Updated September 2nd 2019


Intro to The School Website Requirements Guide

Keeping your school website compliant with the latest requirements
can be hard work. This definitive Guide & Checklist has been downloaded over 2000 times
and includes everything you need to keep your website up to date all year round.

Chapter 1

Why Keep Your School Website Compliant?

“If your website has not got the information it needs it does become a leadership and management issue.”

School Website Requirements - Leadership

At a key event about OFSTED inspections, Elaine Long (Inspections Specialist and Former Inspector) told delegates that school websites are often a problem. Ms Long warned: “I go into a lot of schools where the website is not up-to-date.” She added:

“If you are having a short inspection because you are a good school, the more information you can give on your website the better. A good inspector will spend a lot of time going about the website. This frees up more time for them when they are in school to focus on the things you want them to focus on.”

It is hugely important to keep your website compliant with the latest requirements all year round, ready for when an inspector calls. But don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s as simple as completing a school website checklist, inspectors are looking for much, much more. So what does it take to ensure an Ofsted compliant website? Let’s get started with the state of play right now …

Chapter 2

What are the Latest School Website Requirements?

website requirements guideLast updated: September 2nd 2019

Every year we usually see at least 2 rounds of changes to the current requirements for school websites.

The latest changes were released at the end of October 2018. The latest changes were only small but can be found in Section 11 of the Checklist.

Changes to requirements are 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 but 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. (As an aside, our School Website Compliance Software is a cost effective, powerful way to attain and maintain 100% compliance and is best 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.

* If you are struggling for time, ask one of our experts to carry out a Pro School Website Audit for you.

Further Reading:
Chapter 3

5 Top Tips for School Website Compliance

Our in-house experts have access to DfE contacts, Multi Academy Trust Director’s and hundreds of schools using the School Website Requirements Software. The hard truth? Inspectors are looking for much more than just a completed checklist.

So, before we get to the detailed checklist that outlines and explains all the required content for your school or college website here’s our top 5 tips to take your website beyond the statutory requirements.

TIP #1

A website that truly sells your school

The phrase “your website doesn’t do your school justice” is cropping up more and more. Inspectors are absolutely looking for websites that contain all statutory content.

But, they are looking for a website that portrays your school as it really is. So many school websites don’t work on mobile devices, don’t contain up date content and don’t loudly celebrate life in school.

Take a look at our school website packages to learn more about the best ways to sell your school brilliantly

TIP #2

A warm welcome from the head/principal

OFSTED need to get an idea of your school’s ethos and values as quickly as possible. They also want to see who runs the show.

Include your photograph and write a welcome message to your website visitors, include a photo of yourself and explain what you personally aim to achieve at your school.

There is no better way to have a big impact on people visiting your site for the first time.

See our blog post for a guide on writing a welcome for your website

TIP #3

Active, effective use of Social Media

Twitter is a brilliant way of communicating with your school community and it shows a current, relevant attitude to engaging your audience. (Some schools use Facebook wonderfully as well, more on that at the link below).

Adding your Twitter Feed to a website is easy – your website provider should be able to help.

The basics?
Set up your Twitter account with a name that makes sense, tweet regularly and engage with other users. Spread out your tweets over a week, include photos and use relevant #hashtags.

Read our post about  How to create a Social Media Strategy for your School for more information.

TIP #4

Make all content easy to find

Inspectors expect to be able to find information quickly and easily on your website. They’ll expect the same of you when they arrive at school. Having content close at hand, knowing exactly where it is speaks to competence and confidence.

Your website needs to be structured in a way that makes your statutory content easy to find. A basic school website requirement is that those using it can quickly reach everything they need to.

You might well find it useful to read more about How to Structure Your School Website

TIP #5

Demonstrate how your school is inclusive

Many schools have lots of EAL students and how well you engage this part of your school community will most certainly be evaluated by OFSTED. By adding a good translate feature to your website you will be inclusive of all your users and provide a really useful tool.

Also, your school needs to effectively demonstrate how you care for and educate those with additional needs and of course there are the statutory requirements around safeguarding.

We’ll cover that in detail in the full Checklist in Chapter 5 but for now, note that these are issues that are right at the top of any inspector’s agenda.

