Does your school website meet with Ofsted requirements?

By 8th November 2012News, School Websites

Please see 12 simple steps to help your school achieve Ofsted Outstanding for latest information on Ofsted requirements for your website.

With no notice Ofsted inspections now in place, inspection teams will be checking your school website ahead of any school inspection. They’ll use the information available to avoid placing unnecessary burden on your school. So what will the inspection teams be looking for…

School Website DesignFirstly, schools will need to ensure they have a school website and the means to publish the specified information online. This can be done through school staff or through a specialist school website design company.

The minimum ‘key’ information specified by Ofsted to be included by all schools is:

  1. 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;
  2. 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));
  3. 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;
  4. details of the school’s policies on behaviour, charging and SEN and disability provision;
  5. 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;
  6. a statement of the school’s ethos and values.

Schools are indeed encouraged to publish any information above the minimum key areas that they, local parents and the wider community feel they may need to make effective school choice and performance decisions.

Ofsted’s School Inspection Handbook states that inspection planning should be informed by analysis of, amongst other things: “Information available on the school’s website, which may include a prospectus and other information for parents.”.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector at Ofsted, stated earlier this year that a good head, “Thinks carefully about how to prepare for an inspection by ensuring that the website is up-to-date with information on school evaluation, development planning, the school timetable etc.”.

For further information and advice on school websites please call Design for Schools on 0161 883 0043.

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