Buyer Profile – Department for Education (DfE)

Twitter: @educationgovuk

About the DfE: the Department for Education (DfE) is responsible for children’s services and education, including early years, schools, higher & further education policy, apprenticeships, and wider skills in England. It is a ministerial department, supported by 17 agencies and public bodies, and its staff are based at both its ministerial offices in London and a number of other locations around England.

The DfE recognises the importance of SMEs to the UK economy, and is committed to helping the government reach its target of awarding 33% of the money it spends on third-party suppliers to SMEs by the end of 2022. As such, the DfE encourages SMEs to work with it by:

  • Having a tender process that treats SMEs fairly and keeping its tender documents as simple as possible,
  • Supporting commercial relationships between the department and SMEs, and SMEs and larger organisations,
  • Monitoring its SME spend against both its own and wider government targets, and reporting to the Cabinet Office for publication.

The most common tenders published by the DfE are for the following services:

  • Education and training,
  • Health and social work,
  • Business services (e.g., recruitment, printing, consulting, law, security, marketing).

If you are bidding or intend to bid for a DfE tender, then contact us at to arrange a supplier insight briefing to learn more about the DfE and how it evaluates the tenders it receives.

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