What we do for education

Established in 1981, ESPO are a public sector organisation with decades of experience working with, and buying on behalf of, education providers just like yours. Trust us for advice, outstanding value and to always offer a fantastic range of items, plus frameworks giving you access to many thousands more products and services.
We are here to help and are very proud to help you to shape  the young minds of the future. From nurseries and early years right through to schools, academies, further education (colleges) and higher education (universities), our job is to make sure that your job is that little bit easier.

New: If you are part of a Multi Academy Trust, find out how we can offer additional support and savings when for using ESPO.

Quick links: Take a look at our frameworks, expert advice, or credentials.

Our product catalogue

With big name brands you’ll recognise as well as value for money alternatives, we’ve got it all. You can view our catalogue online or order a printed copy for free. Once you’re ready to order, simply apply for an account on our website.

Investing in choice

Our catalogue has been used in schools for many years, but that doesn’t mean we rest on our laurels – we continually invest in sourcing new products, and improving the ranges in our catalogue. Our 2020-2021 edition contains over 27,000 products, with new products added this year for science, PSHE, sport, outdoor activity and more.
Case study: Read how we helped supply Burwell Village College with smartboards.

Quality and value

Feedback from customers tells us that two of the things you rate most highly are quality and value. We aim to provide professional solutions for all our customers, sourcing education products and services for all areas of the curriculum and for all ages. Our best value curriculum equipment can help your school or academy continually improve and achieve the outcomes and goals you are aspiring towards.

“I have just ordered six ink stamps using ESPO and couldn’t believe the price - £8 each compared to my usual supplier who charged £79 each…very impressed.”

S Kaur, Forest Lodge School, Leicester

Prices worth shouting about

We continually benchmark our low prices against other school supplies catalogues in both the public and private sector. ESPO is proud to be able to say that we consistently out-perform other suppliers in this, giving you, our customers, the value for money that we think you deserve, and that you tell us you appreciate.

Look out for the multicoloured Smartbuy logo for our range of high-quality, low-cost essential items, covering everything from stationery to cleaning equipment and even furniture. Find out more or view the full range on our catalogue website.


Frameworks are a shortcut to access a wide range of products and services available directly from hundreds of different suppliers, covering everything from playground equipment to photocopier maintenance and even electricity supply.

These are pre-written agreements that allow you to place orders with suppliers in a way that meets all the necessary EU and UK procurement regulations. ESPO does all the hard work such as: quality checking and due diligence on all suppliers, negotiating the best possible prices, and agreeing terms and conditions that are clear and fair for all parties involved.

Our most popular frameworks for schools and academies include:

You can also download or print our full list of frameworks in our Reference Guide.

“We used ESPO to source furniture, school equipment and services for our brand new school. We were impressed with both the quality and value of the products and services supplied and the professionalism of the suppliers and contractors.”

Diane Bagulay, Cambourne Village Academy

The case studies section of our Spotlight page gives a number of examples of schools that have benefitted from using our frameworks, including the following:

Expert advice

We have a dedicated team of Account Managers throughout the country who are always on hand to help with your procurement needs or questions - their details can be found on our Contact page. It costs nothing to ask!

We also have a Furniture & Equipment Projects team who can help you to manage large procurement projects, for example furniture for a new or refurbished school. We can be involved as much or little as you wish.

Our aim above all is to help you make the best possible purchasing decisions, so we try to share our expertise whenever possible. Sign up to our mailing list to receive our regular education newsletter, filled with news, tips and offers. You can also view past editions on our website.

“We recently undertook an ESPO ‘Schools Purchasing Healthcheck’; benchmarking a wide range if the products and services purchased by our school. We are very pleased to report this helped us to identify over £12,000 of potential annual saving we could make.”

Tracey Parr, Bursary Assistant, St Faith’s School, Cambridge

You're in good hands

We work closely with a number of partners including ISBL, BESA, and the Youth Sports Trust, to keep up to date with changes in education and innovations in teaching and learning.

Our commitment to delivering value to our customers has been demonstrated by a number of national awards, for example winning Supplier of the Year at the Education Resources Awards in both 2017 and 2018 (and being a finalist in 2019 and 2020).

Most importantly we consider our relationship with every customer to be our greatest partnership. We realise that the goods and services you obtain through ESPO are an integral contribution to your ability to impact positively on young people’s lives, and we encourage feedback to help us constantly improve.

We are proud to have won the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service award for 2020, for obtaining an average service rating of over 4.5 out of 5, based on reviews from our catalogue customers, every year since 2016.

Working in partnership with

Love British Food
Youth Sport Trust
ERA 2018
Feefo 2021