Last updated: September 30th, 2018.
Every year we see at least 2 rounds of changes to the current requirements for school websites. They’re usually released at the beginning of September but can crop up at any time. It’s possible that a single requirement change will be released, such as the swimming requirements in autumn 2017. More often than not, a raft of changes are released in one hit.
There are specific requirements for academies, free schools and colleges and this guide covers all the latest changes. In the checklist covered in detail in Chapter 5, you will see all the latest requirements broken down into school type for ease of use.
As you work your way through this Guide there’s a few things to consider.
* Note the way we deal with ‘must’ and ‘should’ requirements, if a requirement says should or must we’re recommending you add the content to your website. All the ‘should’ requirements are included in the guide.
* Our checklist explains what content to display on your website and offers suggestions on how to implement them to ensure you meet and exceed the current requirements.
* The checklist has been design to be simple to follow and allowing for a consistent approach as you audit your own website. Mark off a requirement status however you want, and assign an individual to be in charge of resolving a section of requirements. (Note that the School Website Requirements Checker is available to check your website online and is much quicker to use, but can be used alongside this Guide)
* You may find it useful to attend one of our regular OFSTED Ready Websites workshops. Or talk to us about refreshing your website – we include a full check through your new website to check your site meets requirements.