Chapter 4

Presenting Policies & Documents

displaying statutory policies

Displaying policies and documents on your school website may not be the most exciting or snazzy content to display, but it’s really important to get it right consistently. Statutory content doesn’t generally need to be updated as frequently as other areas on your website, such as news or your blog. But, that potentially makes the way this content is displayed even more important – they will have to stand the test of time. Visitors will be looking at the same policy page until your website gets re-designed (probably about 3 years) so making sure this page looks and functions correctly is important.

An important note – make sure you include any relevant legislation in the introduction to each of your policies where you are instructed to reference it. You’d be amazed how often this is missing!

Displaying Policies

It’s best to group your policies into categories and display them on your page, rather than one long list of documents for a visitor to scan through. We also recommend trying to add some sort of styling to the page, even something as simple as an icon next to the filename will break up the content and make it easier to use.

It’s also worth thinking about the functionality you offer visitors. It’s quite nice to include specific links for downloading and printing policies, and if you can include an in-page preview of the document that’s a brilliant approach. This has the benefit of not taking your visitors away from the page, rather offering readily accessible content directly within the page (OFSTED says this is compulsory with some content).

embedded school policies

Policies displayed with Schudio School Website Software Document Groups Module

Displaying Documents

Documents on your website will usually be updated much more frequently than policies. It might be newsletters; updated each week. While not statutory content, displaying this attractively in a page so people can easily read it is really important. You’ll be making using your website as accessible as possible, without taking lots of time to add the content to your website.

The Schudio Solution

With this in mind we decided to develop something to take care of this really important task. The aim being to provide a simple way to quickly update documents onto your website.

We developed a whole new module for managing documents called Document Groups. With it you can easily upload a file, provide details of name for it to be displayed with and add to the page. Create as many groups of documents as you need, drop them anywhere on your website. You can even drop them in multiple locations and when you update, for example your SEN policy, it will update in every location on your website.

This solution is available to any users of The School Website Compliance Software or any Schudio School Website Design Package.

Chapter 5

The School Website Checklist 2019/20

Ofsted school website requirements change often.
This School Website Checklist is always up to date.

The sections below contains all the latest requirements so you’ll have everything that is expected of your school website
fully covered before Ofsted arrive. If you need any help or advice, as you work your way through this school website checklist, let us know.

You can schedule a free call anytime!


Last updated September 2nd 2019

The School Website Requirements Guide Checklist


This checklist for Schools and Colleges details all content to be included on your
website as indicated by the Department for Education. This checklist is best used in conjunction
with The School Website Compliance Software.

Table of Contents

Section 1 – school contact details

Your school or college website should include the following contact details:

  • 1.1Name of your school or college
  • 1.2Postal address of your school or college
  • 1.3Telephone number of your school or college
  • 1.4Name of the member of staff who deals with queries from parents and other members of the public
  • 1.5Name of the headteacher or principal
  • 1.6Name and address of the chair of the governing body (if you have one)
  • 1.7Name and details of your SEN co-ordinator (SENCO) if you’re a mainstream school
Academies or free school, should also publish details about the owner
  • 1.8If the school’s owner is an individual, you should publish the proprietor’s full name and contact details (address and a telephone number)
  • 1.9If the school’s owner is an individual, you should publish the proprietor’s full name and contact details (address and a telephone number)

Schudio Tips

During setup of your website we will ensure the contact details of school are added.
We recommend your address be available on every page - usually in the footer of your website.
As an aside, the address of your Chair of Governors can be c/o your school.
Also make sure the 'name of a member of staff' is also added to your contact page.

Section 2 – admission arrangements

The admission arrangements section is different depending on your school type and who determines your admissions.

Maintained Schools (Governor Determined Admissions)
  • 2.1If the school’s governing body decides your admissions, you must publish your school’s admission arrangements each year and keep them up for the whole school year.
    You must explain:
  • 2.1.1How you will consider applications for every age group
  • 2.1.2What parents should do if they want to apply for their child to attend your school
  • 2.1.3Your arrangements for selecting the pupils who apply
  • 2.1.4Your ‘over-subscription criteria’ (how you offer places if there are more applicants than places)
Maintained Schools (Local Authority Determined Admissions)
  • 2.2If the local authority decides your admissions, tell parents to contact the local authority to find out about your admission arrangements.
Academies & Free Schools
  • 2.3Admissions arrangements of all mainstream academies and free schools must comply with the ‘School admissions code’ and the ‘School admissions appeals code’.
  • 2.4Academy trusts must publish the admissions arrangements for their schools on their website and keep them there for the whole of the offer year (the school year in which offers for places are made).
16 to 19 Academies & Colleges
  • 2.5Publish admissions information a year in advance of the beginning of the academic year, these arrangements shouldn’t change during the year. Include details of:
  • 2.5.1Open days your college or academy is planning
  • 2.5.2The process for applying for a place at your college or academy
  • 2.5.3Whether your college or academy gives priority to applications from pupils enrolled at particular schools

