Articles from National Audit Office (NAO)

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.

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. 

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.