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National School Procurement Survey (NSPS14)

Jul 08, 2014

The second national annual survey into the state of school procurement in England has been launched.

School business managers, headteachers, bursars and governors in state and independent schools across England are invited to take part in the National School Procurement Survey (NSPS14).

The survey runs until Friday 11th July 2014 and will add to the detailed national picture of the procurement practices of schools first revealed by last year's inaugural survey. Results of NSPS14 - which will be completely anonymous - will be shared with schools, education policy makers, unions and education suppliers in the autumn.

The survey has been developed by, the National Register of Education Suppliers. It is being backed by Incensu partners the National Association of School Business Management (NASBM), TheSchoolBus, ourselves (Minerva) and Zenergi. The National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) and the FD Forum are also supporting the survey.


The survey seeks schools' responses on a range of procurement topics and associated issues, including:

  • The greatest challenges faced in school procurement today
  • How often schools believe they are achieving best value for money in their buying decisions
  • How schools source suppliers
  • The most important factors influencing the procurement of goods and services


The online survey can be accessed at

  • It'll take no more than 10 - 15 minutes to complete
  • Once you have completed the survey you will be entered into a prize draw to win a range of gift vouchers
  • As mentioned previously, the findings will be shared with schools, education policy makers, unions and education suppliers


Peter Melville, a school business director and founder of, said:

"The results of this year's survey will allow us to compare changes in schools' experiences of procurement since the first survey was held in summer 2013. This information will help schools develop more efficient and cost effective approaches to procurement."

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