Meet Ofsted Requirements For Your Website: A Checklist For Schools

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On 1st of September 2012, an amendment to the School Information Requirements came into force. Meet Ofsted Requirements For Your Website: A Checklist For Schools is set out so you can easily tick off each piece of content once you have added it to your website, helping you to meet Ofsted and DfE guidelines.

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Meet Ofsted Requirements For Your Website: A Checklist For Schools

  1. 1. Telephone: 01535 604026 | Email: free-guides@webanywhere.co.uk | Web: www.webanywhere.co.uk Meet Ofsted Requirements For Your Website A Checklist For Schools Sponsored by Webanywhere Ltd.
  2. 2. Meet Ofsted Requirements For Your Website - A Checklist For Schools www.webanywhere.co.uk Introduction On 1st of September 2012, an amendment to the School Information Requirements came into force. The two main changes to the requirements are: a) Schools will no longer be obliged to publish a physical prospectus b) Instead, there is a list of specific information which schools will be required to make available on their website (or, if the school has no website, the information must be published elsewhere on the web, and parents must be made aware of its location.) This checklist is a guide to help you create the content portfolio for your school’s website, and keep in line with Ofsted and DfE requirements. Your school website must include all the information below. The list of desirable content will help to enhance your website and make it useful for parents, teachers and pupils. It may help to tick …. off each requirement when it’s completed.
  3. 3. Meet Ofsted Requirements For Your Website - A Checklist For Schools www.webanywhere.co.uk Essential Information 1. A domain name that makes sense to visitors, preferably one that ends in .sch.uk (these should be available free from your LEA) 2. The school’s name, postal address and telephone number, plus the contact details, to whom enquiries should be addressed 3. The Headteacher’s name with first name or initial 4. A statement of the school’s ethos and values 5. Term dates for at least the next two years 6. Times of the school day, lessons, and assemblies (could be done in calendar format) 7. A link to your VLE, with instructions of how parents can obtain passwords 8. Information on how to access the School Performance Tables on the DfE website (http://education.gov.uk/schools/performance/) 9. Newsletters and copies of letters to parents from the last term 10. Link to the Parent View website http://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/link-to-us 11. The amount of the school’s allocation from the Pupil Premium grant in respect of the current academic year plus the following information: 11.a Details of how your school intends to spend the allocation 11.b Details of how the previous academic year’s allocation was spent 11.c The effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils for whom the funding was allocated Essential Information …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. ….
  4. 4. Meet Ofsted Requirements For Your Website - A Checklist For Schools www.webanywhere.co.uk Essential Information 12. The following information about the school curriculum: 12.a For each academic year, the content of the curriculum followed for each subject and guidance on how to find additional information about the curriculum 12.b For KS1, the names of any phonics or reading schemes in use 13. Details of your reading schemes for Key Stage 1 14. Details of all the circumstances under which the school will make charges, and the levels of such charges for school activities and school visits 15. Information on where to access the school’s most recent Ofsted report 16. The school’s most recent KS2 results – specifically the following percentages of pupils: 16.a Percentage achieving Level 4 or above in English and Maths 16.b Percentage making expected progress 16.c Percentage achieving Level 5 or above in English 16.d Percentage achieving Level 5 or above in Maths 17. A full staff list 18. A map showing the location, and directions to the school (this can be displayed on the ‘Contact Us’page) 19. A translate function 20. Icons for awards that the school has gained – Arts Mark, Investors in People etc. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. ….
  5. 5. Desirable Information Meet Ofsted Requirements For Your Website - A Checklist For Schools www.webanywhere.co.uk Essential Information 21. Policies: 21.a Complaints policy 21.b Snow and bad weather policy 21.c Anti-bullying policy 21.d Behaviour policy 21.e Safeguarding policy 21.f The school’s charging and remissions policy 21.g Holidays in term time policy, with forms for parents to apply for this 21.h The school's admissions policy in full (including arrangements for selection, over subscription criteria and the application process), and information on where and how this can be accessed on the local authority's website 21.i Information about disabled access 22. Details of how funding for sports provision is spent 23. Your Twitter feed 24. After school clubs and extra curricular activities 25. Uniform list, with contact details for local suppliers (and downloadable order form) …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. ….
  6. 6. Meet Ofsted Requirements For Your Website - A Checklist For Schools www.webanywhere.co.uk Desirable Information 26. Downloadable permission slips for school trips 27. A homework timetable, with handing in dates 28. List of Governors with photographs 29. Governors’page, with information about the role of the Governing Body, how to become a Governor, forthcoming meeting dates and non-confidential minutes 30. Secure area for Governors, with all policies and their review cycle, SDP, committee and GB minutes, links to Modern Governor or GEL e-learning logins, LA Governor Services, NGA, training courses and contact details for the GB 31. Spellings lists 32. Information about the PTA or Parents Forum 33. Gallery of children’s work (perhaps on class pages) 34. Links to Local Authority Schools website, Direct.Gov Schools and the DfE home page 35. The current week’s lunch menu 36. A feedback page for parents 37. General guidance on showing children’s photographs on the website 38. FAQ page 39. News feeds 40. Your approach to the teaching of reading, including whether reading is taught through systematic synthetic phonics …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. ….
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