National Poetry Recitation Competition Contract £360k

Open early engagement – This means that a procurement idea is currently active, it is in the early stage of development and judging interest from potential suppliers.


The Department for Education (DfE) intends to undertake a procurement exercise to find a supplier for a National Poetry Recitation Competition, and accompanying suite of resources. Prior to this, the DfE wish to undertake a market engagement activity for interested providers to learn more about what the Department would like to achieve. This will be an opportunity for potential providers to share opinion and expertise in the delivery of a poetry competition in England and help the Department understand how it could meet its aims.


We are interested in hearing from organisations who have expertise in poetry rather than solely event organisers. The purpose of any potential poetry competition will be to enrich pupils taking part and support curriculum activities. We are also keen to hear from organisations who can work in consortium or partnership. We would encourage organisations of any size with the necessary expertise to come to our event.


We anticipate that a provider might start delivery to implement the programme from summer 2019 with delivery taking place from September 2019, running regional heats with a national competition before March 2020.


The indicative estimated value of the National Poetry Recitation Competition is up to £360,000 inc VAT.


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