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Our Key Principles

Academies within the Trust are fully involved in the development of central services which is an ongoing process. In tendering services, academy requirements will be scoped and where appropriate recommendations and best practice sought. External services provision will be reviewed before contracts are renewed and feedback sought from academies as part of this process.

The Trust has a purchasing policy that will ensure that money is spent in a way that is fair, open and good value for money. When looking at the contract value to determine appropriate tendering arrangements, the Trust will need to determine how much is spent by academies across the Trust, and over how many years to determine the overall contract value.

Academies will be expected to use the purchasing policy in procuring supplies and services at a local level according to the Scheme of Delegation.

Services provided centrally will be flexible and responsive to the needs of the individual academies and the Trust as a whole.