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PFI - Friend or Foe?

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This programme explores whether the relationships built at the Hadley Learning Community are a marriage made in heaven or a partnership doomed for failure.

With PFI projects having a poor reputation in the tabloid press, a showpiece #60 million development like the Hadley Learning Community attracts a lot of attention.

Dr Gill Eatough, principal at the learning community, is a key figure in making the PFI process contract work to the advantage of both parties. The best way to spend #5 million pounds on ICT for the school is just one of the major decisions she must make with Interserve plc, the company building the school. Gill discovers that she has quite a lot of influence when it comes to getting a good price from her suppliers.

Under the PFI process, a local authority enters into a long term relationship with a construction consortium to build and run a school for 25 years. Getting the relationships wrong could have far reaching consequences.

Part of the series: Future School

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