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, stationery and education supplies


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.

Library resources
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.

Office supplies
Supporting education establishments with office equipment such as stationery, paper, fax machines, ink and printer cartridges, janitorial products and ergonomic equipment.

Stationery and education supplies
Supporting education establishments with a one-stop-shop for stationery, ink and toner, arts and crafts, paper, cleaning and janitorial supplies.

Consultancy Services

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. 

Liquid fuels
Supporting education establishments with provision of heating oil (also referred to as gas oil or red diesel), kerosene, road fuels including unleaded petrol and diesel and ancillary services.

School Switch
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.

Utilities supplies and services
Designed specifically for the education sector, this is an easy to use and simplified route to buy electricity and gas to suit your schools specific needs, with value added services including bill validation at no extra cost.

Water, wastewater and ancillary services
Supporting education establishments with high quality services and water efficiency savings from a single supplier for the provision of water, wastewater and 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
A framework providing catering, cleaning and caretaking, security and reception, CCTV (inclusive of remote monitoring), car park management, mobile patrols and key holding, food hygiene inspection, waste management. There’s also a ‘whole house’ option to accommodate all or several of these. This is a dynamic purchasing system (DPS) open to, and suitable for both national and regional suppliers throughout its entire duration.

Catering services
Supporting education establishments with specific catering service provision.

Commercial catering equipment
Supporting education establishments with a route to purchase or hire a large range of commercial catering equipment and associated services, including catering equipment, maintenance response services and kitchen design services.

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.

DfE furniture
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.

Internal fit-out and maintenance
Supporting education establishments with the provision of building services once a building is constructed to enable on-going maintenance, extension & refurbishment for schools. This framework is suitable for smaller
ad-hoc service requirements and also for a more long-term service project.

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.

Synthetic sports facilities
Supporting education establishments with alternatives to traditional grass sports fields. Covers the construction, installation, refurbishment, servicing and maintenance for all external sports facilities.


Audit services
Audit service deal tailored for academies and schools.

Insurance and related services for public sector schools
Provision of commercial insurance for schools. 

Risk Protection Arrangement – alternative to commercial insurance 
An alternative to commercial insurance, 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 protection and reimbursement
Supporting education establishments with a simple and compliant way to buy staff absence insurance and reimbursement policies. Offering a solution to any staff absence requirement ensuring you are financially supported when staff sickness or absence occurs.


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.

Cyber security services 3
Supporting education establishments with access to a wide range of cyber security products including consultancy advice, penetration testing, incident management and data destruction that have been accredited by the National Cyber Security Centre.

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.

Education technology
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 networking and storage solutions
Designed for the education sector, this framework offers on-premise IT and network infrastructure solutions, cloud and hybrid cloud solutions and consultancy services where a solution is yet to be defined.

ICT procurement
Supporting education establishments to buy the right ICT including hardware, software, connectivity, infrastructure and cloud services.

Multifunctional devices and digital transformation solutions
Supporting education establishments with a straightforward way to buy or lease branded machines and technologies from small desktop units to high volume devices which print, scan and copy.

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. 

Print marketplace
Supporting education establishments with access to compare and buy printed material, including textbooks, newsletters and small direct mail needs in a few quick steps. An intuitive online tool and live chat functionality means a print expert is available to help.

Software licenses and associated services for academies and schools
Software licenses and associated supporting services.  


Legal 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. 

National professional qualification (NPQ) framework
Supporting education establishments with access to quality assured national professional qualifications training and support for school teachers and leaders.

Outsourced human resources including payroll services
Supporting education establishments with a comprehensive and wide range of HR services including specialist recruitment, employee relations, training, business and administration support services, transformational services, leadership or management and employee support services. There is also a standalone or combined payroll services option.


Transport services – taxi and coaches
Supporting education establishments with a choice of national and regional passenger transport solutions with contracts to suit your specific requirements.

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.

If you’d like to enquire about one of our current deals or have a more general enquiry, you can contact us by filling in the form on the right.

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