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STA Inclusion Reviewers; invitation to tender – latest update from DfE

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BATOD has been approached by the Standards and Testing Agency at the DfE to encourage ToD colleagues to put themselves forward for the role of Inclusion Reviewer. It seems they would like around 15 ToDs on their panel and so far only have a handful. Please could you consider whether you would wish to be involved in this work and if so send an email expressing your interest to the email address at the bottom of this email. Here is the STA email:

The invitation to tender has now been issued:

Dear Colleagues

The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) is looking to recruit a pool of Inclusion Experts with a range of specialisms to ensure that Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests and professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy are inclusive and accessible for all.  We are looking for experts with knowledge and expertise in Autism spectrum disorders, Behavioural development, Communication and language development (including dyslexia), English as an additional language, Hearing impairments, Visual impairments, and other Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (including physical disabilities).  Additionally, we are also looking to procure Representation and Diversity experts – representatives from, or people with a proven track record in advocating for any ethnicity, religious groups and groups with protected characteristics as set out in the Equality Act, 2010 (including LGBT, gender etc.).

An invitation to tender (ITT) for the provision of Inclusion Expert resource can be found on the gov.uk website at the link below.  All relevant details regarding this procurement are contained within the ITT document).


The closing date for bids is 12 noon on 24 April and any clarification questions need to be received no later than 12 noon on 05 April.  Responses to clarification questions will be posted at the above link.

Please see below for link to final clarifications document regarding the Inclusion Experts procurement (ref: STA-0221). The original Invitation to Tender (ITT) containing information regarding the procurement is also at this link. A copy of the clarifications document is attached for convenience.


Please note that the deadline for receipt of clarification questions (midday 5 April) has now passed.  Therefore, please do not submit any further clarification questions as these will not be accepted.

The deadline for bids is midday 24 April.  Please ensure that you submit your application by this deadline.  Bids need to be emailed to [email protected] and copied to [email protected].

The timeline for this procurement is outlined in the table below for ease of reference:

Date Stage
01/03/2019 Invitation To Tender (ITT) issued
Midday 05/04/2019 Deadline for clarification questions
Midday 24/04/2019 Deadline for submission of applications
31/05/2019 Notification to successful suppliers


We look forward to receiving your application.


Please do forward the above link to others who may be interested in this procurement.


Apologies if you have received duplicates of this email.


Many thanks and best regards,




Rashida Akbar

Assessment Services Division

Standards and Testing Agency

Department for Education

Cheylesmore House, 5 Quinton Road, Coventry CV1 2WT

Tel: 024 7666 0069 – Ext: 710069

Email: [email protected]