Effective buying for your school

This publication was withdrawn on 2 February 2016

This content has been replaced by our guidance on ‘Buying for schools’.

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