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Risk protection arrangement (RPA): a decade of supporting schools and trusts

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It’s been 10 years since the DfE introduced its alternative to commercial insurance, the Risk Protection Arrangement (RPA). DfE Commercial Director Susan Dawson has been involved in RPA since inception. In this blog post, Susan looks back at what the service has delivered, and continues to deliver for schools and trusts.

How joining a school business professional network could help you with buying for your school

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A headshot of Frances Rowland, Chair of the ABLE Network, with a quote alongside which reads: "Your fellow SBPs can understand the ups and downs of the job in a way that other colleagues in your school cannot". The ABLE logo is situated underneath the quote.

In the latest Buying for Schools blog post, network Chair Frances Rowland explains how the ABLE network supports school business professionals, and why you should consider joining a network if you’re not a member already.

Sustainable drainage systems for schools – environmentally friendly flood prevention

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Amy Greenough, DfE’s lead for the Schools Water Strategy, talks about the sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) projects her team has worked on in partnership with water companies and Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFA), to reduce the surface water flood risk across the school estate.

One year on from the refreshed School Resource Management (SRM) strategy

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Cherise Heavey, Communications and User-Engagement Lead from the School Resource Management (SRM) team, explains what the SRM offer is, what's new in the SRM offer, and what's coming up in 2023. 

My experience of using Get help buying for schools to buy catering and cleaning for my school

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Three primary school aged children eating their school dinner. The middle child is laughing.

In this blog post, Jason Murgatroyd, Executive Head at Grangetown Primary School in Middlesbrough, shares his experience of using Get help buying for schools to buy catering and cleaning, and how it could help you with your buying too.

Free funding available for National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) for teachers and school leaders

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Teachers are the foundation of the education system – there are no great schools without great teachers. Alistair Guest from the DfE’s NPQ Policy Unit talks to Dave Ellison-Lee, Director of Education at RISE multi-academy trust about his experience of the departments support for teachers and leaders to develop their expertise.