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Ensuring your website is compliant is near the top, if not the top priority for your school website. We work on a lot of different school websites, and one of the areas we commonly see missing or incomplete is around the OFSTED pupil premium school website requirements. Publish pupil premium information on your website, update it each year and leap ahead of all those that don't . A pupil premium policy is a good thing to have, but it doesn't usually meet the school website requirements. Make sure you publish a pupil premium report that covers the strategy for your pupil premium. The requirements for the content of this report are split into the current year, and the previous year.
A large part of the pupil premium requirements for the previous academic year are concerned with analysis and reporting. The report for the previous year should be indicative of how successfully the school used the pupil premium funding. It needs to be more than just keeping last year's content on the school website. Report and analyse the impact of your pupil premium spending. In addition your previous report should include details of how effectiveness of spending will be measured.
By determining the data you will require to measure the effectiveness of your spending you can make your reporting simpler. Determine effective spending measurements by completing the requirements for the current year. Then ensure the data is collected from the start of the year, and it will all be available when it comes time to report. You could include more than just exam results.
Most of these requirements are focused on the strategic plan for how the pupil premium funding will be spent. The report should include details of the barriers facing students who attract the premium in your school, and why the funding will help overcome these barriers. Determine the measurements for effective spending, and include these within your report. After they have been determined ensure the relevant information is captured throughout the year. Then when it comes time to report, the data is already available. Additionally your pupil premium report should include the review date for your strategy.
For full details of the requirements you can sign up for our online tool to help you check and manage your website. If you already have a Schudio website this tool is available for you to use right within the admin area.
As always with these statutory pages of content try to include more than just the statutory information. Include introductory text content on the page about how your school is working to improve standards and attitudes in line with your ethos and values. Your report may have something like this included in the introduction, but put some intro text on the actual page.
Consider trying to make the action to view the documents a bit more engaging. A simple link to a file will work and be functional. However we suggest using something like a Document Group to display a preview of the file in the page. First of all this automatically provides different options for interacting with the file (preview, print and download), and provides a greater level of accessibility to your content. A document group also adds a nicely styled element to the page to help break up the other content.
We also suggest including an image or two to bring a bit more life to the page. What we'd call 'Lifestyle shots' work well for this type of page. Photographs that give a flavour of activity in your organisation, but don't give a specific focus to an individual. As a result usually nobody will be looking directly at the camera.
- Ensure you are creating and using a pupil premium report, not just a pupil premium policy.
- Publish a pupil premium report that includes reporting and analysis of spending and effectiveness of that spending. Especially in relation to previously determined objectives.
- Outline the review dates for your pupil premium strategy, and adhere to the review dates scheduled.
- Update pupil premium information on your website within the timeframe required.
- Write some welcome text on your pupil premium school website page, probably before the report.
- Embed the pupil premium report in an easy to use way, with clear actions to engage with it.
- Insert at least one image on the pupil premium page.
Some additional resources that may be useful as you prepare pupil premium school website report are available below.
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