What is BESA?
BESA, the British Educational Suppliers Association, is the trade association for companies supplying goods and services to schools. We have nearly 400 members, accounting for around 80% of all the money schools spend on items such as furniture, books, technology, stationery and classroom resources.
Code of Practice
To become a BESA member, companies undergo financial and reputational vetting, and sign up to our Code of Practice. The Code of Practice covers areas such as safeguarding and data security and is your guarantee that a company is legitimate and reliable.
Always look for the BESA logo when making purchasing decisions for your school. It is your visual seal of approval giving you peace of mind that this company is a trusted and reliable supplier.
How do I find a supplier? We can help you…
Find reliable suppliers
Pick the right product for your school
In the current economic situation, it can be difficult to know who to turn to when looking for the right supplier for your school.
Using the supplier directory
Our Find a Supplier directory allows you to browse members by category including general equipment, science materials, books, consumables, furniture, technology, ICT hardware or EdTech.
You can contact our members directly for more information about their products and services – their contact details are on their page.
Dedicated to helping you provide high standards of education to your pupils, BESA members are committed to offering you the best value for money. To check whether a company is a BESA member or to search for a new supplier, go here.
Free trials of educational technology products
LendED is a BESA initiative supported by the Department for Education as part of the government’s education technology (EdTech) strategy. LendED is an online platform that helps you find EdTech products that best meet the needs of your school.
LendED enables you to:
Search over 200 EdTech products from BESA members
Read case studies and testimonials from fellow teachers
Take a FREE no-obligation trial for your school
LendED is free to use – simply go to LendED.org.uk
Ten free education technology CPD conferences for senior leaders in schools
Now in its second year, the LearnED Roadshow is a series of FREE CPD-accredited education technology (EdTech) conferences for teachers. All sessions are practitioner-led so you can hear how other schools have used EdTech to increase engagement, improve pupil outcomes and reduce teacher workload.
The roadshow event is open to headteachers, SLT members and ICT leads. Each event is free to attend and can be booked by clicking on the individual link.
- Essex, Rainham(SEND edition), CEME – 14 November 2019
- Newcastle Racecourse – 27 November 2019
- Nottingham – January
- Exeter, Sandy Park Conference Centre- 6 February 2020
- Peterborough – March
- Birmingham – March
- Ashford International Hotel – 30 April 2020
- Oxford – June
- London, QEII Centre – 26 June 2020
- Liverpool, Aintree Racecourse – 10 July 2020