Internal audit

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Paying close attention to your financial affairs, school governance and management information is essential for the smooth and effective running of your school. Using a systematic and disciplined approach, our internal audit service helps you to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the processes, systems and policies you have in place, while minimising risk.

Service features

  • Independent assurance on your school's control environment and governance arrangements
  • A report incorporating management actions to mitigate identified risks and weaknesses
  • Independent advice, guidance and assistance for control, risk and governance processes
  • Specialist skills and knowledge to assist in, or lead, fraud and irregularity investigations, or to determine the effectiveness of fraud prevention control and detection processes
  • Consulting services (as agreed) that add value and improve governance, risk management and control processes

Benefits to schools

  • Add value and contribute to the achievement of the schools' aims and objectives
  • Support governors and staff in the effective discharge of their responsibilities
  • Provide innovation and challenge, shaping the values and standards of the school
  • Support and promote the need for sound internal controls and encourage management to take ownership of processes, systems and policy
  • Maintain a level of independence and integrity in the evaluation of risk management, control and governance processes
  • Advice in relation to control and good practice approach


Natalie Jerams
Audit Manager, Southern Internal Audit Partnership

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