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The Schools Commercial Team (SCT) within DfE has reviewed a wide range of deals. These have been assessed for compliance with procurement regulations, ease of use, suitability and value for money. We’ve also considered feedback from schools already using the deals.
The SCT will continue to review and add to the list of recommended deals.
We’re always keen to hear about your experience using these deals, to help us and our partners improve the experience for schools. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Energy and utilities
|Energy deals and water supplies||Electricity, gas and water deals available for all publicly funded schools, including academies and free schools, electricity deal is ongoing, water deal runs until 15 March 2020||In excess of 10% saving on schools’ utility bills, quick and simple to use with direct awards and aggregation available||CCS|
|Loans to fund energy saving schemes||An interest free loan available to all local-authority-maintained schools, academies and grant-aided schools to carry out energy saving improvements to their premises, including insulation and LED lighting, open for applications throughout the year||Schools can pay back the loan entirely from savings on their energy bill||Salix|
|Energy efficiency improvements from Retrofit||Suppliers to complete improvement projects including insulation, heating and energy systems, energy efficient lighting, windows and doors, runs until 7 September 2019||Regionally appointed suppliers, single or fully integrated solutions||Fusion 21|
|ICT services for education||Deal allowing all schools and academies to purchase IT services, hardware and related infrastructure to meet their individual needs, runs until 26 April 2019||Specialises in education settings, support from Crown Commercial Services with a mini-competition||CCS|
|Desktop hardware||Agreement for the supply of a wide range of ICT equipment and supporting services, runs until 17 January 2020||Quick and easy with online quotes, offers substantial savings on IT brands||CPC|
|ICT, cloud, support and related services||Educational cloud services specifically designed for the needs of schools, academies and other learning centres, runs until March 2021||Quick and easy online quotes, call off process, direct awards and aggregation available, can assist with further competition||ThinkIT|
|ICT solutions and supply network infrastructure||Deals for a range of networking equipment and support services, runs until 31 January 2019||Quick and easy access, online quotation tool||CPC|
|Software licences and associated services for academies and schools||Software licenses and associated supporting services, runs until 9 August 2020||Quick and easy to use, contract manager assistance and support||CPC|
3. Printers, copiers and multi-functional devices (MFDs)
|Photocopiers, printers and scanners||Deal for all schools and publicly funded institutions to purchase photocopiers, printers and scanners (multi-functional devices, MFDs) at a nationally negotiated rate, runs until 25 October 2020||Schools report savings of around 40%||CCS|
|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, runs until 31 March 2021||Request a quote online, direct award for orders under £10,000, A4 and A3 prints at the same price, no minimum billing and all toners are included||Kent County Supplies on behalf of CBC|
|Photocopiers, printers, scanners and associated print services and supplies||Photocopiers, printers and scanners (multi-functional devices, MFDs) that includes all types of managed print services, runs until 18 December 2019||Easy access to compliant consultancy services, free of charge site visits||CPC|
|Risk protection arrangement for academy trusts||An alternative to commercial insurance for academies, underwritten by the government, opt in immediately or up to 12 months in advance||Easy opt-in, £20 per pupil taken direct from general annual grant||Government|
|Insurance||Provision of commercial insurance for schools, runs until 30 June 2020||Easy to use, supported service, direct award available, and can advise on insurance services not covered by DfE’s risk protection arrangement||CPC|
5. Audit services
|Audit services||Audit service deal tailored for academies and schools, runs until 4 December 2020||Direct award or further competition available with quick online RFQ (request for quote) tool||CPC|
|Spend analysis and recovery services||Services to help schools identify and recover supplier overpayments, overcharges or missed discounts and rebates, runs until 15 January 2020||No win, no fee, minimal resource needed from the school, direct award and further competition options available||CCS|
6. Facilities management and estates
|Building cleaning services||Deal for provision of building cleaning services, runs until 22 March 2019||Easy to use, quick access, DBS-checked personnel, expert support||CPC|
|Portable appliance and fixed wire testing (PAT)||Suppliers for portable appliance and fixed wire testing, runs until 31 March 2019||Quick and easy to use, choice of regional and national pre-approved suppliers, free quote tool||CPC|
|Construction consultancy services||Suppliers providing estates, facilities and capital consultancy services across a wide range of property specialisms, runs until 31 March 2022||Potential savings of 10-15%, choose between regional and national providers, flexible contract arrangements and additional services||NHS SBS|
|Facilities management marketplace||UK-wide facilities management (FM) services; includes building and grounds maintenance, cleaning, catering, security, helpdesk, horticultural, reception, and waste services. Contract runs until 7 July 2020.||Potential savings of 10% with a choice of local suppliers. Prices provided are the maximum you will pay.||CCS|
7. Books and materials
|Books and materials||Deals for curriculum materials including fiction and non-fiction books, ebooks, DVDs, CDs and education software, runs until 31 August 2019||Discounts of up to 41% on some titles with no minimum orders and direct award options available||Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation|
|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 deal runs until 28 August 2020.||Transparent mark-ups. Avoid temp-to-perm fees. Completed background and safeguarding checks. Consistent and agreed terms and conditions. Suppliers audited and accredited.||Crown Commercial Service|