The Department for Education and Skills, the Church of England and PPP adviser Partnerships UK have placed an advertisement in the European Union's Official Journal inviting consultants to pitch for a contract to advise on the standardisation of contracts and co-ordination of technical support.
The government will then invite bids for the PFI contracts in late spring or early summer. A source said: "The first stage is to test the model for the schemes with the advisers. Then we must find a way of bundling £2m schools in a way that is attractive to the market."
Between five and eight advisers will be invited to tender for the consultancy role, which is expected to be mainly a legal one.
A winner will be named in January.