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Ofsted and DfE Requirements for School Websites

Helping schools get the most from their school website

Ofsted and DfE Requirements for School Websites

Other useful information for visitors on your school website

  • Social media feeds - most common would be Twitter.
  • Before and After school club provision - include booking systems
  • Letters home - including trips and permission slips
  • Secure governor areas
  • Pupil pages - opportunity to get pupils to create content for the website
  • Newsletters - online version and PDFs
  • Information about parent teacher associations (PTA)
  • Class pages
  • Links to useful information - Local Authority Websites, Direct.Gov Schools and DfE.
  • School meals information and how to pay
  • News feeds
  • Commonly asked questions
  • Safeguarding Information
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Google Translate
  • Website searches
  • Filtering for news and letters

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School contact details

Your school's website should include the following contact information:

  • Your school's name.
  • Your school's telephone number.
  • The name of the staff member who deals with queries from parents and other members of the public.

Admission arrangements

You need to do one the following:

  • Publish your school's admission arrangements, explaining how you consider application for every age group, including arrangements you have in place for selecting pupils who apply.
  • Publish your oversubscription criteria (what do you do is you have more applicants than places).
  • Publish an explanation of the process parents needs to follow if they want to apply for their child to attend your school.

Ofsted reports

You must do one of the following:

  • Publish a copy of your school's most recent Ofsted report.
  • Publish a link to the webpage where visitors can find the school's most recent Ofsted report.

Exam and assessment results

Key Stage 2 (KS2) results - if you are a KS2 school, you must publish the following details from your school's most recent KS2 results:

  • Percentage of pupils who achieved level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths.
  • Percentage of pupils who have improved by 2 or more levels in reading, writing and maths between key stage 1 and key stage 2.
  • Percentage of pupils who have achieved level 5 or above in reading and writing.
  • Percentage of pupils who have achieved level 5 or above in maths.

Key Stage 4 (KS4) results - if you are a KS4 school, you must publish the following details from your school's most recent KS4 results:

  • Percentage of pupils who achieved C or above in GCSEs (or equivalent) in 5 or more subjects, including English and Maths.
  • Percentage of pupils who achieved the English Baccalaureate.
  • Percentage of pupils who have achieved at least minimum expected levels of progress in English and maths between KS2 and KS4.

Performance Tables

  • You must include a link to DfE school performance tables website.

Curriculum

You must publish the following information about your school's curriculum.

  • The content of the curriculum your school follows in each academic year for every subject.
  • The names of the phonics or reading schemes you use in KS1.
  • A list of courses available to pupils at KS4, including GCSEs.
  • How parents or members of the public can find out more about the curriculum your school is following.

Behavior policy

Pupil premium

Your school must publish details of how your school spends its pupil premium funding and the effect this has had on the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding. You must include the following:

  • Your pupil premium allocation for the current academic year.
  • Details of how your school intends to spend its allocation.
  • Details if how you spent your previous academic year's allocation.
  • How is made a difference to the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium

If your school received year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium funding, your school must publish details of how it spends the funding and the effect this has had on the attainment of the pupils who attract it. You must include the following:

  • Your year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium allocation for the current academic year.
  • Details of how your school intends to spend the allocation.
  • Details of how your school spent your previous academic year's allocation.
  • How it made a difference to the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding.

PE and sport premium for primary schools

If your school receives PE and sport premium funding, you must publish details of how your school spends this funding and the effect it has had on the pupils' PE and sport participation and attainment. You must include the following:

  • Your PE and sport premium allocation for the current academic year.
  • Details of how you intend to spend your allocation.
  • Details of how you spent your previous academic year's allocation.
  • How it made a difference to the PE and sport participation and attainment of the pupils who attract the funding.

Special educational needs (SEN) report

If your school is a maintained school, then your Governing body must publish a report on the school's policy for pupils with SEN. The report must include details on:

  • Your school's admission arrangements for pupils with SEN or disabilities.
  • The steps you have taken to prevent pupils with SEN from being treated less favorably than other pupils.
  • Access facilities for pupils with SEN.
  • The accessibility plan your governing body has written in compliance with paragraph 3 of schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010.

Charging and remissions policies

You must publish details of your school's charging and remissions policies. The policies must include details of:

  • The activities or cases for which your school will charge pupil's parents.
  • The circumstances where your school will make an exception on a payment you would normally expect to receive under your charging policy.

Values and ethos

  • Your website should include a statement of your school's ethos and values.

Governor disclosure

A dedicated page showing information on each of your school's governors, including:

  • Name
  • Category of governor
  • Which body appoints them
  • Their term of office
  • The name of any committees they serve on
  • Details of any position of responsibility such as chair/vice-chair etc.
  • Whether they have voting rights on their committees

Additionally, the following information is required in the interests of disclosure:

  • Relevant business interests of governors
  • Details of any other educational establishments (if any) they govern
  • The relationships between governors and members of the school, including spouses, partners and relatives.

Requests for copies

If a parent requests a paper copy of the information on your school's website, you must provide this free of charge.

Full details are available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/what-maintained-schools-must-publish-online including further links to relevant information.

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