Published date: 14 May 2021

Last edited date: 17 April 2023

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

Closing: 23 December 2020, 12pm

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, London, South East, South West

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

14 May 2021

Closing date

23 December 2020

Closing time


Contract start date

4 May 2021

Contract end date

31 October 2027

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 Secretary of State for Education, through the Department for Education (the Authority) undertook a Competitive Procedure with Negotiation (CPN) procurement to appoint a contractor to deliver a single national (England) contract (the "Contract"), for the provision of the High Potential Initial Teacher Training and Leadership Development Programme ("the Programme").

The Contract will provide the recruitment of and delivery of teacher training to two cohorts (the "2022 Cohort" and the "2023 Cohort") of high-quality graduates and career changers. The contractor will be required to commence the recruitment activities for the 2022 Cohort on or before October 2021.

The Initial Contract Period shall commence on the date on which the contractor begins to deliver the services and shall expire in October 2025, subject to earlier termination in accordance with the provisions of the Contract with an option, at the Authority's discretion, to extend the Contract for a further period or periods of up to a maximum of 24 months in duration.

The contractor is required to design and develop a high quality and innovative Programme to deliver the following services which are described further in the Procurement Documents:

- Attraction of Candidates
- Candidate Recruitment and Selection
- Initial Teacher Training
- Leadership Development
- Participant Retention and Ongoing Support
- School Recruitment and Placements
- Contractor Management Information
- Programme Evaluation
- Continuous Improvement
- Data Management and Security
- Contractor Performance Management
- Contractor Assurance
- Implementation and Resourcing
- Demobilisation and Exit Planning

The Authority signed the Contract in May 2021 with the activities to attract, recruit and select candidates for the Programme to commence on or before October 2021.

The two cohorts who shall commence the training element of the Programme as follows:

- The 2022 Cohort shall start Year 1 of the Programme by the 30 September 2022 and Year 2 of the Programme by 30 September 2023; and

- The 2023 Cohort shall start Year 1 of the Programme by 30 September 2023 and Year 2 of the Programme by 30 September 2024.

The 2022 Cohort shall complete the Programme by August 2024 and the 2023 Cohort by August 2025.

The Authority anticipates that Contract exit activity for the Initial Contract Period shall be completed by October 2025.

The value of the Contract (including any possible extension period) is one hundred and twelve million seven hundred and thirty three thousand six hundred and seventy one pounds (GBP) (£112,733,671.67) (excluding VAT).

APRIL 2023: An extension to the Contract has been agreed to include cohorts beginning in 2024 and 2025. This option was allowed for within the original Contract. The extension now means the Contract shall be completed by October 2027. A redacted version of the Change Control Notice of the Contract extension is attached to this award notice.

Award information

Awarded date

4 May 2021

Contract start date

4 May 2021

Contract end date

31 October 2027

Total value of contract


This contract was awarded to 1 supplier.

Teach First


6 Mitre Passage, London, Greater London, SE10 0ER, UNITED KINGDOM


Companies House number: 04478840

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