In light of the upcoming procurement framework in the education sector, the REC has produced a ‘one stop shop’ with all relevant information for our members. This will be updated on a regular basis, to ensure our members are kept up to date with changes as and when they happen.
The Crown Commercial Service have given several reasons for introducing a framework for supply teachers, these include:
CCS have created a procurement page that contains the Prior Information Notice and other details of the procurement exercise to source supply teachers for the public education sector.
For SME members the following guide produced by the Cabinet Office and CCS on ‘Doing business with government: guide for SMEs’ provides some useful tips on bidding for government contracts.
The glossary is an extract from an existing Crown Commercial Service invitation to tender document. The invitation to tender documents that CCS will produce will contain the information and instructions that you need to submit a tender that meets their requirements. The glossary explains some of the terminology that you may come across whilst reviewing the tender documentation and it will be useful to review the glossary before the OJEU Contract Notice is published.
Click the link to view the Crown Commercial Service Glossary
Based on their current understanding, the CCS have put forward the following indicative timescales for each phase of the procurement exercise:
|Finalise strategy and business case including internal and external peer review and approvals||October - November|
|Sourcing function: development / finalisation of OJEU documentation (approx. 6 weeks)||November - December|
Tender activity: 120 day target from OJEU release to award - activities include:
|Framework award||August 2018|
|Framework commencement||August-September 2018|
To be notified of the OJEU contract notice, members should register on the TED website. We will keep members informed via this webpage and other REC communications.
In response to questions from REC members,and other stakeholders, the CCS produced the following FAQ document in July 2018. Following the CCS webinar hosted by the REC in March 2018, CCS have also produced a further FAQ document addressing the questions raised during the webinar. If you have any questions which you feel are not addressed in the document, please do contact the CCS on SupplyTeachers@crowncommercial.gov.uk
The OJEU Contract Notice has been issued on 26 April 2018 and can be accessed using this link (please see OJEU Notice and tender documents at the bottom of the webpage).
For general notifications, we encourage members to register on the TED (Tenders Electronic Daily) website and/or Bravo Solution. The government contracts finder is another source that gives email updates.
Part of the selection criteria to be awarded a place on the framework includes demonstrating your technical and professional capability.To ensure best practice for safeguarding and compliance in the sector, one of the requirements to supply teachers under the framework is to hold an accredited compliance product which the CCS confirmed includes REC Audited Education, alongside a number of other equivalent compliance products. (please note that an agency can be working towards this requirement when they submit their bids, but must hold the certificate to begin supplying).
Please find more information on REC Audited Education here.
The REC has held two sectors events with the CCS to give our members regular updates on the framework and the ability to pose questions directly to the CCS and DfE. These occurred on the 1 March 2017 and 13 June 2017.
For those members who were unable to attend these events, we hosted a webinar on the 28 June. A full recording of which is available here.
This is set out in the FAQ document which has been provided by CCS (see the FAQs tab).