In arguing whether or not commercial activities in schools can be positive, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that commerce can add significantly to the resource needs of schools in the form of materials and equipment, whilst building and reinforcing tangible links between the school and the business community.

However, companies do not provide ‘something for nothing’ – there is normally a quid pro quo. It is therefore vital that schools develop a framework and establish guiding principles in assessing the merit, or otherwise, of pursuing any commercial relationship.

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