Purchasing

  • Academy reviews of value for money
    Academies must include a review of value for money in their annual accounts. Read about the purpose and structure of the review, and see examples from other academy trusts.
  • Achieving value for money: guidance and resources
    Read our advice on getting value for money when paying for goods and services. Find useful links to resources to help you manage your finances effectively.
  • Contracts register: template
    Use our template contracts register to keep a record of all of your school's contracts and service level agreements in one place.
  • How to buy goods, works or services
    As a maintained school or academy, you have a duty to get the best value for money from contracts you enter into. Follow our step-by-step procurement guide and use our downloadable flowchart to make sure you're buying in the right way.
  • Invitations to tender: templates and examples
    See guidance on invitations to tender (ITT), including when you do and don't need to use them, along with examples from LAs and a school.
  • Procurement Act summary
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    Get an overview of how the new Procurement Act 2023 will change the way you buy some high-value goods and services. Download and share this QuickRead with colleagues so they know what to expect.
  • Service level agreements: template and examples
    Download and adapt our service level agreement template. See examples of SLAs used by schools and get guidance on determining the responsibilities of each party.