New statutory requirements for school websites
The statutory requirements for maintained schools to publish certain information on their school websites were brought into effect in 2012. Since then there have been a number of updates and changes to what should be published on school websites. This month sees the latest set of changes which came into effect from 16th June 2017.
On the DfE website you can now find guidance for what schools are required to publish online separated into two different sets of information; one for maintained schools and one for academies, free schools and colleges.
To view the latest information there are now two pages on the DfE website to view:
To read more about the regulations governing this please refer to The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016.
Summary of main changes
The requirements now include:
- The Key Stage (KS) 5 results statement. Schools must now include results information shown separately for A levels, academic, applied general and tech level qualifications.
- The KS4 results statement now has separate requirements depending on whether you are a maintained school or an academy. These will come into effect from January 2018. which has been updated separately for maintained schools and academies, to reflect changes which will be in effect from January 2018
- Schools must now be publishing any arrangements for handling complaints from parents of children with special educational needs (SEN) and about the support provided by the school.
What to do now?
We have updated our website audit tool to reflect the changes which you can use to check that you are compliant:
If these changes have come at a busy time, why not get us to audit your website for you and make general recommendations about how you could improve what you are putting on your website and how you are using it to get the best from it.
If you want more help and advice with auditing your site please contact Lisa Savage on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7404 3400.