Helping schools buy better

Simon Hill, Managing Director

The ever-increasing pressure to save money and make cut backs, while still delivering quality lessons, paying teachers, keeping the lights on and investing in curriculum resources can seem like an impossible balancing act for most schools.

Schools are opting to ‘make do and mend’ when it comes to replacing equipment like chairs and desks, or computers or even textbooks and exercise books. What they can’t avoid is paying teachers wages or overheads like the energy bill.

So how do schools balance the scales? For over 40 years, schools have been buying from YPO, a publicly owned buying consortium that can be used to bulk buy products and resources at an affordable price. Over recent years, budgets that used to be held centrally with the local authority are now being devolved to the school level. On one hand, this gives them more control but on the other, it means buying power could be much less.

“Buying patterns have changed quite fundamentally. YPO’s mission is to try and join the links back up.”

The challenge of this is met with two solutions offered by YPO. The first is that good value resources and equipment required to deliver innovative and every-day teaching can be bought through YPO’s catalogues which include over 30,000 products. Due to YPO’s bulk buying power, the catalogue and website prices provide significant savings to schools year-on-year.

Secondly is the services side of the organisation. YPO can supply schools with services such as electricity, insurance, food and grounds maintenance, and the same principles apply. YPO will strike deals with suppliers on behalf of the schools and can help set up contracts at a competitive price.

Working with an organisation like YPO presents schools with a few different ways that can help them during challenging times.

If you’d like to find out more about how YPO can help you buy better visit our website or contact 01924 834 960.


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