Publishing your Ofsted report on your website is one of the DfE requirements. Our School Website Requirements Guide outlines the details of what you need to publish on your school website to be fully compliant. The DfE suggest you only need to either publish your report or provide a link to Ofsted's website where your report sits. However, I would recommend doing both as sometimes technology can let us down and the link to the Ofsted page could break. Tip: make sure that the link points directly to your schools Ofsted report rather than the search page.
Now, there is no getting away from the fact that the simple requirement is to publish your report on your school website. But, that is just a little bit dull and boring! In this blog, we'll take a look at how you can add a bit of 'va-va-voom' to your Ofsted report page.
First and foremost make sure you embed your most recent Ofsted report on your website. If you're a Schudio client you have that facility built into the software by using document groups. If you're not a client give some thought to how you display your report on your website.
Make your report available
There is no right or wrong way of making your report available to parents. Of course, you must publish it on your website but you don't need to provide them with a paper copy. You may wish to leave a paper copy in the school office should parents wish to read it. Many schools will email a copy of the report to parents. With this, you may wish to write a covering letter highlighting key parts of the report and expressing your thoughts around the report.
Showcase your school
We often talk about painting your school in the best possible light. Once you've published your report, you will want to make your Ofsted page stand out from the crowd. One way of doing this could be to pick out key phrases or statements that the Inspection Team have made about your school in the report. These could be created as a graphic or simply quotes on your webpage. I've often heard Inspection Teams talking about the ethos and atmosphere of the school during their visit. You may want to comment on this as that is usually harder to put into words in a report!
Schools doing it well
Mount Carmel R.C. High School
Mount Carmel Roman Catholic High School have this graphic embedded on their Ofsted page alongside their Ofsted reports and their Diocese Inspection report. It highlights key statements from their report but it's also very eye catching. We are currently building this schools new website but we have worked with them for a number of years with their School Website Compliance.
What should you do now?
First and foremost, double check that you have you recent Ofsted report available on your website. Then you will want to consider ways to spice up the Ofsted reports page on your website. Perhaps you get a colleague to help you think around this. Finally, enrol on our School Website Compliance Course where you can delve deeper into all areas of school website compliance and work through the course at your own pace.