See the associated resources section for links to sites providing information on procurement training, top buying tips and professional development opportunities for school business managers.
Pro5 offer existing contracts and framework agreements covering a range of goods and services for schools to use. The group is made up of:
Government Procurement Service - formally known as Buying Solutions - a national public sector procurement portal to access existing contracts and framework agreements.
Local authority services for schools - The EMIE website provides links to catalogues and brochures describing services to schools provided by local authorities - listed by local authority. Many local authorities provide a wide range of support on procurement, including support tailored to their local area.
UK regulations - The Government Procurement Service provides details of current policy and application of EU rules in to UK law and regulations.
Audit Commission - provides a range of information and resource packs for schools on financial management and securing value for money. Schools may find the tools on managing school resources, workforce planning and SEN/AEN value for money, particularly useful.
A PDF version of the tips to download.
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A TDA publication to assist schools in developing the SBM role.
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The DfE's free online training course for staff new to purchasing (or as a refresher course for more experienced buyers). To register you need your school's four digit ID number and local authority name.
Link to the ASCL page for all one-day conferences - this page is updated on a regular basis.
The Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) provides procurement services. Membership is available to any institution providing further education in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
The National College has a key strategic role in promoting and developing the role of school business managers as an essential part of the leadership of schools. Their website provides information about the role and impact of school business managers as well as the range of professional development opportunities.
WMS is a purchasing consortium owned by four local authorities and only able to supply to non profit making organisations - the main customers being schools and local authorities.
The 'buying power behind the public sector' website provides products and services accessible to local authorities and has a number of national contracts available to schools.
The public sector's national procurement portal.