Although the recently updated School Information Regulations do not directly affect Ofsted and their inspections, there have been numerous suggestions coming from people involved with Ofsted that school websites will play a much greater part in an Inspector’s preparation for their visit than they would have in the past.
The newly updated Ofsted Inspection Handbook makes reference to the fact that an Inspector’s planning should be informed by analysis of only six sources, one of which is “information available on the school’s website, which may include a prospectus and other information for parents”.
The DfE have also outlined what they see as the minimum ‘key’ information to be published on-line, at present does your website have everything they ask for?
This will include for all schools:
- 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.
This again highlights the need for schools to ensure that their website and all of the content on it is up to date. With a greater requirement to make data available many schools will be left in a difficult situation, having lost control of their website to an unknown person within their local authority or simply having a website which is so out of date there is no one who knows how to update it.
Our school websites are designed with all of these new regulations in mind. We can provide a template set of pages to ensure you meet all of the regulations and that you have given Ofsted everything they might need before they arrive.
If you have any questions about this update or anything else you have seen on our site please don’t hesitate to contact us using the details on this page or by using the form you will find here