The new building framework was originally expected to be worth around £6bn but has mushroomed to a forecast capital spend of £8bn over the next four years.
It will replace the existing £4bn main contractors framework, launched in 2013 to deliver larger school projects that expires in November.
This came in for a lot of criticism for being too main contractor heavy and later suffered for having a limited choice of pre-tendered firm as the recovery saw big builders turn down opportunities to bid for smaller school schemes.
Under the latest EFA plans there will be a total of 22 lots covering a wider collection of regions as well mid and low value projects.
The country will be divided into two regions – the north and south – for larger projects, in much the same way as before. This element of the programme will account for around £4bn of work.
Education Funding Agency construction framework (lots value)
High value: North (£1.4bn); South (£2.6bn)
Mid value: North East and Yorkshire (£240m); East Midlands (£210m); East England (£400m); London (£410m); South (£570m); South West (£240m); West Mdlands (£230m); North West (£200m).
Low Value: North East (£80m); Yorkshire & Humber (£85m); East Midlands (£105m); East England A (£115m); East England B (£25m); London (£245m); South East A (£235m); South East B (£135m); South West A (£80m); South West B (£80m); West Midlands (£125m); North West (£90m)
Successful firms will help to deliver free schools, academies, university technical colleges, sixth form colleges, further education colleges and other educational facilities.