About Partnerships for Schools

PfS is a national body established to support local authorities in ensuring that secondary schools are well designed, are built on time at a reasonable cost to the taxpayer

About Building Schools for the Future

BSF confirms education as a top government priority aiming to deliver 21st century schools for every secondary school pupil. Transformation of standards and performance.

A new way of procuring schools

Partnerships for Schools (PfS) is a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB), wholly owned by the Department for Education & Skills (DfES), but jointly managed by DfES and Partnerships UK (PUK) under the terms of a Joint Venture Agreement.

PfS has been created to be the delivery vehicle for the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. BSF is a DfES program of rebuilding and renewal to ensure secondary schools have the 21st Century facilities to support and deliver their educational vision.

The key role of PfS is to ensure that investment in secondary schools is based on strong educational visions and that BSF schools are well designed, are built on time at a reasonable cost to the taxpayer, and are properly maintained over their lives.

PfS will help build strong Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), enabling the public sector to benefit from the best skills and expertise available in the private sector and reaping greater efficiencies and economies of scale

BSF Standard Documents

PfS has developed the Local Education Partnerships (LEP) model as a delivery mechanism for Building Schools for the Future (BSF).

Simply put, the LEP model allows Local Authorities to procure all the requirements of their local BSF programmes through a single long-term partnership with a private sector partner, working together with PfS and the Local Authority in a joint venture company called a LEP.

The LEP model allows public and private sectors to engage at a truly strategic level on educational planning and delivery, and allows BSF projects to be developed and delivered without the need for repetitive and inefficient procurements.

Inevitably, given that BSF is a long term programme and involves a complex mix of funding routes, services and contracts, the initial procurement has been designed to select a private sector partner (“PSP”) with a very wide range of skills and expertise and the establishment of a long term partnership in order to develop and deliver future projects in a manner that would deliver BSF Programme requirements at a local level.

Given the need to minimise procurement costs and establish these structures in the fastest timescale possible, PfS has developed the BSF standard documentation for all aspects of the procurement – ranging from:

a) the procurement documents like OJEU notices, pre-qualification questionnaires and Invitation to Negotiate documents;


b) the fundamental contractual documentation underpinning the long term partnership with the PSP, and the delivery of the principal types of BSF contracts envisaged – PFI, conventionally funded design and build or ICT.

Youth Sport Trust

Youth Sport Trust is an organisation setup with the belief that every child has the right to be physically active during their school years. A recent report released by Youth Sport Trust highlighted the power that physical education and school sport has in the develoment of young people’s potential leading to a happy, healthy and successful life.

Youth Sport Trust have an array of partners including; Matalan, Sainsburys, Virgin Active and Sky plus numerous funders such as British Olympic Foundations, England Rugby, Sport England, Loughborough University and Tennis Foundation.

Youth Sport Trust also have a preferred suppliers list for schools looking to purchase sports equipment, this can include items such as field and track equipment, cricket bats and balls, football nets and goals plus a variety of other football training equipment.