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On September 6, 2022, TWO new requirements were released for immediate action by schools. The good news is that they're easy to implement. Here's how you can quickly meet the new school requirements 2022/23. You can, as always, find the full details of all requirements in the School Website Requirements Guide.
Use the information below to get a quick understanding of the requirements and the steps to take to meet them quickly.
Schools routinely publish school uniform information already. This requirement formalises the specific information that parents find helpful.
As a reminder, here are the details.
The department produces statutory guidance on the cost of school uniforms which schools must have regard to when developing and implementing their school uniform policy. This guidance requires schools to publish their uniform policy on their website.
The published uniform policy should be easy to understand and, where a school has a school uniform, should:
These are not difficult requirements to meet. But, here are some best practice tips for making sure you meet this requirement in full, applying the principles we advise across all requirements.
The new requirement to publish school opening hours is something that most schools currently do not advertise. It is often included in the information provided to parents but not often highly visible on the school website.
The publication of this requirement will change that.
Again, as a reminder, here are the details.
Schools should publish on their website their opening and closing times and the total time this amounts to in a typical week (for example 32.5 hours).
Schools should show the compulsory times they are open. This time runs from the official start of the school day (morning registration) to the official end of the compulsory school day. It includes breaks, but not optional before or after school activities.
Again, they are not difficult requirements to meet but below are our best practice suggestions for making sure this requirement is met in full. Note that the details below have taken the requirements and broken them down into individual, hopefully, clearer instructions.
This requirement should simply take a few moments to implement.
Firstly, share with us if you have implemented these changes - we would love to see how you have actioned them and we will share those who are doing a fantastic job.
Be sure to download the latest, free edition of the School Website Requirements Guide for instructions on how to meet all the requirements in full.
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