early Career Framework (ECF), National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) and the National Leaders of Education (NLE) development programme. The Institute will also support other organisations to understand and implement best practice and evidence in teacher development delivery.

The Framework Agreement will commence on or around 18/02/2022 and last for a duration of 6 years; the Department being satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances related to new and unique nature of the Institute that justify this duration.

The Department anticipates awarding a number of Call-off Contracts under the Framework Agreement first for Establishment and Mobilisation and of the Institute and ITT requirements and thereafter for other Services as set out above. The Call-off Contracts may vary in duration but may last up to 36 months. The Call-off Contracts may be extended, wholly at the Department's discretion, to a maximum period of not more than a duration equal to their original terms.

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The Department's vision for the Institute is to be England's flagship training and development provider, giving a new generation of teachers and leaders the expertise they need to drive up standards in our schools. Opening in September 2022, it will be the first organisation of its kind, designing and delivering a coherent teacher development pathway from trainee through to executive headship and system leadership.

The Institute will be led by a world-leading faculty of expert teacher educators and base its teacher development on the best available research evidence about 'what works', as set out in the ITT, ECF, NPQ and NLE frameworks.

Learning ever more about the most effective and efficient methods to develop trainees, teachers and leaders is critical to the success of the Department's teacher development reforms. The Institute will use its national profile to make sure that teacher development in England goes from strength to strength. It will receive additional funding to strengthen and develop the evidence base on how to train and develop teachers most effectively. In doing this, the Institute will work in collaboration with other organisations,- - including the new Teaching School Hubs, - so the whole sector can improve together.

The Institute will have two principal roles:

- Exemplifying how to deliver ITT, the ECF, NPQs, and the NLE development programmes as part of one coherent teacher development pathway from trainee through to executive headship and system leadership. The Institute will have a particular focus on how these programmes can be delivered for maximum impact. It will use expert understanding of evidence to inform and implement effective delivery approaches, create a world-leading faculty of subject specialists and expert teacher educators, and develop models of school partnership and placement that maximise the impact of school-based training experiences. More information about the requirements for the Institute's "exemplary delivery" is included in the Service Specification, as part of the tender documents.

- Supporting other organisations to understand and implement best practice and evidence in teacher development delivery. As part of this role, the Institute will work collaboratively across the teacher development sector to: contribute to the development of the teacher development evidence base by conducting primary research; synthesise and translate existing evidence; and expertly communicate the practical implications of research to the sector, supporting the ongoing improvement of the whole teacher development sector.

Further information can be found within the tender documents

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