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Delivering STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills for the economy

Government efforts to improve the quality and take-up of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills have yielded some positive results but there remains an urgent need for departments to set out a shared view of what they are trying to achieve and a co-ordinated plan for achieving it.

Published:
17 Jan 2018
Boys in the classroom

Converting maintained schools to academies

This report focuses on the arrangements for converting schools to academies. We assess the Department for Education’s approach and the extent of conversion; the robustness, cost and speed of the conversion process; and the availability of sponsors and multi-academy trusts to support schools to convert to academies.

Published:
22 Feb 2018
Exams being taken

Confirmed impacts: Providing clarity over the arrangements for oversight and funding of alternative higher education providers

This impacts case study shows how government has improved controls over standards as a result of our report, which underlined the risks in rapidly expanding a new market.

It is one example of financial or non-financial benefits realised in 2014 as a result of our involvement, all of which are set out in our interactive PDF.

Published:
15 Oct 2015