Despite its great promises of savings and improved quality, “Best Value” has turned out to be one of the most complicated and troublesome concepts in school purchasing.
The reason for this is largely because Best Value turns out to be very hard to define, including as it does issues such as price, quality, reliability, contracts, guarantees and alternative approaches.
However, Best Value remains an essential element of many schools’ armoury in terms of managing their budgets. Indeed for many schools it is the mechanism that is allowing them to balance the budget and move forward with financial confidence year on year.
Indeed, when one comes across schools that are actually saving £50,000 a year or more through having implemented a comprehensive Best Value programme, it is clear that there is something in Best Value that goes beyond a tick box on an order form asserting that this purchase is a “Best Value” purchase.
The School of Educational Administration and Management has spent the past three years working with schools that have participated in our national School Efficiency programme in order to resolve how it is that some schools are using Best Value to save significant sums, while in other schools the concept is having little or no impact.
We have now produced our guide to implementing a Best Value policy in schools, examining what it means, and what schools that are saving significant sums through implementing Best Value programmes, are actually doing.
The paper “How to ensure that your school always gets best value for money” is now available from the School of Educational Administration and Management as a download for just £6.95.
Should you wish to place a school order for the report instead of ordering it on line there is an additional charge of £2.50.
You can order:
- On line at http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=78&products_id=811
- By telephone with a credit card or school order number at 01536 399011
- By fax to 01536 399 012
- By email to email@example.com
- By post to The School of Educational Administration and Mangement, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH
Director, School of Educational Management and Administration