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Procurement

​​Education Scotland procures goods and services from a variety of suppliers. As an executive agency, we must ensure our procurement procedures are in line with Scottish Government Procurement Policy. This policy is quite specific and is designed to ensure that as a Public Contracting Authority, Education Scotland achieves optimum value for money (VFM) through the use of open competition.

The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 give effect in Scots law to the European Directive on procurement in the public sector (Directive 2014/24/EU). This legislation ensures that, as a public sector body, we award all contracts in an efficient and non-discriminatory manner.

Education Scotland procurement strategy

Education Scotland’s procurement strategy sets out our key objective and priorities for the next three years. The purpose of the strategy is to ensure we make best use of our budget by maximising the benefits from the goods and services we buy.

PDF file: Procurement Strategy (141 KB)

Education Scotland procurement policy

The Education Scotland Procurement Policy Manual sets out the rules that apply to Education Scotland staff who are involved in procurement activity. It applies to all procurement of all goods and services.

PDF file: Procurement Policy Manual - August 2018 (293 KB)

Annual Procurement Report

Education Scotland’s Annual Procurement Report reviews regulated procurement activity during the year.

PDF file: Education Scotland Annual Procurement Report (419 KB)

Contract register

PDF file: Contract register - April 2019 (35 KB)​

Current tenders

All contract notices above £50,000 are advertised on Public Contracts Scotland. You must be registered on the portal to access any of these opportunities.

The supplier journey

Suppliers can find an explanation of how the process of awarding a public sector contract works, written in straightforward terms on the Supplier Journey pages on the Scottish Government website.

The information provided therein, sets out what buyers expect you to do at each stage in that process. It gives practical information on how you can find out about business opportunities, how to bid for business, and what to expect when delivering the contract. It also tells you what support is available to help you win business, and what you can do if you are unsuccessful.

Terms and conditions of contract

Education Scotland will use the Scottish Government Standard Terms and Conditions for the majority of all purchases.

Framework agreements

Education Scotland works with the Scottish Government and its Agencies by utilising collaborative contracts and framework agreements. A full list of frameworks and contracts is on the Scottish Government Procurement webpage.

Suppliers' charter

Education Scotland has made a commitment with regards to how we treat our suppliers. Details of this commitment are on the Suppliers Charter page on the Scottish Government website.

Contact us

For more information please email edsprocurement@educationscotland.gov.scot.

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