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school procurement: buying collaboratively

23 February 2015

About this departmental advice

This is advice from the Department for Education. This advice is non-statutory, and has been produced to help schools understand how buying together or collaboratively may achieve efficiencies as well as having an impact on teaching and learning, saving teachers time and engaging pupils.

Expiry or review date

This advice will next be reviewed following the introduction of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

Who is this advice for?

This advice is for school leaders, school business managers, bursars, non-educational staff and governing bodies in all maintained, free schools and academies.

This document highlights:

  • tips for collaborative procurement
  • further considerations
  • example memorandum of understanding (MOU)
  • example terms of reference for a project board.
Click here to read this advice from the Department for Education

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