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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: tools, guidance and case studies
Read our advice on getting value for money. We look at resources designed to help schools achieve value for money from the DfE. You will also find a download with expert guidance on budget efficiency.
Contracts register: template
Use our template contracts register to keep a record of all of your school's contracts or service level agreements in one place.
Declaring pecuniary interests: guidance
Is there guidance for schools on declaring pecuniary interests? This article refers to guidance from a local authority and a school, and relays advice from one of our associate education experts on who should declare pecuniary interests. We also point to examples of registers of pecuniary interests.
How to buy goods, works or services
As a maintained school or an academy, you have a duty to make sure you obtain the best value for money from any contracts you enter into. Follow our step-by-step procurement guide to make sure you're buying in the right way and complying with the law.
How to protect your school against payment fraud
Learn about what phishing is, what to look out for and how to avoid it in your school. Create a process for paying invoices and use our template to collect new supplier information.
Invitations to tender: templates and examples
See guidance and examples for invitations to tender (ITT) so you know what yours should look like and include.
Related party transactions: requirements and guidance
Make sure that your academy trust is meeting the requirements for managing related party transactions, including the new requirements for reporting and approval of transactions which comes into effect from 1 April 2019.
School catering: improving financial efficiency
How can we improve the financial efficiency of our school's catering provision? We link to guidance from the National Audit Office (NAO) and relay advice from one of our associate education experts. We cover such topics as in-house and out-sourced catering, food waste and pricing structures.
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.
When you need to re-procure
Contracts coming to an end? As a maintained school or academy, you need to make sure you're spending public money wisely and getting best value for money from your contracts for goods and services.
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