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Schools and LEAs given low marks for procurement

The government's schools building programme is suffering from a lack of procurement skills within schools and local authorities, the audit commission has found. In its Improving School Buildings report, published last week, the commission concluded that headteachers lack the experience to run large building projects, 50 per cent of LEA property services departments are 'unsatisfactory or poor', and there are 'systematic problems' behind the government's system of investment in school ...

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