The DoE last week agreed that personnel, finance or administration work performed in locally managed schools should be deemed to have been market tested, as theoretically the governing bodies could buy in the services from elsewhere. This means the work can count towards councils' competition requirement. Councils will have to work out what proportion of each defined activity is performed in schools.These figures can then be subtracted from the amount of each service which has to be subjected to competition.
The local authority associations had originally argued that schools based professional work should be excluded entirely from white collar CCT. But they are pleased a compromise has been reached.