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Title: National Rerference Tests, Design, Development and Delivery
Published by: Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)
Publication Date: 26/09/2014
Application Deadline: 10/10/2014
Deadline Date: Cancelled
Deadline Time:
Notice Type: Contract Notice
Has Documents: Yes
Abstract: These will be annual National Reference Tests in English Language and Mathematics to be taken by a sample of year 11 pupils across England (that is, by children aged 15 to 16 years) to provide reliable information on a cohort’s performance in those subjects independent of GCSE examinations. The data from the National Reference Tests will contribute to GCSE awarding.
The contract will cover the development and trialling of the Tests and their annual delivery.
CPV: 73430000, 73300000, 80200000.

CONTRACT NOTICE – OFFICIAL JOURNAL

Section I: Contracting Authority

I.1)

Name, Address and Contact Point(s)


Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)

Spring Place, Coventry Business Park, Herald Avenue

Coventry

CV5 6UB

UK

Procurement

Neil Howes

+44 2476716830



http://ofqual.gov.uk

http://www.mytenders.org/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA29088

www.mytenders.org
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I.2)

Type of contracting Authority and Main Activity or Activities

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No

Section II: Object of the Contract

II.1)

Description

II.1.1)

Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority

National Rerference Tests, Design, Development and Delivery

II.1.2(a))

Type of works contract

II.1.2(b))

Type of supplies contract

II.1.2(c))

Type of service contract

24

II.1.2)

Main site or location of works, place of delivery or performance

UK



UKG33

II.1.3)

This notice involves

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II.1.4)

Information on framework agreement (if applicable)

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Number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged

Duration of the framework agreement

Justification for a framework agreement the duration of which exceeds four years

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Frequency and value of the contracts to be awarded

II.1.5)

Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

These will be annual National Reference Tests in English Language and Mathematics to be taken by a sample of year 11 pupils across England (that is, by children aged 15 to 16 years) to provide reliable information on a cohort’s performance in those subjects independent of GCSE examinations. The data from the National Reference Tests will contribute to GCSE awarding.

The contract will cover the development and trialling of the Tests and their annual delivery.

NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the myTenders Web Site at http://www.myTenders.org/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=140949.

The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the Postbox facility. A user guide is available at http://www.myTenders.org/sitehelp/help_guides.aspx.

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.

II.1.6)

Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV)

73430000
73300000
80200000

II.1.7)

Contract covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

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II.1.8)

Division into lots

No

II.1.9)

Will variants be accepted

Yes

II.2)

Quantity or Scope of the Contract

II.2.1)

Total quantity or scope

500000011000000
GBP

II.2.2)

Options

Provisional timetable for recourse to these options

Number of possible renewals

In the case of renewable supplies or service contracts, estimated time frame for subsequent contracts

II.3)

Duration of the contract or limit for completion

 30-01-2015 29-01-2022

Section III: Legal, Economic, Financial and Technical Information

III.1)

Conditions Relating to the Contract

III.1.1)

Deposits and guarantees required

III.1.2)

Main Terms of financing and payment and/or reference to the relevant provisions

III.1.3)

Legal form to be taken by the grouping of suppliers, contractors or service providers to whom the contract is to be awarded

Refer to ITT

III.1.4)

Other particular conditions to which the performance of the contract is subject

III.2)

Conditions for Participation

III.2.1)

Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers


(1) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they are not bankrupt or the subject of an administration order, are not being wound-up, have not granted a trust deed, are not the subject of a petition presented for sequestration of their estate, have not had a receiver, manager or administrator appointed and are not otherwise apparently insolvent.

(2) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that the candidate, their directors, or any other person who has powers of representation, decision or control of the candidate has not been convicted of conspiracy, corruption, bribery, or money laundering. Failure to provide such a declaration will result in the candidate being declared ineligible and they will not be selected to participate in this procurement process.

(3) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have not been convicted of a criminal offence relating to the conduct of their business or profession.

(4) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have not committed an act of grave misconduct in the course of their business or profession.

(5) Any candidate found to be guilty of serious misrepresentation in providing any information required, may be declared ineligible and not selected to continue with this procurement process.

(6) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or of the relevant State in which the candidate is established.

(7) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or of the relevant State in which the economic operator is established.

III.2.2)

Economic and financial capacity


(1) All candidates will be required to provide evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance.

(2) All candidates will be required to provide a statement, covering the 3 previous financial years including the overall turnover of the candidate and the turnover in respect of the activities which are of a similar type to the subject matter of this notice.

(3) All candidates will be required to provide statements of accounts or extracts from those accounts relating to their business.




III.2.3)

Technical capacity





III.2.4)

Reserved contracts

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III.3)

Conditions Specific to Service Contracts

III.3.1)

Is provision of the service reserved to a specific profession?

No

III.3.2)

Will legal entities be required to state the names and professional qualifications of the personnel responsible for the execution of the service?

Yes

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)

Type of Procedure


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Justification for the choice of accelerated procedure

IV.1.1)

Have candidates already been selected?

