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A step-by-step guide to help heads buy in external services

Value for money is a must for school leaders commissioning outside providers, but procurement advice is thin on the ground in the education sector. A new guide aims to plug the gap, finds Emma Clarke

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Social care, mental health support, counselling: these days, schools are expected to provide it all. Often, this means commissioning external services to improve outcomes for the most disadvantaged students. The question is, how should schools make sure that they are spending their money wisely?

While the National Audit Office offers general guidance on commissioning for public services, little is aimed specifically at schools. This is something that the non-profit thinktank the Young Foundation hopes to address with a new guide to commissioning services for schools, released today.

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