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.
  • Contracts register: template
    Use our template contracts register to keep a record of all of your school's contracts and service level agreements in 1 place.
  • Deciding who should manage procurement in your trust
    You need to set the right level of delegation when it comes to procurement, based on what’s right for your trust. Use this guidance to help you decide how centralised your procurement should be, and how to delegate key tasks.
    For Trust Leaders
  • How to buy goods, works or services
    As a maintained school or an academy, you have a duty to get 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 a school from 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.
  • How to write a contract
    Here's a guide to what you should include in a contract, with advice to help you tailor this to the value and importance of what you've purchased and who you've bought from.