Schudio Tips

Provide as much information for each applicable requirement as you can.
The easier it is to find your admissions information, the more likely a potential applicant will apply to your school or college.

Section 3 – ofsted report

Schools and colleges should do one of the following:

  • 3.1Publish a copy of your school’s or college’s most recent OFSTED report
  • 3.2Publish a link to the webpage where users can find your school’s most recent OFSTED report

Schudio Tips

The OFSTED reports requirement advises that one of the requirements must be met. However we recommend you provide information for both requirements. Providing your OFSTED report on your own website also gives you the chance to comment on the report.

E.g. How pleased you are, or what is being done after the recent inspection.

Section 4 – Exam & Assessment Results

You can find more information about these KS2 performance measures, including the higher standard, in the ‘Primary school accountability’ guidance.

Find out more information about Progress and Attainment 8 scores.

You can find more information about these performance measures in the ‘16 to 18 accountability headline measures’ guidance.

Requirements for Key Stage 2 (KS2)
Performance Tables Published in December
  • 4.1You must publish the following details from your school’s most recent key stage 2 results:
  • 4.1.1Percentage of pupils who’ve achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths
  • 4.1.2Average progress that pupils have made in reading between KS1 and KS2
  • 4.1.3Average progress that pupils have made in writing between KS1 and KS2
  • 4.1.4Average progress that pupils have made in maths between KS1 and KS2
  • 4.1.5Percentage of pupils who’ve achieved a higher standard in reading, writing and maths
  • 4.1.6Your pupils’ average score in the reading test
  • 4.1.7Your pupils’ average score in the maths test
Requirements for Key Stage 4 (KS4)
Performance Tables Published in January
  • 4.2You must publish the following details from your school’s most recent key stage 4 results:
Academies and Free Schools
It’s recommended that you also publish
  • 4.2.6Student ‘destinations’ (the percentage of students who continue in education or training, or move on to employment at the end of 16 to 19 study)
Requirements for Key Stage 5 (KS5)
Performance Tables Published in January & March [Previously Required, Now Recommended]
  • 4.3You should publish the following details from your school’s most recent key stage 5  results:
  • 4.3.1The progress your students have made compared with students across the country.
    (Shown separately for A levels, academic, applied general and tech level qualifications)
  • 4.3.2The average grade that students in your college get at KS5.
    (Shown separately for A levels, academic, applied general and tech level qualifications)
  • 4.3.3The progress students in your college have made in English and maths
  • 4.3.4Retention (this is the proportion of students who get to the end of the main programme of study that they enrolled on at your institution)
    (Shown separately for A levels, academic, applied general and tech level qualifications)
  • 4.3.5Destinations (this is the percentage of students who continue in education or training, or move on to employment at the end of 16 to 19 study)

Schudio Tip

Provide your most recent assessment results on your website and alongside it your comments on the results. This is your opportunity to explain the data your results show.
Make sure you use the language of the requirements in your documents.

Bring this content to life by including or linking to News stories on your site talking about the success of your students. You might want to link to your results day news stories or similar.


This requirement ensures a link to the school performance tables website is present.

  • 5.1You must include a link to the school and college performance tables and your school’s performance tables page.

Schudio Tip

Link to your own school page on the performance tables website, not just the main website. This link could be included from your results page, your Ofsted page, or straight from a menu item.

Make sure to follow best practice when linking to external websites and have the site open in a new window/tab.

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This requirement is for information about the curriculum being taught at your school to be presented on your website. Some requirements are education phase specific.

