Deals & Frameworks

Get the best value contracts on everything from energy to office supplies by signing up to one of the DfE approved deals and frameworks. Our procurement specialists will guide you through the process taking the stress, cost and confusion out of getting better deals for your school.

Latest Framework

Education Technology framework

The Crown Commercial Service has developed a new Education Technology framework in collaboration with the Department for Education.

What you can buy

  • ICT solutions – if you’re looking for an ICT refresh or a complete new build solution
  • broadband fibre infrastructure - design and installation of broadband fibre infrastructure
  • broadband services- new broadband or upgrades on the existing one, support and maintenance, internet filtering and more
  • hardware- laptops, desktops and tablets to servers, printers and more
  • audiovisual - planning and installation of sound and/or visual equipment

Supply teachers and agency workers


UPDATE: User guides now available here.

Objectives of this framework
  1. Reduce the price schools pay for supply teachers and remove agency fees.
  2. Agencies need to adhere to standard levels of practice, including no temp-to-perm fees after 12 working weeks (subject to 4 weeks' notice being given).
  3. Increase the number of teachers back into permanent roles
  4. All DfE deals are assessed for compliance, ease of use, suitability and value for money.
Length of framework

The framework ends in August 2020 with an option to extend for another 2 years.

School Switch – save money on gas and electricity

Delivered by the Crown Commercial Service, the School Switch is a free online price comparison and switching tool, to help schools and academies compare gas and electricity prices and switch energy supplier to save money.

Energy prices are generated simply by entering a few details about your current gas and electricity use. The prices you see are fixed prices allowing you to plan your budgets with greater certainty.

This is a new initiative with a limited selection of approved energy suppliers. More will be added over time, further enhancing your choice of suppliers and savings opportunity.

Request more information

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DfE Approved Frameworks

The Schools Commercial Team (SCT) within DfE has reviewed a wide range of frameworks. These have been assessed for compliance with procurement regulations, ease of use, suitability, and value for money.

Buying procedures and procurement law

Follow the DfE guidance to ensure you get value for money and comply with procurement regulations when you purchase for your school.