This DfE-led project is moving to the next phase. The first hub pilots will commence in February in the North West and South West, and aim to support schools to help procure goods and services in the most efficient and effective way.
The hubs will provide:
expert advice and guidance on buying
template/exemplar documentation for buying
help with complex contracts, in areas such as catering, cleaning, premises and technology services
promotion of local collaboration, where there is an opportunity to reduce costs on areas such as learning resources, ICT learning resources and administrative supplies
contract management support
The number of schools that can sign up for this free service is limited to 900 in each region. To sign up or find out more, please see here.
Other regions: If your school is outside the pilot area for the hubs, one of your local school business professional networks could provide the buying support you need. Networks provide opportunities to share good practice and provide the opportunity to potentially save money, for example, by facilitating bulk purchasing on some goods and services. Find out if there is a local network near to you by emailing CGcommunciations@education.gov.uk
You can find details of the national deals that are available to schools online here. The DfE has also published a wide range of tools and support on efficiency available to schools, online here.