  • 6.1The content of the curriculum your school follows in each academic year for every subject, including for mandatory subjects such as Religious Education even if it’s taught as part of another subject or subjects or is called something else
  • 6.2How parents or other members of the public can find out more about the curriculum your school is following
Phase of education specific requirements
  • 6.3The names of any phonics or reading schemes you are using in Key Stage 1
  • 6.4A list of the courses available to pupils at key stage 4, including GCSEs
  • 6.5The 16 to 19 qualifications you offer
  • 6.6How you meet the 16 to 19 study programme requirements (if you have a sixth-form or offer education at 16 to 19)
Additional Academy and Free School specific requirements:
  • 6.7Your approach to the curriculum

Schudio Tip

Make sure you cover all the requirements appropriate for the phases taught at your school. Consider backing up your curriculum information up with regular blog posts demonstrating work.


Additional information is available in the government guidance for school leaders and staff on developing and publishing your school’s behaviour policy.

Maintained Schools
  • 7.1Publish details of your school’s behaviour policy.
    This must comply with section 89 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.
Academies and Free Schools
  • 7.2If you are an academy or free school, you should publish details of your school’s behaviour policy, including its anti-bullying strategy.

Schudio Tip

Consider grouping your policy documents, including your behaviour policy together for easier navigation through them by your website visitors.

If your behaviour policy adheres to the section within the act include that somewhere in your policy document, ideally on a title page.


Your school should publish details of your pupil premium strategy. The Teaching Schools Council has produced guidance for schools on developing and presenting their pupil premium strategy, including a pupil premium strategy template.

NB: The funding is allocated for each financial year, but the information you publish online should refer to the academic year, as this is how parents and the general public understand the school year.

As you won’t know how much funding you’re getting for the latter part of the academic year (from April to July), you should report on the funding up to the end of the financial year. You should then update this information later in the year when you have all the figures.

For the current academic year:
  • 8.1How much pupil premium funding you received for this academic year
  • 8.2Details of the main barriers to educational achievement that the disadvantaged children in your school face
  • 8.3How you will spend your pupil premium funding to address these barriers and the reasons for the approach you’ve chosen
  • 8.4How you will measure the impact of the pupil premium
  • 8.5The date of the next pupil premium strategy review
For the previous academic year:
  • 08.6How you spent your pupil premium funding
  • 08.7The impact that the pupil premium had on pupils


Schudio Tip

Review the guidance and look at the sample filled out strategy templates and use them as a basis for providing the information required.


If your school receives year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium funding, you must publish details of how you spend this funding and the effect this has had on the attainment of the pupils who attract it.

Maintained Schools
  • 9.1How much year 7 catch-up premium funding you received for this academic year
  • 9.2Details of how you intend to spend the funding
  • 9.3Details of how you spent your year 7 catch-up premium last academic year
  • 9.4How it made a difference to the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding
Academies & Free Schools
  • 9.5How much year 7 catch-up premium you received for this financial year
  • 9.6Details of how you intend to spend the funding
  • 9.7Details of how you spent your year 7 catch-up premium last financial year
  • 9.8How it made a difference to the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding and how you assessed the effect it had

Schudio Tip

Include a table of broken down costs in your report so the information is easier to read, but don’t forget to include the explanations of how it made a difference.


If your school receives PE and sport premium funding, you must publish details of how you spend this funding and the effect it has had on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment.

Your grant funding agreement may also include additional information you must publish.

  • 10.1How much PE and sport premium funding you received for this academic year
  • 10.2A full breakdown of how you’ve spent or will spend the funding this year
  • 10.3The effect of the premium on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment
  • 10.4How you will make sure these improvements are sustainable
  • 10.5Details of how many pupils within your year 6 cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

Schudio Tip

Review the guidance especially the sections on what you should and should not use your funding for.
Again a table works well for presenting the costs, but an itemised report explaining each item, how it made a difference and is sustainable should ensure this document meets all the requirements.


You must publish a report on your school’s policy for pupils with SEN and update it annually. You should update any changes occurring during the year as soon as possible.

The report must comply with:

Special Education Needs (SEN) Report – The report must comply with:
  • 11.1.1The arrangements for the admission of disabled pupils
  • 11.1.2The steps you have taken to prevent disabled pupils from being treated less favourably than other pupils
  • 11.1.3The facilities you provide to help disabled pupils to access the school
  • 11.2.1Increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school’s curriculum
  • 11.2.2Improving the physical environment of the school for the purpose of increasing the extent to which disabled pupils are able to take advantage of education and benefits, facilities and services provided or offered by the school
  • 11.2.3Improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information which is readily accessible to pupils who are not disabled

Schudio Tip

If you’re a mainstream school make this page about the students by talking about them and celebrating them like all the other students. Have a page with more than just some reports!
Make sure you reference legislation in your reports.


