The purpose of this Early Engagement Notice is to notify the market that the Department for Education (DfE) will be undertaking an online market engagement event on 25 September 2020 for providers interested in bidding for the procurement of delivery of the reformed National Leaders of Governance (NLG) programme. The department's vision is to see robust and effective governance in every school and academy trust. As the first line of accountability, the department recognises that high quality, effective and ethical governance is key to success in our school system and for the future of children and young people. Where governance is weak, there is increased risk of poor academic performance and poor financial management. The NLG reforms will deliver high-quality support to schools and trusts, identify the underlying causes of weak governance and make improvements. We will deliver through a targeted approach, aligning with DfE governance and school/trust improvement provision, to target schools and trusts where governance is weak. The reforms will recruit, train, and deploy a high calibre cadre of experts in school and trust governance to deliver peer-led support for governance improvement. Contracts will run for an initial period of two years from April 2021 to March 2023 with provision to extend for two further single year periods. Consortium bids, particularly including or led by multi-academy trusts are welcomed. As part of our scope we are looking to utilise expertise from strong, well-governed multi-academy trusts and further build capacity so that, in the future, trusts will be well-placed to deliver governance improvement support. This procurement is subject to the ongoing 2020 Comprehensive Spending Review and the DfE reserves the right to not procure the services outlined below following the culmination of this review.
Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street,
Published: 9 Sep 2020, Receipt by: 26 Sep 2020