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 and related materials
Deals for curriculum materials including fiction and non-fiction books, ebooks, DVDs, CDs and education software.

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.


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 training, construction, 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.

Electricity supply and ancillary services (non-half hourly)
Electricity supply and additional services, such as automated meter reading (AMR), services to reduce consumption and energy supply from renewable sources.

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. 

School Switch
A simple way to switch energy suppliers online. Get instant quotes based on your school’s energy needs. 

Water, waste water and ancillary services
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.

Construction consultancy services
Suppliers providing estates, facilities and capital consultancy services across a wide range of property specialisms.

Facilities management (FM) marketplace
UK-wide facilities management (FM) services; includes building and grounds maintenance, cleaning, catering, security, helpdesk, horticultural, reception, and waste services. 

This is a multi-supplier, multi-lot solution which provides a compliant solution for the furniture across a variety of school settings. The deal is split into 3 lots: office, educational and residential/domestic furniture. 

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.

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 services
Audit service deal tailored for academies and schools.

Insurance for academies, free schools and similar institutions
Provision of commercial insurance for schools. 

Leasing services
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
An alternative to commercial insurance for academies, underwritten by the government, opt in immediately or up to 12 months in advance.

Spend analysis and recovery services
Services to help schools identify and recover supplier overpayments, overcharges or missed discounts and rebates. 



Desktop Hardware 
Agreement for the supply of a wide range of ICT equipment and supporting services. 

Digital Marketplace (G-Cloud 11)
Cloud computing services covering hosting, software and cloud support. Choose and purchase cloud computing services from 3,500 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 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.

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
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.

If you’d like to enquire about one of our current deals or have a more general enquiry, please fill in our form.

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