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Buying for schools

Follow these guides to help you plan what you need to buy and get good value.

Find quality-checked suppliers using the find a framework tool.

There’s separate guidance on buying procedures and procurement law (including EU procurement law).

Managing your estate can be complicated, the guidance on good estate management provides comprehensive advice to help manage school buildings, land and all sizes of construction projects.

Buying for schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Information for buyers in schools and those who manage supplier contracts, including free school meals, personal protective equipment (PPE) and temporary staff.

Books and educational resources

Negotiate with suppliers to save money and make the most of their services.

Catering services

How to find the best solution for the catering requirements of your school.

Cleaning services

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 electricity for your school.


Find the right way to buy gas for your school.

Get help with buying for schools

Support for school business professionals.

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.

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