This DfE approved framework provides a simple and compliant way to buy staff absence insurance and reimbursement policies. It offers a solution to any staff absence requirement ensuring educational institutions are financially supported when staff sickness or absence occurs.

Use CPC’s Staff Absence Protection and Reimbursement framework to access a range of market leading providers who offer policies for managing the cost of staff absence or sickness.

Policy options are flexible and can be tailored to individual requirements allowing you to determine your own benefit periods and excess periods. Insurance and reimbursement policies can provide cover for absences caused by:

  • accident
  • illness
  • compassionate leave
  • jury service
  • suspension
  • maternity
  • paternity
  • adoption
  • bereavement
  • mental health
  • stranded staff
  • hazardous sports / winter activities

There are also options to cover pre-existing conditions or any ongoing absences your educational institution may have.

The framework providers can offer additional value through rehabilitation and wellbeing support services designed to help prevent and reduce the number of absences.


Key Facts

Start date
24th May 2021
End date
23rd May 2024
Optional extension
23rd May 2025
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The Department for Education (DfE) recommend this framework to Schools and Academies.

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Key Benefits of this Framework

  1. Compliant with UK Public Sector Procurement Legislation
  2. Choice of provider and policy options
  3. Proven value for money through further competition
  4. Single process to receive multiple quotations from approved providers
  5. Supporting framework guidance and documentation
  6. CPC and Risk2Value assistance and support

How can I use this Framework

Members must run a further competition utilising the Staff Absence Questionnaire available below to determine the provider that best meets their requirements. The Staff Absence Questionnaire has been developed in conjunction with the framework providers to collate the minimum level of information required to prepare quotations. Members should also include additional information such as the levels of benefit required, claims history and any special requirements where appropriate. Further information about the framework and further competition process is available in the framework user guide.


Get a Quote

The CPC Quote Tool is free to use for all our members and offers quick, compliant access to all suppliers on our frameworks for purchases that fall below £213,477.

"The Quote Tool was easy to use and time saving, resulting in a straightforward process where we just had to put the details in once and could then use the reputable suppliers already recommended."

Deborah Anderson-Dixon, Finance Manager at Sir William Romney's School

For purchases that exceed £213,477, the CPC Sourcing Cloud is available that complies with the regulations to allow electronic tender returns whilst still being free to use for our members. Find out more about CPC Sourcing Cloud.

Use This Framework

Sign in to your user account to get a quote.

Don't have a user account? If your institution is already a member, you can create your own user account.

Sign up for free and use this framework

You can buy through our frameworks if your institution is a CPC member. It’s free to join if you are from a school, academy, multi-academy trust, college, university or you offer educational services.

CPC is owned by the education sector and our 85 frameworks are designed to save you money whilst being safe, easy to use and compliant. Your CPC membership also provides:

  • One-to-one procurement support
  • Fully funded CPD accredited procurement courses
  • The opportunity to get funding from our charity CPL Group

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Associated Documentation

The following documents are associated with this framework. Some are required for successful use of the framework and are clearly marked.

File Details Essential
Framework User GuideThis provides all the background information on the Staff Absence Protection and Reimbursement framework including the original tender document, award criteria, terms and conditions, contract notices, and information on the further competition process. YesDownload
Mini Competition ChecklistIt is recommended that members utilise this checklist when undertaking a mini-competition process to maximise the likelihood of obtaining a satisfactory quantity and quality of bid responses from suppliers YesDownload
Staff Absence QuestionnaireInstitutions should complete this short questionnaire to request proposals from all framework providers as part of their further competition process. YesDownload
Staff Absence Tender Scoring MatrixThis matrix makes the evaluation of any Staff Absence Supplier bids easier to manage when used in conjunction with the Staff Absence Questionnaire. YesDownload
Pre-Tender Warm Up LetterIt is recommended best practice to warm up the market in advance of your mini-competition process. Once completed, members can attach this document to a request for quotation in order to contact potential suppliers. YesDownload
Staff Absence Protection vs Staff Absence Mutual AgreementThis document has been put together in order to allow member institutions to make an informed decision on which route they would like to take in order to obtain cover, by giving a comparison of the two available Lots. Download

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Contract Manager

The contracting authority for this framework is Crescent Purchasing Consortium.

Michelle Newcombe

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