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Funding audit and DSAT workshop 01-08-18 - London

Nick Linford

Wednesday, 1 August 2018 from 10:00 to 15:30 (BST)

Funding audit and DSAT workshop 01-08-18 - London

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Event Details

The ESFA has now sent letters to colleges that will be audited on their 2017/18 funding claim.

Join Nick Linford and ILR auditor Karl Bentley from RSM for this technical and in depth practical workshop to prepare for this funding audit based on the 2017/18 audit working papers. Ensure you protect your revenue and reputation. Click here to read previous delegate feedback.

The provider Data Self-Assessment Toolkit is free software supplied by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, and interrogates 2017/18 data exported from the Funding Information System (FIS) and produces reports on this data, so that providers and auditors can identify and investigate potential anomalies in Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data. ESFA funded providers are required to use the DSAT software, and it is used by the external ILR auditors as well as Ofsted as part of pre-inspection data credibility checks.

NOTE: This event is aimed at MIS staff responsible for preparing for funding audit and using the DSAT software, and will be a technical and practical workshop which will focus on the updated audit working papers, particular DSAT 17/18 reports, with real ILR data, in a great deal of detail.

Colleges selected for audit will find this workshop of particular use, but other ESFA funded providers that could be audited at any time will also benefit.

Register now at no risk (full refund for cancellations 7 days or more before the event) as this event has been fully booked in the past.


10.00 Registration

10.30 Welcome and introductions

10.35 Preparing for 16-18 funding audit
incl. planned hours, core aims, Traineeships and the English and math condition of funding

11.50 Break for refreshments

12.10 Preparing for adult education budget and loans funding audit
incl. classroom provision, co-funding and 24+ advanced learning loans

13.00 Break for lunch

13.50 Preparing for Apprenticeships funding audit
incl. minimum duration, co-funding and prior attainment and levy reform issues

14:30 Doing your own internal sample funding audits
Hints, tips and what to be looking at in a funding audit with, and beyond DSATs

15:00 Subcontracting and DSATs
How to use the ILR data (incl DSATs) to manage and audit subcontractors

15.30 Workshop end

MIS staff will benefit, such as from:
- Further education colleges (incl. sixth forms)
- Independent learning providers (delivering apprenticeships and other 16-18 and 19+ provision)
- Local authorities and universities funded by the EFA and or SFA
- Staff from other organisations with an interest in EFA and SFA apprenticeship and non-apprenticeship ILR data and funding

Places are expected to go fast, so register now to avoid disappointment. The fee is £265+ VAT per delegate (no limit per organisation), and bookings can be cancelled online up to a week in advance at no cost.

FE Week gold members will receive £50 off the cost of this event (gold membership must be in the delegates name). Find out more about FE Week gold membership here.

This worshop is brought to you by Nick Linford, author of the Complete Guide to Funding Apprenticeships and both the Hands-on guide to post-16 funding and the Hands-on guide to post-16 performance and data published by Pearson. Nick was Director of Planning and Performance at Lewisham College for six years whilst also playing a leading role in capacity building on the use of funding performance, data quality and curriculum planning in the learning and skills sector. Nick also wrote the AELP and LSIS funded Sub-contracting toolkit. Nick is owner and a director of Lsect and former editor of the Lsect published newspaper, FE Week.

To download more information about Nick click here.

Do you have questions about Funding audit and DSAT workshop 01-08-18 - London? Contact Nick Linford

When & Where

etc.venues Prospero House
241 Borough High St
SE1 1GA London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 1 August 2018 from 10:00 to 15:30 (BST)

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Nick Linford

Nick Linford is an expert in further education funding and performance systems and a company director of Lsect Ltd.

He runs a series of popular workshops, conferences and webinars about funding and data, which have been attended by more than 15,000 people in the last six years.

Nick is also author of the Complete Guide to Funding Apprenticeships (, two books about funding and data published by Pearson and the founding editor for Lsect’s weekly newspapers: FE Week ( and Schools Week (

Prior to setting-up Lsect in 2010 Nick established an education think tank at the publishers Pearson, and before that was for seven years Director of Planning and Performance at the Lewisham College, during which time they achieved an Ofsted 'outstanding' grade.

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