Education and skills

Spanning the full spectrum of education and skills, the NAO covers the responsibilities of two government departments - Education and Business, Innovation and Skills. We audit the accounts of both departments, and also examine the sector as a whole.

Our ability to gain wide-ranging insights and produce practical recommendations is widely valued by educational practitioners. Our work is designed to provide assurance on whether the billions of pounds of public money are spent objectively and achieve the maximum benefit.

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Comptroller and Auditor General’s Report on the Department for Education financial statements 2013-14

The inability of the DfE to prepare financial statements providing a true and fair view of financial activity by its group of bodies means that it is not meeting the accountability requirements of Parliament.


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21 Jan 2015

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Departmental Overview: A summary of the NAO’s work on the Department for Education 2013-14

This Departmental Overview is one of 15 we are producing covering our work on each major government department. It summarises our work on the Department for Education during 2013-14.

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17 Dec 2014

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Further education and skills sector: implementing the Simplification Plan

A plan by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills to reduce complexity and administrative burdens in the further education and skills sector, despite improving some processes, has had only limited impact on providers’ costs.


4 Dec 2014

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Investigation into financial support for students at alternative higher education providers

We focus on specific concerns about the financial support provided to students attending some alternative HE colleges and other providers.


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2 Dec 2014

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Children in care

The Department for Education is not meeting its objectives to improve the quality of care and the stability of placements for children in care.

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27 Nov 2014

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Investigation into the Education Funding Agency’s oversight of related party transactions at Durand Academy

We examine the Education Funding Agency’s oversight of the Durand Academy Trust’s compliance with guidance on conflicts of interest and related party transactions.


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13 Nov 2014

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Academies and maintained schools: Oversight and intervention

The Department is not able to demonstrate the effectiveness of how it and others intervene in underperforming maintained schools and academies.


30 Oct 2014

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16- to 18-year-old participation in education and training

Value for money for the £7 billion spent on 16- to 18-year-olds has increased overall, but the Department needs better information on which reforms have proven most effective.


3 Sep 2014


Communication with academy auditors 2014

The Comptroller and Auditor General is the appointed auditor of the Department for Education and Education Funding Agency under the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000. The National Audit Office performs these audits on his behalf.


18 Aug 2014

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Progress report on the Regional Growth Fund

Improvements have been made to the running of the Regional Growth Fund, but there is still a significant amount of public money to allocate through the Fund.

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25 Feb 2014

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