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Contracts for schools resources hub

Giving you a helping hand on all things procurement! We've pulled together some useful resources for you including procurement tips videos, blogs and a handy booklet with everything you need to know about our contracts for schools offering.

Procurement tips for schools

Click here to play the Why choose YPO for your school's contracts video
Why choose YPO for your school's contracts There are lots of benefits of working with us when setting up or renewing your contracts. We explore these and discuss how our dedicated education procurement team can support you every step of the way.
Click here to play the How to write a specification video
How to write a specification A specification can be defined as a 'statement of needs' and should be included in any tender or further competition to explain what goods and/or services you want to buy. We'll talk you through things to avoid and include in yours.
Click here to play the Benefits of a dynamic purchasing system (DPS) video
Benefits of a dynamic purchasing system (DPS) A DPS is a procurement tool used by the public sector to buy commonly used goods, works, or services and has many benefits that we talk through in this video.
Click here to play the How to evaluate your further competition video
How to evaluate your further competition This simple to run procurement exercise is in-place to help you select the most suitable supplier to meet your needs, creating fair 'competition' between them.
Click here to play the Procurement thresholds and compliance video
Procurement thresholds and compliance We get asked about thresholds and compliance all the time. With the UK leaving the EU, are there any changes to be aware of? We break down all the key points you need to know about.
Click here to play the What is procurement? video
What is procurement? Breaking it down and keeping it simple, we explain how procurement is more than just purchasing.
Click here to play the Where do I start with procurement? video
Where do I start with procurement? You know when you have a new contract to set up, or you need to renew an existing one but have no idea where to start? Our team are on hand to guide you from start to finish.
Click here to play the What is a call-off? video
What is a call-off? A call-off is just another way of saying 'placing an order'. We told you this procurement jargon can be confusing sometimes but don't worry, we've got you covered.
Click here to play the What's the difference between a framework, DPS and contract? video
What's the difference between a framework, DPS and contract? It can be a bit confusing out there in the world of procurement, but we're here to be your helping hand. We've broken the procurement jargon down into simple to understand and easy to apply definitions.
Click here to play the How do I renew a contract? video
How do I renew a contract? If you already have a contract in place and you just need it renewing, we can help with this procurement exercise. You may even be able to get a better solution for your school by using suppliers from our roster of 50+ frameworks!
Click here to play the How do I carry out a further competition? video
How do I carry out a further competition? A further competition (sometimes referred to as a mini competition) is a really effective way of creating competition between a set of pre-approved suppliers, helping you get the right solution for your specific requirements.

From the blog

11 November 2021 Big savings on sourcing your supply teachers
The Supply Teachers and Temporary Staff agreement has saved schools over £1.5m in three years, and now we’ve partnered with YPO to help schools further. We’re working together to achieve savings with continued support and tailored solutions for your school.
23 September 2021 Evaluating your further competition
This simple to run procurement exercise is in-place to help you select the most suitable supplier to meet your requirements creating fair ‘competition’ between them, to make sure you get the best value for money. There are some important things to think about when it comes to the evaluation part of the process, as it will determine which supplier has scored the highest and is therefore successful. Here are some steps you can take so your evaluation is fair and compliant.
26 February 2021 Meet the education procurement team - Nathan
Nathan is new to YPO and the education procurement team but has lots of experience working with customers, as well as managing tendering processes. This is something he can support you with in his new role alongside sharing his knowledge with you on reducing your school’s carbon footprint!