Articles from National Audit Office (NAO)

Some children with special educational needs and disabilities #SEND are receiving high-quality support but many are missing out

NAO report on Support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in England While some children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are receiving high-quality support, many others are not getting the help they should, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). Local authorities are coming under growing financial pressure as the demand for supporting school pupils with the greatest needs rises.

Sector Response To The NAO Report On The Apprenticeships Programme

Today (6 Mar), the National Audit Office (NAO) has published a new report assessing whether the government’s apprenticeships programme is providing value for money. 

Investigation into the response to cheating in English language tests

In 2014 the BBC’s Panorama programme uncovered examples of organised fraud taking place during Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) required under immigration rules for students and other visas.

National Audit Office Investigation Into Devolved Funding #SpendingReview

Today’s (13 Mar) investigation by the National Audit Office sets out how HM Treasury allocates funding to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (the devolved administrations).

National Audit Office Report: The Apprenticeships Programme

The Department for Education has some way to go before it can demonstrate that the apprenticeships programme is achieving value for money, with numbers of apprenticeships below pre-reform levels, says the National Audit Office.

Ofsted cannot demonstrate that its inspections represents value for money

Ofsted provides valuable independent assurance about schools’ effectiveness but it has faced significant financial and staffing challenges in recent years and has struggled to meet its inspection targets, says today’s report by the National Audit Office (NAO).

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. There remains, however, 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 before government can demonstrate that it is delivering value for money, according to today’s (17 Jan) report from the National Audit Office.

Insufficient evidence NCTL grants used for the purposes intended

Amyas Morse, Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG), has qualified his audit opinions on the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s (NCTL) 2016-17 Accounts due to a limitation in the scope of his audit of the regularity of the NCTL’s grant expenditure. 

Delivering value through the apprenticeships programme

The Department for Education has not set out how it will use the increase in apprenticeship numbers to deliver improvement in productivity, and how it will influence the mix of apprenticeships in order to deliver the most value, according to the National Audit Office. Click here to download the full NAO 'Delivering value through the apprenticeship programme' report.

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