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The Comptroller and Auditor General’s Report on the Department for Education’s financial statements 2015-16

The Comptroller and Auditor General has provided an adverse opinion on the truth and fairness of the Department for Education’s group financial statements 2015-16. He has also qualified his regularity opinion because the Department has exceeded two of its expenditure limits authorised by Parliament. The Department has many challenges to overcome if it is to implement successfully its plans to provide Parliament with a better picture of academy trusts’ spending next year.

Published:
20 Dec 2016
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Children in need of help or protection

The Department for Education recognised since 2010 that child protection services are not good enough but its subsequent response has not yet resulted in better outcomes. Spending on children’s social work, including on child protection, varies widely across England and is not related to quality. Neither the DfE nor authorities understand why spending varies.

Published:
12 Oct 2016
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Training New Teachers

The government needs to do more to demonstrate how new arrangements for training new teachers are improving the quality of teaching in classrooms.

Published:
10 Feb 2016
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Investigation: the government’s funding of Kids Company

Kids Company, a children’s charity, received at least £46m of public funding. Officials raised concerns about the charity’s cash flow and financial sustainability at least 6 times between 2002 and 2015 but the charity never reached a position where it was able to operate without government assistance.

Published:
29 Oct 2015