Poor decisions about the procurement of goods and services can have a major impact on financial viability. Schools must, therefore, have effective procurement strategies and procedures in place to support their core business. This minimises the risk of expensive and disruptive mistakes, ensures the principles of Best Value are being followed, and protects schools’ interests. All staff — not just those responsible for ordering — should understand the procurement procedures.

Although the UK is no longer a member of the EU, for very large procurement projects, the Government rules on procurement still specify that the EU regulations on tendering still apply. Once a supplier has been chosen, contractual terms must be put in place and the supplier’s performance monitored against the agreed specifications.

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