No

IV.1.2)

Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates

IV.1.3)

Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

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IV.2)

Award Criteria

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Yes

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IV.2.2)

An electronic auction will be used

No

IV.3 Administrative Information

IV.3.1)

Reference number attributed to the notice by the contracting authority

OF334

IV.3.2)

Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

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2013/S 237-412131 06-12-2013

Other previous publications

IV.3.3)

Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents

 10-10-2014

 


IV.3.4)

Time-limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

 14-11-2014  12:00

IV.3.5)

Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates


IV.3.6)

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

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Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender 

3 

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Conditions for opening tenders



 14-11-2014  12:00
Coventry

Section VI: Other Information

VI.1)

Indicate whether this procurement is a recurrent one and the Estimated timing for further notices to be published


VI.2)

Does the contract relate to a Project/Programme financed by Community Funds?

No



VI.3)

Additional Information

(MT Ref:140949)

VI.4)

Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)

Body responsible for appeal procedures


Legal Dept. Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)

1410 Spring Place, Herald Avenue, Coventry Business Park

Coventry

CV5 6UB

UK

OfqualLegal@ofqual.gov.uk



Body responsible for mediation procedures










VI.4.2)

Lodging of appeals

VI.4.3)

Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained










VI.5)

Dispatch date of this Notice

 26-09-2014

Information added to the notice since publication.

Additional information added to the notice since it's publication.
DateDetails
30/09/2014 15:33OF344 Invitation to Supplier Meeting

Ofqual invites you to attend a meeting of suppliers that are interested in bidding for the National Reference Tests contract. The meeting will be held on Wednesday 8 October 2014, starting at 13.30. It will be held at Ofqual’s offices in Coventry. We anticipate that it will last for about two hours. The agenda for the meeting will include: 1. Background to the National Reference Tests: their purpose and how they will be used to support the awarding of GCSEs 2. Overview of Ofqual’s requirements 3. Procurement approach 4. Questions We can accommodate four representatives from each supplier. If you would like more than four to attend from your organisation, please contact Neil Howes and he will let you know if we are able to accommodate them. Representatives from organisations that may be sub-contractors are also welcome to attend. Please also let Neil know by noon on Tuesday, 7 October who will be attending. Please note that we will not be providing printed copies of the ITT documents. Suppliers can obtain these from the MyTenders portal. Whilst we will answer questions raised by suppliers during the meeting where possible, all questions and answers will be published on the MyTenders portal after the meeting. Thank you for your interest in the development and delivery of the National Reference Tests. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
10/10/2014 13:49ADDED FILE: NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 10 Oct 14

NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 10 Oct 14
15/10/2014 10:03REPLACED FILE: NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 10 Oct 14

NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 15 Oct 14
15/10/2014 10:05ADDED FILE: Clarification Document No.1

Clarification Document No.1
16/10/2014 11:10REPLACED FILE: NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 15 Oct 14

NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 16 Oct 14
16/10/2014 16:59REPLACED FILE: NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 16 Oct 14

NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 16 Oct 14
20/10/2014 13:35Question and Answers deadline change

The deadline for submission of questions through the online Q&A function has been changed as below.
Old question submission deadline: 22/10/2014 17:00
New question submission deadline: 29/10/2014 17:00
Please ensure that you have submitted all questions before the new date.
20/10/2014 13:36Submission Deadline/Application Deadline Date(s) Changed

The Deadline date was changed from 14/11/2014 12:00 to 21/11/2014 08:00.

As per request
23/10/2014 14:05REPLACED FILE: NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 16 Oct 14 (revised)

NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 23 Oct 14
24/10/2014 11:02REPLACED FILE: NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 23 Oct 14

NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 24 Oct 14
29/10/2014 10:24REPLACED FILE: NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 24 Oct 14

NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 24 Oct 14
30/10/2014 11:13Question and Answers deadline change

The deadline for submission of questions through the online Q&A function has been changed as below.
Old question submission deadline: 29/10/2014 17:00
New question submission deadline: 05/11/2014 12:00
Please ensure that you have submitted all questions before the new date.
04/11/2014 09:51REPLACED FILE: NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 28 Oct 14

NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 4 Nov 14
10/11/2014 09:15REPLACED FILE: NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 04 Nov 14

NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 7 Nov 14
12/11/2014 13:13REPLACED FILE: NRT - Agreement and Schedules (Final) (260914)

OF344 Agreement and Schedules
12/11/2014 13:17ADDED FILE: NRT Appendices track changes

Track changes version of updated Appendices
12/11/2014 13:19REPLACED FILE: OF344 Reference Tests ITT (Section 0) (Final) (260914)

ITT (section 0)
12/11/2014 13:22REPLACED FILE: OF344 Reference Tests ITT (Section 1) (Final) (250914)

ITT Section 1
12/11/2014 13:25REPLACED FILE: OF344 Reference Tests ITT (Section 2) (Final) (260914)

ITT Section 2
12/11/2014 13:26REPLACED FILE: OF344 Reference Tests ITT (Section 3) (Final) (260914)

ITT Section 3
12/11/2014 13:27REPLACED FILE: OF344 Reference Tests ITT (Section 4) (Final) (260914)

