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ERIC Number: ED453652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 103
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-11-271092-1
Furniture and Equipment in Schools: A Purchasing Guide. Managing School Facilities, Guide 7.
Wadsworth, Alison
This document offers advice on the processes that should be followed when schools in the United Kingdom buy their furniture and equipment (F&E). Sections 1 and 2 examine the first steps, prior to purchasing, such as curriculum analysis and market exploration; and sections 3 and 4 explore the importance of creating a clear specification for F&E, both to ensure that a school gets what it wants and that it achieves value for the money. The way in which the money can be organized into categories to ensure a balanced budget is also considered, as is the need to take a whole school approach to F&E. Section 5 analyzes the types of suppliers schools may use to purchase F&E and the criteria that should be used to choose the most appropriate route. It also features a flow chart to give schools a clearly set out route for choosing the most appropriate supplier for their situation. Appendices contain detailed F&E issues such as size, quality, and aesthetics; some F&E project case studies; and references to publications and Internet sites where information can be found on highly detailed subjects such as worktop specification. (GR)
The Stationary Office, P.O. Box 29, St. Crispins House, Duke Street, Norwich NR3 1PD England (13.95 British pounds). Tel: 0870-600-5522; Fax: 0870-600-5533; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department for Education and Employment, London (England). Architects and Building Branch.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom