Internal Scrutiny
& Returns

Our Finance & Accountancy Service can support you with Internal Scrutiny and ESFA Returns.

Internal Scrutiny

As updated in the Academies Financial Handbook (AFH), since September 2020 the internal audit programme must be completed by a different organisation to the one that completes your annual external audit.

Our experienced education finance consultants will:

  • provide independent assurance to your stakeholders
  • work with you to plan a programme of scrutiny and schedule of visits to suit you
  • provide you with a comprehensive and objective report following each visit, which will provide assurance and/or make recommendations

Our programme of scrutiny can include:

  • finance
  • banking
  • staffing and payroll
  • budgeting, returns
  • governance
  • policies
  • procurement and best value
  • data security and assets

Other areas can be scrutinised on inspection of your risk register and areas identified for improvement will be re-examined on subsequent visits.

Get in touch

Contact us

Contact Jeff Eden, Finance Account Manager, to discuss how we can help.


BFRO and BFR3Y 2021

  • Appoint us as your preparer and save time
  • Population of workbooks with all data from your finance system and budgets
  • Submission of data into the Skills Agency portal ready for approval

Academies Accounts Return

  • Health check of your finance system
  • Troubleshooting
  • Assistance with year-end
  • Preparation for external audit



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