Buying for schools

3a. Direct selection of a supplier from a framework

How schools can buy goods, works or services from a framework that allows you to directly choose the best-value supplier for your requirements.

Look for suitable framework agreements

Once you’ve developed a specification, look at a range of framework agreements to find those that are suitable for the type of goods, works or services you need to buy. Check with the following organisations:

Once you’ve chosen a framework, read the framework’s process guidelines carefully to make sure you can make a direct selection of a supplier and to understand what the rules are for doing so.

Identify the best-value option and place your order

Follow the framework’s guidelines for selecting a supplier and placing an order.

If you’ve chosen a direct selection framework, this will involve:

  • identifying the best-value option for your requirements from a list of suppliers
  • placing an order based on your specification

If the best-value supplier can’t supply your requirements or doesn’t make you a satisfactory offer, you should use the next best-value supplier.

The framework terms and conditions (or ‘service order terms’) will have already been set as part of the framework agreement. You won’t usually be allowed to change them.

Read next chapter: ‘4. Managing your contract’.