ITT Section 4
12/11/2014 13:32ADDED FILE: ITT Section 0 Track changes

ITT Section 0 Track changes version
12/11/2014 13:36ADDED FILE: ITT Section 1 Track Changes

ITT Section 1 Track changes version
12/11/2014 13:37ADDED FILE: ITT Section 2 Track Changes

ITT Section 2 Track Changes version
12/11/2014 13:39ADDED FILE: ITT Section 3 Track Changes

ITT Section 3 Track Changes version
12/11/2014 13:41ADDED FILE: ITT Section 4 Track Changes

ITT Section 4 Track Changes version
01/04/2015 08:40Notice Cancelled

This notice has been cancelled. The original deadline date of 21/11/2014 is no longer applicable.

Process failed, VEAT issued.
Main Contact: N/a
Admin Contact: N/a
Technical Contact: N/a
Other Contact: N/a

Commodity Categories

Commodity Categories
IDTitleParent Category
85other EducationEducation

Delivery Locations

Delivery Locations
IDDescription
600West Midlands

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The following additional documents have been attached to this notice. To obtain these documents please select the individual file names below.

Alternatively, you can download all current documents (Zip File)

Current Documents

CreatedNameDescriptionSizeDownloads
26/09/2014 OF344 Section 3 - Appendix – 4 ITT Section 3 Appendix 41.48 MB0
26/09/2014 OF344 Section 3 - Appendix 5 – (Ofqual Document – ‘Ofqual’s Tone of Voice’) ITT Section 3 Appendix 52.08 MB0
26/09/2014 OF344 Section 3 - Appendix 6 – (Ofqual Code of Practice for Research) ITT Section 3 Appendix 62.58 MB0
15/10/2014 OF344 Supplier Clarification Document No 1 Clarification Document No.1 63.84 KB0
10/11/2014 NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 07 Nov 14 NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 7 Nov 14102.30 KB0
12/11/2014 NRT Agreement and Schedules (Final) (11.11.14) OF344 Agreement and Schedules999.01 KB0
12/11/2014 NRT - Agreement Schedules (Track) (11.11.14) Track changes version of updated Appendices294.14 KB0
12/11/2014 OF344 Reference Tests ITT (Section 0) (Final) (11.11.14) ITT (section 0)5.90 MB0
12/11/2014 OF344 Reference Tests ITT (Section 1) (Final) (11.11.14) ITT Section 1125.74 KB0
12/11/2014 OF344 Reference Tests ITT (Section 2) (Final) (11.11.14) ITT Section 296.48 KB0
12/11/2014 OF344 Reference Tests ITT (Section 3) (Final) (11.11.14) ITT Section 3191.53 KB0
12/11/2014 OF344 Reference Tests ITT (Section 4) (Final) (11.11.14) ITT Section 42.39 MB0
12/11/2014 OF344 Reference Tests ITT (Section 0) (Final) (11.11.14) Track ITT Section 0 Track changes version5.96 MB0
12/11/2014 OF344 Reference Tests ITT (Section 1) (Final) (11.11.14) Track ITT Section 1 Track changes version126.80 KB0
12/11/2014 OF344 Reference Tests ITT (Section 2) (Final) (11.11.14) Track ITT Section 2 Track Changes version98.75 KB0
12/11/2014 OF344 Reference Tests ITT (Section 3) (Final) (11.11.14) Track ITT Section 3 Track Changes version198.80 KB0
12/11/2014 OF344 Reference Tests ITT (Section 4) (Final) (11.11.14) Track ITT Section 4 Track Changes version4.64 MB0

Replaced Documents

CreatedNameDescriptionSize
26/09/2014OF344 Reference Tests ITT (Section 0) (Final) (260914)ITT (section 0)5.50 MB
26/09/2014OF344 Reference Tests ITT (Section 1) (Final) (250914)ITT Section 1126.03 KB
26/09/2014OF344 Reference Tests ITT (Section 2) (Final) (260914)ITT Section 294.75 KB
26/09/2014OF344 Reference Tests ITT (Section 3) (Final) (260914)ITT Section 3193.00 KB
26/09/2014OF344 Reference Tests ITT (Section 4) (Final) (260914)ITT Section 42.39 MB
26/09/2014NRT - Agreement and Schedules (Final) (260914)OF344 Agreement and Schedules943.58 KB
10/10/2014NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 10 Oct 14NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 10 Oct 1462.53 KB
15/10/2014NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 15 Oct 14NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 15 Oct 1462.84 KB
16/10/2014NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 16 Oct 14NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 16 Oct 1465.29 KB
16/10/2014NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 16 Oct 14 (revised)NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 16 Oct 1464.95 KB
23/10/2014NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 23 Oct 14NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 23 Oct 1479.56 KB
24/10/2014NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 24 Oct 14NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 24 Oct 1482.96 KB
29/10/2014NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 28 Oct 14NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 24 Oct 1481.84 KB
04/11/2014NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 04 Nov 14NRT Supplier Clarification Questions and Answers 4 Nov 1491.77 KB

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