Resources for buying goods and services, and finding DfE-recommended suppliers.
Follow these guides to help you plan what you need to buy and get good value. There’s separate guidance on buying procedures and procurement law.
Use the get help buying for schools service to get free help and support with buying goods and services.
Use the find a framework tool to find DfE-recommended suppliers.
Access tools, resources and networks
Self-service tools and supporting guidance to help you get better value when buying goods and services for your school.
Books and educational resources
Negotiate with suppliers to save money and make the most of their services.
How to find the best solution for the catering requirements of your school.
How to find the right cleaning solutions for your school or multi-academy trust.
Consultancy: educational services, and design and build
How schools can buy consultancy services and use a DfE-recommended framework to get good value.
Find the right way to buy energy for your school.
Energy procurement – minimum standard questions
Information and action to take at the end of a contract.
HR and payroll services
How to buy HR and payroll services and use a DfE-recommended framework to get good value.
ICT and computer hardware
Find the right way to buy ICT or computer hardware for your school.
Leasing equipment for schools
What to consider to ensure you get the best value for money and a compliant lease agreement for your school.
How schools can evaluate the legal services they currently have, renegotiate fees and switch suppliers.
Multi-functional devices (MFD) and printing
Find the right way to buy multi-functional devices (MFD) and printing services for your school.