Schools must publish on their website up-to-date details of its governance arrangements in a readily accessible form.

Maintained schools should read advice on publishing information about your school’s governors.

Academies can follow details as explained in the ‘Academies financial handbook’.

Requirements for Maintained Schools
  • 12.1The structure and remit of the governing body and any committees, and the full names of the chair of each;
For each governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months:
  • 12.1.1Their full names, date of appointment, term of office, date they stepped down (where applicable), who appointed them
  • 12.1.2Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests) including:
    • Governance roles in other educational institutions
    • Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives)
  • 12.1.3Their attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over the last academic year
  • 12.1.4Governing bodies should also publish this information for associate members, making clear whether they have voting rights on any of the committees to which they have been appointed.
Requirements for Academies & Free Schools
  • 12.2The structure and remit of the members, board of trustees, its committees and local governing bodies, and the full names of the chair of each
For each member who has served at any point over the past 12 months:
  • 12.2.1Their full names, date of appointment, date they stepped down (where applicable), and relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions
For each trustee who has served at any point over the past 12 months:
  • 12.2.2Their full names, date of appointment, term of office, date they stepped down (where applicable), who appointed them, and relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions
For each trustee who has served at any point over the past 12 months:
  • 12.2.3Their attendance records at board and committee meetings over the last academic year
For each local governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months:
  • 12.2.4Their full names, date of appointment, term of office, date they stepped down (where applicable), who appointed them, and relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions
Requirements for FE & Sixth Form Colleges
  • 12.3The governing body’s structure and remit, also including;
  • 12.3.1Details of any committees
  • 12.3.2The names of all governors, including the chair

Schudio Tip

This information should be provided in a ‘readily accessible’ form.

The DfE have defined this as: “Readily accessible means that the information should be on a webpage without the need to download or open a separate document.” So make sure you provide the information for this requirement in this format. The document group module built into the Schudio software will help you meet this requirement.


Publish your school’s charging and remissions policies. Read about school charging and remission.

The policies must include details of

  • 13.1The activities or cases for which your school will charge pupils’ parents
  • 13.2The circumstances where your school will make an exception on a payment you would normally expect to receive under your charging policy

Schudio Tip

Make sure you have this policy (or policies) on your website and that you are covering both charging and remissions, one policy is probably easier with information about both included.

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Schools and colleges should:

  • 14.1Publish a statement of their ethos and values

Schudio Tip

Have a headteacher’s/principal’s welcome on your website as well as the ethos and values page. Maybe create a link between the two pages so visitors who read the welcome will also be able to go straight to your ethos and values page.


Regarding requests for paper copies of information on your school website.

  • 15.1If a parent requests a paper copy of the information on your school’s or college’s website, you must provide this free of charge.

Schudio Tip

The requirement is that you provide the copies, but we always advise writing something on your website (usually on the policies page or contact us page) explaining that this option is available, and the best way to request it.


Public bodies, including maintained schools, academies and free schools must comply with the public sector equality duty in the Equality Act 2010.

This means you have to:
  • 16.1Publish details of how your school is complying with the public sector equality duty – you should update this every year
  • 16.2Publish your school’s equality objectives – you should update this at least once every 4 years
You need to include details of how your school is:
  • 16.3Eliminating discrimination (see the Equalities Act 2010)
  • 16.4Improving equality of opportunity for people with protected characteristics
  • 16.5Consulting and involving those affected by inequality in the decisions your school or college takes to promote equality and eliminate discrimination (affected people could include parents, pupils, staff and members of the local community)
  • 16.6Under the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017 organisations are required to publish information on its website about the gender pay gap in their organisation.

Schudio Tip

This is likely to be in the form of a report. We’d recommend publishing this either with your other policies, or on a page specially for all information regarding equality.


All schools and colleges should publish details about their complaints policies and procedures.

Read guidance on developing your school’s complaints procedure.

Maintained Schools
Academies and Colleges
  • 17.2All academies and colleges should publish their complaints policy online.
  • 17.3If you’re an academy, free school, FE or sixth-form college, you should also publish your whistleblowing policy online.
Maintained Schools, Academies and Free Schools
  • 17.3Publish any arrangements for handling complaints from parents of children with special educational needs (SEN) about the support the school provides.

