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Notice Summary

Title:
UK-London: Online Schools Quality Assurance (PIN)
Document Ref:
GB003ZM311356
Document Type:
Contract Notice - Other
Published By:
Department for Education
Date Published:
11 October 2019
Deadline Date:
08 January 2020
Document Source:
Framework/DPS:
No
Alert Profile:
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Notice Abstract

Online Schools Quality Assurance - Prior Information Notice DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES : A feasibility study has taken place to look at the possibility of a voluntary accreditation and registration scheme for online schools. There is a growing market of online schools in England, who offer a full curriculum, and/or represent a child's main or only source of formal education. The sector is developing rapidly and now encompasses a wide range of providers. The number of children educated by online providers is relatively small as a proportion of the school system as a whole, but the sector is expanding and forms a major part of non-standard education provision. As a result of the consultation in to online schools the DfE intend to launch a voluntary registration scheme for online schools providers. Online schools providers will have to meet certain standards, similar to those for independent schools in England, in order to be accredited by the DfE. The DfE are seeking to appoint a Quality Assurance Body that will carry out inspections against the non-statutory online school standards (OSS), and report to the department on their findings. We anticipate that online schools will be re-inspected within a four year period to allow their accreditation to continue. The competitive process to appoint a Quality Assurance Body will result in a concession contract being awarded, for a proposed period of at least two years, with the successful provider carrying out the QA inspections for DfE during this period. The value of the contract will become clear during the procurement process. It is proposed that there will be no payment by the DfE for this work; the funding for the successful bidder will derive from the fee structure agreed to be charged to online schools and the number of schools joining the scheme.

Notice Details

CONTRACT NOTICE – NATIONAL

SERVICES

1 Authority Details

1.1

Authority Name and Address

Department for Education
N/A
London UK
N/A N/A
OnlineSchools.consultation@education.gov.uk N/A

1.2

Address from which documentation may be obtained

As in 1.1

1.3

Completed documents must be returned to:

As in 1.1

2 Contract Details

2.1

Title

Online Schools Quality Assurance (PIN)

2.2

Description of the goods or services required

Online Schools Quality Assurance - Prior Information Notice

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES :

A feasibility study has taken place to look at the possibility of a voluntary accreditation and registration scheme for online schools. There is a growing market of online schools in England, who offer a full curriculum, and/or represent a child's main or only source of formal education.

The sector is developing rapidly and now encompasses a wide range of providers. The number of children educated by online providers is relatively small as a proportion of the school system as a whole, but the sector is expanding and forms a major part of non-standard education provision.

As a result of the consultation in to online schools the DfE intend to launch a voluntary registration scheme for online schools providers. Online schools providers will have to meet certain standards, similar to those for independent schools in England, in order to be accredited by the DfE. The DfE are seeking to appoint a Quality Assurance Body that will carry out inspections against the non-statutory online school standards (OSS), and report to the department on their findings. We anticipate that online schools will be re-inspected within a four year period to allow their accreditation to continue.

The competitive process to appoint a Quality Assurance Body will result in a concession contract being awarded, for a proposed period of at least two years, with the successful provider carrying out the QA inspections for DfE during this period.

The value of the contract will become clear during the procurement process. It is proposed that there will be no payment by the DfE for this work; the funding for the successful bidder will derive from the fee structure agreed to be charged to online schools and the number of schools joining the scheme.

2.3

Notice Coding and Classification

2.4

Total quantity or scope of tender

Location of contract Any region

3 Conditions for Participation

3.1

Minimum standards and qualification required

4 Administrative Information

4.1

Type of Procedure

The procedure type is unknown.

4.2

Reference number attributed to the notice by the contracting authority

n/a

4.3

Time Limits

   08-01-2020  Time 12:00

4.5

Language or languages in which tenders or requests to participate can be drawn up

EN 

4.6

Tender Submission Postbox

5 Other Information

5.1

Additional Information

Please visit the following portal to view this notice:

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/1d3281d0-7d39-4030-b588-8be98abe7bb7?p=@QxUlRRPT0=NjJNT08=UF

Closing date 08 January 2020

(MT Ref:311356)

5.2

Additional Documentation

5.3

Publication date of this notice

 10-10-2019

Current Notes