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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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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.

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3 Sep 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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Published:
25 Feb 2014

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Performance and capability of the Education Funding Agency

The Education Funding Agency has fulfilled most of its day-to-day responsibilities, but faces increasing expectations from the Department for Education.

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Published:
29 Jan 2014

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Department for Education and Education Funding Agency financial statements for 2012-13

Amyas Morse, the Comptroller and Auditor General, has qualified his opinion on the accounts of the Department for Education and the Education Funding Agency (EFA) on a number of grounds.

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16 Jan 2014

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Establishing Free Schools

Many new Free Schools have been established quickly and at relatively low cost but the DfE will need to tackle a rising cost trend and systematically learn lessons from problems in a few early wave schools.

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11 Dec 2013

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Student loan repayments

BIS will not be well-placed to secure value for money on student loan repayments until it has a more robust strategy to improve collection performance.

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28 Nov 2013

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2012-13 review of the data systems for the Department for Education

Review of a sample of the data systems underpinning the input and impact indicators in the Department for Education’s Business Plan, Common Areas of Spend and wider management information.
This review was carried out on the 2012-15 Business Plan. Revised Business Plans were issued in June 2013.

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12 Aug 2013

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Communication with academy auditors 2013

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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8 Jul 2013

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Capital funding for new school places

The Department has increased funding for new school places, but there are indications of real strain, with 256,000 new places still needed by 2014/15.

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Published:
15 Mar 2013

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Managing the expansion of the academies programme

The rapid expansion of the programme has been a significant achievement, but the DfE was unprepared for the scale of the financial implications.

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22 Nov 2012

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