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Schools duty to rate and review suppliers

The practice of rating and reviewing companies has grown exponentially over the last decade. The success of Amazon, Tripadvisor and Trustatrader for example have been built on the very foundations of ratings and reviews and this digital custom shows no sign of slowing down. In fact the habit of reading reviews before making financial decisions is one which is common to many of us.

Incensu provides the infrastructure within the education sector for sharing experiences of products and services. Hundreds of headteachers, school business leaders and other education professionals have already provided valuable testimonials. In fact, when questioned in the last National School Procurement Survey, 100 per cent of headteachers and school business leaders said they were willing to recommend, rate and review companies with experience of working with their school to help other schools in their procurement decisions.

At a time when there is pressure on school budgets, finding suppliers with a proven track record of providing best value for money is a real asset. All UK education budget holders are encouraged to get involved from School Business Leaders procuring outsourced services for the whole school and middle leaders purchasing subject specific equipment to teachers wishing to share their views on school trip destinations or the latest classroom app. Everyone has their part to play.

The benefits speak for themselves. With greater involvement and increased shared best practice in procurement between schools, the quality of suppliers and value for money that can be achieved can only rise. This empowers schools to maximise budgets and truly get the best learning environments for our students.

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