The education sector spends over £10 billion a year on everyday goods and services. That’s the equivalent of 400 new secondary schools or 270,000 primary school teachers. We understand the powerful impact procurement can make on a school or academy. That’s why, as the largest public procurement organisation in the UK, we’ve developed a range of tailored solutions specifically for schools and academies.
These include deals, which are supported by the Department for Education (DfE), that make getting a good deal quick, easy and cost-effective. Leaving you more time to focus on what matters most – running your school.
You can use our commercial solutions free of charge and be confident that you’re accessing great value local and national suppliers. That’s why we are confident that we can bring real power to your procurement.
Our featured deals
We’re working closely with the Department for Education to help you tackle your expenditure on everyday goods and services:
We understand the pressure schools and academies are under to find the right temporary staff.
We can help you fill temporary teaching and non-teaching roles compliantly, with an easy to use agency selection tool and the peace of mind of robust background checks.
Cyber Security Services
Cyber security and awareness of the threat to children’s education is high on the agenda in all schools.
Our Cyber Security Services 3 agreement gives you access to a wide range of cyber security services, including consultancy and advice, penetration testing, incident response, data destruction, security operations centre and managed detection and response.
This agreement provides a dynamic filtering system, allowing you to shortlist suppliers based on your school’s needs. As the official route to market to buy National Cyber Security Centre assured services, suppliers offer a broad range of experience and accreditations.
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We can help schools deliver building improvement projects or new builds faster, greener and with greater value for money. Our Offsite Construction Solutions agreements offers access to a range of suppliers that specialise in education related buildings and structures. They can be hired for more immediate or temporary situations, or purchased for permanent infrastructure and added capacity projects.
Multifunctional Devices (MFDs) and Printers
Now more than ever, it’s important for schools to save money where possible. Using our MFD agreement, you can gain access to the latest hardware, software and services in the market with no need to do the research.
Having been through the competitive tender process, our agreement can help you find the right solutions at the best price without the need to obtain 3 quotes.
Tail Spend Solution
‘Tail spend’ refers to low-value, ad hoc purchases made by an organisation, often bought from lots of different suppliers. This spend goes largely under-managed, resulting in organisations not understanding what they are spending until purchases appear in their end of year accounts, causing significant budgetary pressures.
Our solution has been designed to ease this pressure by helping you get the best deals possible on millions of low value products for your school – from gym mats and tennis bats to drama equipment. It also helps you spend less time and money on invoicing, increase visibility and control of ‘hidden’ spend, and improve spend data.
We recognise that with budgets and resources more squeezed than ever, buying school essentials such as IT hardware and software licenses is no easy task. That’s why we offer a complimentary aggregation service, also known as collective buying, to help take some of the pressure off.
By combining the similar needs of customers from across the public sector, we can increase our national buying power to achieve savings that would not be possible through individual buying. For example, we’re supporting multi-academy trusts to aggregate spend across their schools.
Our team of experts will take care of the process for you, and make sure we get you the best possible deal.
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