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i10 wins £15m contract with DfE

i10 is delighted to have won a contract with the Department for Education (DfE) worth up to £15.125m over 2 years.

This is the second significant award in 2023, with i10 having already won a £4m, 12-month engagement with Crown Commercial Service (CCS) in January.

Procured using the new Digital Specialists and Programmes (RM6263) framework, lot 1 Digital Programmes, i10 was selected ahead of 50 household-name consultancies and digital agencies including Cap Gemini, Cognizant, Deloitte, Fujitsu and Kainos.

About DfE

The Department for Education is responsible for children’s services and education, including early years, schools, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England.

DfE works to provide children’s services, education and skills training that ensures opportunity is equal for all, no matter background, family circumstances, or need.

At their heart, DfE is the department for realising potential. They enable children and learners to thrive, by protecting the vulnerable and ensuring the delivery of excellent standards of education, training and care. This helps realise everyone’s potential – and that powers our economy, strengthens society, and increases fairness.

DfE is responsible for:

  • teaching and learning for children in the early years and in primary schools

  • teaching and learning for young people in secondary schools

  • teaching, learning and training for young people and adults in apprenticeships, traineeships and further education

  • teaching and learning for young people and adults in higher education

  • supporting professionals who work with children, young people and adult learners

  • helping disadvantaged children and young people to achieve more

  • making sure that local services protect and support children

The Programme

The programme objectives are to:

  1. Recruit and train enough high-quality teachers.

  2. Save schools money.

  3. Enable teachers to find the right jobs.

  4. Ensure we have enough teachers in the right schools.

  5. Support teachers to stay in the profession and thrive.

  6. Improve processes for those leaving teaching.

  7. Make DfE more efficient & effective.

i10 will be working on Lot 1: providing blended teams and fully-outsourced managed services, providing digital skills and capabilities that are focused on the following DDaT job families:

  • Product & Delivery DDaT job family (business analysis, delivery management and product management)

  • Data DDaT job family (data engineering, data science, performance analysis and data analysis)

These teams and services will focus on several key programme areas, specifically:

  • Get into Teaching

  • Becoming a Teacher.

  • International Teacher Recruitment

  • Get into Teaching

  • Initial Teacher Training Reform

The engagement also allows for i10, under contingent scope, to provide services for Programme B of the Teacher Services Digital Programme comprising:

  • Programme B: Teaching Vacancies, Claim, Teacher Continuous Professional Development / National Professional Qualifications, Teacher Services Data Programme

  • Future digital needs that are within the scope of the overall Teacher Services digital programme as amended from time to time.

This includes the following DDaT job families:

  • User Centred Design job family

  • Technical job family

  • Data Science and Data Architecture

  • Live Services and Multi-capability

DfE, therefore, had a broad-ranging need for high-quality, cost-effective DDaT capability, capacity and expertise and has selected i10, recognising that the best way to deliver value for the taxpayer whilst fulfilling all the requirements of the contract, is to deploy i10's unique, proven ecosystem model, comprising over 20 outstanding UK SMEs.

Reacting to the news, i10 Founder and CEO Mark Hastings said "We are thrilled have won such a significant and important engagement with DfE. This win is a further reinforcement of the power of our ecosystem approach to delivering value to the UK public sector and we look forward to helping DfE realise the potential of children and young people".

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