Does your school website comply with the new DfE and Ofsted Requirements?The new Inspection framework from September 2012 highlights a school’s website as 1 of only 6 sources of information that inspectors should analyse in the planning for their visit. Remember they no longer have an online SEF to review, so your website can be the start of you providing self review details to the inspection team. See our blog for more informationFrom September 2012 regulations no longer require schools to publish a prospectus and to have a curriculum policy. Instead schools are required to publish key information online.
For Schools is working in partnership with School Support Services@ Luton (Borough Council) to provide cost effective website service to schools, who either do not currently have an online presence or who need help to become fully compliant. For details of this service see below.
The DfE have published (see here) what they see as the minimum ‘key’ information to be published on line and these include:
details of the school’s pupil premium allocation and plans to spend it in the current year; and, for the previous year, a statement of how the money was spent and the impact that it had on educational attainment of those pupils at the school in respect of whom grant funding was allocated;
details of the school’s curriculum, content and approach, by academic year and by subject (including details of GCSE options and other qualifications offered at Key Stage 4 (for secondary schools), and approach to phonic and reading schemes (for primary schools));
where applicable, details or links to the school’s admission arrangements, including its selection and oversubscription criteria, published admission number and the school’s process for applications through the local authority ;
details of the school’s policies on behaviour, charging and SEN and disability provision;
links to the school’s Ofsted reports and DfE School Performance Tables and details of the school’s latest Key Stage 2 and/or Key Stage 4 attainment and progress measures as presented in the School Performance Tables;
a statement of the school’s ethos and values.
For those parents who cannot access the internet or who find hard copies of materials more accessible, the regulations require schools to continue to provide a hard copy where parents request it – this can be simply met by printing a hard copy of the online information.
Sir Michael Wilshaw HMCI has said ” The good head thinks carefully about
how to prepare for an inspection by ensuring the website is up to date with information on school evaluation, development planning, school timetable, etc.”
Cost Effective, User Friendly and Modern Looking Websites
These are the three things schools regularly ask for when we talk to them about school websites. We think our websites deliver against these requirements. We have packages tailored to suit all schools budgets, offering everything from a basic site designed purely to meet Ofsted requirements, to a feature-rich site providing all of the modern functionality you would expect from the best websites around.
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school curriculum information
policies (e-safety, behaviour, bullying, etc.)
Pupil Premium Information
introductions to teachers & staff
the ability to share newsletters, letters home, and much more
a place to provide key information for prospective pupils, parents and staff
blog pages so that everyone in school can contribute to your website
photo galleries to show your school in the best possible light
a recruitment page, saving time and money in printing out application packs
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