New DfE guidance on buying

24 January 2017

The DfE has published an outline of initiatives to help all schools improve how they buy goods and services. It has also published guidance for schools and academy trusts reviewing staff workforce structures.

Aimed at school leaders and business managers, the Schools’ Buying Strategy aims to support schools to save over £1 billion a year by the 2019 to 2020 academic year on non-staff spend and allow them to invest in high-quality education. It will help school leaders review their staff structures regularly, as part of annual school improvement, curriculum and financial planning. Please also see the following links:

School workforce planning guidance

Curriculum planning tool (ODS)

Curriculum planning tool (Excel spreadsheet)