ASCL welcomes the opportunity to respond to the consultation. We are aware that many of the organisations and agencies with which we work will have replied separately. This response is an attempt to consolidate the views of our members.
We note that questions 1-8 are about respondents to the consultation. This response is made on behalf of ASCL.
In principle, ASCL supports the view that procurement is an area where school leaders, governors and trustees would benefit from advice and support. Procurement and contract management can often be a complex process that requires specialist knowledge. However, based on the information provided and a lack of data and evidence from the Buying Hub pilot, we have reservations about the approach outlined in this consultation.
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