The Department for Education (DfE) plans to launch a service to help schools with procurement and have asked for feedback on the proposal.
The service for schools and school buyers called ‘Get Help Buying for Schools’ follows pilots in the North East and West of England. The Department now plan to roll the service out nationally.
Get Help Buying will digitally provide support in planning a procurement and creating a specification, with plans to eventually be able to guide schools through the whole buying process. Schools will also be able to access procurement specialists for advice and to conduct procurement on their behalf.
DfE has held a consultation on their proposals, asking sector members how much they agree with a set of statements as well as asking for comments. School Food Matters believe the new service provides an opportunity to improve consistency and drive-up standards in school food.
In our response we have highlighted the need for procurement frameworks to guarantee suppliers meet the School Food Standards. We also recommended that considerations of ‘value’ must give more weight to quality, nutritional and social value than cost.
A full summary of our response can be found below.