DfE Buying Guidance for Schools recommends that schools investigate suitable framework agreements, including those from local authorities and public sector buying organisations. It states:
A framework agreement is an arrangement that a ‘contracting authority’ (eg a local authority or a public sector buying organisation) makes with suppliers of goods, works or services. It sets the terms under which you can make a purchase from a supplier during the lifetime of the framework agreement.
Using a framework will generally save you time, resources and money, as:
Each framework will have guidelines that you must follow to select a supplier and place an order. It will require you to either:
How Think IT complies with the DfE Guidance :