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Ofsted compliance is a critical part of your school website. This article isn't written to teach you to suck eggs. You'll be well aware that inspectors use a school's website to gain an initial impression of your school. If you're a headteacher, you'll also be more than aware of how many checklists are available online. How do you determine the best way to sustainably carry out a school website audit?
Here are the steps you can take to ensure you get compliant and, more importantly, stay compliant during 2018.
Ofsted school website requirements change at least two or three times a year. Often they are just a small change that is easy to implement but occasionally, there are wholesale changes. They often occur at the beginning of an academic year but updates can be announced at any time.
It's important to make sure you're up to date. Local authorities and other agencies do a good job of keeping schools accurate and current.
The current requirements are extensive and it will take some time to make sure you have completed a thorough school website audit. This is especially true if you're using a paper and pen method (more on that later).
Setting aside time to complete a full audit and action any follow up work will go a long way to ensuring a successful outcome.
Where do you go for advice when carrying out a school website audit? Maybe you Multi Academy Trust has resources you can use? Maybe the local authority has insights?
For our part, we write advice driven, up to date content on all parts of the requirements set by DfE regularly. What's more we have a unique method of ensuring the advice is relevant and highly useful. We'll get to that.
If you're carrying out a detailed audit it is critical that you follow up the completed work with tasks to fix any issues and fill in any gaps.
If you need other members of the school team to write policies then action those and install them on your website in a way that is readable on any device. (Here's how Schudio School Websites achieve that - School Website Features: Content Creation)
What ever your next steps are, plan ahead and action each step.
How do you keep up to date with the very latest Ofsted requirements? Or perhaps a more pertinent questions; how do you know which check list to use from the hundreds that drop into your inbox?
You can go direct to the source and keep an eye on the DfE website that displays all requirements. You can rely on information to filter through your supply chain.
Or you can simply use one free tool to manage all of this and keep up to date ...
All of the above can be achieved by using the Ofsted Ready Website Checker from Schudio. It provides the easiest, most effective way for you check your website against the latest requirements. Here's why:
We keep the tool up to date with the latest requirements on your behalf.
You check your website against those requirements while viewing your website in the same window. (Or you can ask one of our experts to carry out an audit for you).
When requirements change, we update the checker and email you about the changes immediately.
You can comment any action points throughout the tool and create a follow up plan.
All of this is completely free.
The Ofsted Ready Website Checker has revolutionised the way website managers conduct detailed audits and has saved an incredibly amount of time for many, many schools. The information is also used to inform how we support schools, the products we build and the advice we write about.
There simply is no better way to carry out a school website audit. If you'd like to give the tool a try, sign up here.
Then why not let us know what you think! We'd love to hear how you've got on and if you think of any improvements we'd be very keen to speak to you.
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