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Communication with academy auditors 2015

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.

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2 Sep 2015

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A Short Guide to the Department for Education

The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides, one for each government department, to assist House of Commons Select Committees.

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Published:
30 Jul 2015

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Overseeing financial sustainability in the further education sector

With the number of further education (FE) colleges in financial difficulty expected to rise rapidly, there are fundamental structural problems which might require decisions at a regional or sector-wide level.

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20 Jul 2015

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Skills Funding Agency Accounts 2014-15

Skills Funding Agency accounts qualified as £50m paid in advance to FE Colleges

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20 Jul 2015

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Care leavers’ transitions to adulthood

The government has made a commitment to improve support for young people leaving foster or residential care in England but the system is not working effectively.

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Published:
17 Jul 2015

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Funding for disadvantaged pupils

While the impact of the Pupil Premium will take time to become clear, it has the potential to bring about a significant improvement in outcomes. However, the Department for Education and schools have more to do.

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30 Jun 2015

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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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Published:
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.

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Published:
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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