Effective buying for your school

Departmental advice for schools on buying practice and how to achieve better value for money.



This departmental advice is for:

  • school leaders
  • school staff
  • governing bodies

It relates to:

  • local-authority-maintained schools
  • academy trusts
  • free schools

The advice outlines basic rules of procurement, which aim to ensure that public funds are spent openly and fairly. It also aims to protect schools against:

  • legal challenges
  • financial penalties
  • reputation damage