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Six steps to solid contracts

Mia Hunt gleans expert tips on how to ensure any agreements you make with service providers are worth the paper they’re written on

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The primary role of a headteacher as a school figurehead, manager of staff and continual raiser of standards hasn’t changed much over the years. But what is different about the job today compared with even a decade or so ago is that it increasingly involves – against the backdrop of dwindling resources – additional, less familiar duties.

The management of contracts is one such duty that has added to headteachers’ loads, and one that, if dealt with incorrectly, could result in serious consequences. Service contracts – whether for IT maintenance, cleaning, landscaping or catering – tend to be ...

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