Department for Education: Recommended Deals
The Schools’ Buying Hub South West can assist with the management and delivery of procurements, and signpost towards DfE recommended national deals.
Procurement Frameworks allow you to directly choose the supplier who offers the best value service. The DfE offers a list of all their recommended deals and a free ‘find a framework’ tool to simplify the process for you. We can advise you on the most appropriate route to suit your needs.
Here are the latest DfE recommended deals and campaigns that could benefit your school, academy or MAT:
Books and Related Materials
Books for schools
Supporting education establishments whether buying a single book, setting up a reading corner or re-stocking a school library. Fiction and curriculum books, reference materials, handbooks and manuals available via this deal.
Includes the provision of books, e-books, journals/ periodicals, e-journals, audio books, audio summary, library discovery and associated services split into 4 lots with 12 suppliers. Curriculum books are also available via this deal.
Specialist Professional Services
Specifically designed for the procurement of specialist professional services by the public sector covering a range of spend areas, including facilities management, catering, construction, environment, sustainability, waste, ICT and education consultancy. Extensive experience within the local authority and school sector.
Energy and Utilities
Electricity (half hourly, non-half hourly and unmetered)
Provision of electricity, including half hourly, non-half hourly and unmetered supply. Provides additional support and associated services including demand side response, energy storage, electric vehicle charging, energy efficiency surveys and power purchase agreements.
Firms mains gas
A framework agreement for firm mains gas supplied through the National Grid. Online account information and additional support and associated services also available.
Interest-free loans to fund energy saving schemes
All maintained schools, academies, free schools and sixth form colleges can get interest-free loans to fund over 100 different technologies such as LED lighting, boiler replacements and insulation. Loans are designed to reduce your energy bills and have no upfront costs.
A simple way to switch energy suppliers online. Get instant quotes based on your school’s energy needs.
Supply of energy and ancillary services
Supporting education establishments with supply of electricity and gas, including billing, administration, customer service and where required, ancillary services.
Water, waste water and ancillary services 2
A single national deal covering water supply, waste water removal (sewerage) and ancillary services that reduce water consumption and make usage more efficient and supply more resilient.
Facilities Management and Estates
Building cleaning services
Providers of building cleaning services including: janitorial services, periodic cleaning, high-level cleaning and window cleaning.
Building in use – support services (lot 1 catering services)
Lot 1 supports education establishments with a straightforward solution suitable for catering service requirements.
Supporting education establishments with specific catering service provision.
Construction consultancy services
Covers construction consulting services for traditional design build, new build projects, and refurbishment projects. There are 12 lots for building services, including; architectural services, project management and principal designer services.
A DfE framework that provides a compliant solution for school furniture. Use it to buy loose and fitted furniture or bleacher seating from DfE approved suppliers, and have it delivered and installed.
Facilities management (FM) marketplace
UK-wide facilities management (FM) services; includes building and grounds maintenance, cleaning, catering, security, helpdesk, horticultural, reception, and waste services.
Heating systems and renewable technology
Supporting education establishments with their heating requirements, offering a range of services from consultancy to design, servicing, maintenance and installation plus a selection of renewable technology applications.
Outsourced catering services
Supporting education establishments with a straightforward solution to help you procure a new catering service and a new contract catering company. It offers regional and national competition which drives innovation, maximises return on investment and secures value for money.
Removal, relocation and additional services
Regional suppliers covering all aspects of removal and relocation services including: office and classroom equipment and specialised relocations (laboratories, art and IT equipment), overseas removals, crate hire and archiving.
Audit service deal tailored for academies and schools.
Insurance and related services for public sector schools
Provision of commercial insurance for schools.
This framework agreement for leasing services offers a range of leases to members across the education sector, particularly schools, colleges and academies. Members can access 9 leasing suppliers across 3 separate lots, offering a range of leasing products for equipment, technology and vehicles.
Risk Protection Arrangement – alternative to commercial insurance
An alternative to commercial insurance for all public sector schools, underwritten by the government, opt in immediately or up to 12 months in advance.
Schools leasing framework
A framework agreement that allows schools to source and cost their own suppliers and relevant ICT and reprographic equipment, with the advantage of being able to arrange the leasing agreement separately.
Spend analysis and recovery services
Services to help schools identify and recover supplier overpayments, overcharges or missed discounts and rebates.
Staff absence insurance and associated cover
Supporting education establishments with a simple and compliant solution to all staff absence insurance needs.
Staff absence protection
This is a specialist service provided by a mutual organisation. It’s designed to provide an alternative to commercial staff absence providers. It offers protection for any combination of teaching, non-teaching, support and site staff with flexible policy benefits.
Audio visual solutions
Supporting education establishments with the provision of a full range of audio visual (AV) and interactive solutions, associated services, support and maintenance.
Digital Marketplace (G-Cloud 12)
Cloud computing services covering hosting, software and cloud support. Choose and purchase cloud computing services from 4,750 suppliers covering infrastructure, platform, software and specialist cloud services. Direct Award available.
A single route for schools to buy ICT goods and services through one agreement.
ICT hardware and peripherals equipment
Supporting education establishments with the supply and delivery of ICT hardware and provision of support services.
ICT solutions and supply network infrastructure
Deals for a range of networking equipment and support services.
ICT, cloud, support and related services
Educational cloud services specifically designed for the needs of schools, academies and other learning centres.
Multi-functional devices (MFD) and associated print services and supplies
Photocopiers, printers and scanners (multi-functional devices, MFDs) that includes all types of managed print services.
Multifunctional Devices, Managed Print and Content Services and Records and Information Management
Deal for all schools and publicly funded institutions to purchase photocopiers, printers and scanners (multi-functional devices, MFDs) at a nationally negotiated rate.
Network connectivity and telecommunication solution
Supporting education establishments with provision of network connectivity and telecommunications solutions. Delivering standalone, or full-service solutions using technologies that are currently available and those which will evolve throughout the lifetime of the agreement.
Photocopiers, printers and scanners with toners included
Photocopiers, printers and scanners (multi-functional devices, MFDs) from a range of suppliers including Sharp, Konica, Annodata (Kyocera) and Ricoh.
Software licenses and associated services for academies and schools
Software licenses and associated supporting services.
Legal services includes: estates professional services, facilities management services, building materials, modular, academy conversion and post conversion.
Recruitment and HR
Employee screening services
Comprehensive service covering all employee screening service requirements.
Hiring supply teachers and agency workers
Suppliers available for hiring of all temporary and fixed term teaching and non-teaching staff for schools, colleges or other educational establishments within the public sector such as an academy, trust, nursery, pupil referral unit, children centre or further education institution, across the UK. Independent schools (for-profit) are not able to access the deal.
The Hub is not limited to the deals above and will always search for the best option for your school or MAT, so you can be sure that you are getting best value.
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