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As publicly funded bodies, both academy trusts and governing bodies of maintained schools will need to comply with the provisions of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006.
Underperforming schools are being asked to work with sponsors to provide vision and support.
The number of pupils in England is rising and there are high levels of demand for pupil places, which local authorities are struggling to meet.
An independent review published in April 2011 looked into the way that capital is spent on schools in England and recommended a complete overhaul of the system.