Schudio Tip

These requirements are here to ensure these documents are available and easy to find on your website. Consider grouping all your policies into categories or groups and including the policies above in groups.


If you are an academy or free school other than a 16 to 19 academy, you should:

[This requirement was recently downgraded to a recommendation]

  • 18.1Publish details of your policy for excluding pupils.

Schudio Tip

Consider grouping all your policies into categories or groups and including the policy above in a group of related policies.


Your school or college website should include certain financial information.
(See ‘Academies financial handbook’ for more info)

Academies & Free Schools (See ‘Academies financial handbook’ for more
  • 19.1Annual report
  • 19.2Annual audited accounts
  • 19.3Memorandum of association
  • 19.4Articles of association
  • 19.5Names of charity trustees and members
  • 19.6Funding agreement
FE & Sixth Form Colleges
  • 19.7Colleges should publish their instruments and articles of government on their website.
  • 19.8They should also publish their annual members’ report and audited financial statement every year.

Schudio Tip

This information is probably deserving of it’s own page on your website, but try to keep it easily accessible, probably in a related menu structure alongside other information about your school/college so it’s easy to find. This must be on the school website as well as the Trust website.


Statutory guidance has been updated to expand on the aim set out in the government careers strategy. To achieve this aim, the careers strategy sets out that every school and academy providing education to students in Years 8 – 13 should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision.

(From Sept 2018) For the current academic year, you should include:

  • 20.1The name, email address and telephone number of the school’s Careers Leader
  • 20.2A summary of the careers programme, including details of how pupils, parents, teachers and employers may access information about the careers programme. In a way that enables pupils, parents, teachers and employers to access and understand it.
  • 20.3How the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on pupils
  • 20.4The date of the school’s next review of the information published
Provider Access Policy Statement
  • 20.5Schools should review their arrangements for provider access and must set out those arrangements in a policy statement. The school may revise the policy statement from time to time and we recommend that this is done annually. The policy statement must be published and should be made available on the school website.The purpose of the statement is to set out opportunities for providers to visit and to explain how requests from providers will be handled. The policy statement must include:
  • 20.5.1Any procedural requirements in relation to requests for access e.g. the main point of contact at the school to whom requests should be directed;
  • 20.5.2Grounds for granting and refusing requests for access e.g. details of timetabled careers lessons, assemblies or careers events which providers may attend; and should include the safeguarding policy;
  • 20.5.3Details of premises or facilities to be provided to a person who is given access e.g. rooms and resources to be made available in support of a provider visit.

Schudio Tip

Provide this careers information in a clear location on your website. A dedicated page or area on your website for careers is a good idea. Consider including additional resources alongside the statutory information.

DfE also advise:
Beyond these requirements, the school can design the policy statement in a way which best suits their needs. For example, it could be incorporated into a wider careers plan. What is most important is that the document includes details of the opportunities for providers to visit the school to talk directly to pupils and the process for providers to request access.


Not published on the main requirements pages currently but as of September 2019 the new guidelines around Keeping Children Safe in Education makes specific mention of the requirement to publish safeguarding information on the school website.

In an inspection, the lead inspector will prepare for the inspection by gaining an overview of the school’s recent performance, and any changes since the last inspection. There is also a requirement around making some of your safeguarding information available publicly, with your website being the specific medium mentioned to do this.

Pre-inspection planning will be informed by analysis of information on the school’s website including the presence and suitability of the safeguarding guidance
  • 21.1Include suitable safeguarding guidance on your school website. The child protection policy should describe procedures which are in accordance with government guidance and refer to locally agreed multi-agency safeguarding arrangements put in place by the three safeguarding partners.
Individual schools and colleges should ensure they have an effective child protection policy
  • 21.2This should be updated annually (as a minimum), and be available publicly either via the school or college website or by other means

Schudio Tip

Inspectors will consider three key areas:
- Identify the right children. How does the school do that?
- Help: what timely action do staff within the school take, and how well do they work with other agencies?
- Manage: how do governors and staff manage their statutory responsibilities, and, in particular, how do they respond to allegations about staff and other adults?

Include specific information and evidence where possible as to how you meet these areas.

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