Supplementary memorandum submitted by
When I gave evidence to the Children, Schools
and Families Select Committee on 9 February 2009, I said that
I would write to you once Ofsted had finalised its contract arrangements
for inspection service providers from September 2009.
Ofsted's current contract arrangements for inspection
service providers expire at the completion of all work in the
academic year 2008-09 (notionally at the end of August 2009).
In February 2008, we published a Contract Notice in the Supplement
to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), relating
to the provision of inspection services from 2009. Twenty companies
applied for the Pre Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) process,
of which 10 then submitted questionnaires. Seven organisations
were short listed; these were Appleyards (a joint venture bid
between Appleyards and Interserve), Cambridge Education, CfBT,
Nord Anglia, Prospects, Serco and Tribal. This field represented
the existing service providers plus two new bidders.
The PQQ process established that there was both
the capability and interest from financially robust organisations
to supply the services required. On completion of the evaluation
process we announced the award of contracts on Wednesday 25 February
2009. The following companies were awarded contracts for the supply
of services to the area indicated:
SercoMidlands Region; and
If you have any other queries about this procurement
process, or any other aspect of Ofsted's work, please be in touch.
Her Majesty's Chief Inspector