Funding audit and DSAT workshop

Funding audit and DSAT workshop

10 August 2017, 10:00 - 15:30

Royal York Hotel, Station Road, York, YO24 1AA

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

The provider Data Self-Assessment Toolkit (DSAT v17) is free software supplied by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, and the latest version interrogates 2016/17 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.

DSAT v17 contains new reports – so this is a perfect opportunity for a business critical update – with plenty of time for questions.

Rebecca O’Brien, MIS Co-ordinator at City Gateway who attended a previous DSAT workshop with Nick and Karl said: “Excellent. The tools I learned how to use will be put to immediate use to ensure we are maximising our funding draw-down, and minimising our audit risk. Learning how auditors use DSAT was invaluable, so we can avoid easy to fix data errors that could cost financial claw-back and unnecessary stress.” More delegate feedback here.

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 particular DSAT 16/17 reports, with real ILR data, in a great deal of detail.

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 EFA/SFA 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 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.



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