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THE SCHOOL WEBSITE
REQUIREMENTS GUIDE 2024
BRAND NEW EDITION
May 18, 2024

Wholesale changes were released in May 2024 with a complete rewording, reordering and new requirements.
This definitive guide and checklist for what all Schools and Trusts must publish online is the most trusted in the UK.

School Website Requirements Guide 2024

RIGOUR & PRECISENESS ON YOUR SCHOOL WEBSITE WILL ENSURE YOUR INSPECTION STARTS WELL AND AVOIDS UNNECESSARY ISSUES

Chapter 1

WHAT'S NEW IN MAY 2024?

“Changes to school website requirements were updated on May 15th, 2024. This is the biggest round of changes to requirements we have seen in a number of years.”

Throughout this guide, we will explore the details of what Maintained Schools, Academies, Free Schools & Trusts must publish online and the most important actions you need to take to make your website compliant.

What’s more, you’ll find a full, current, and comprehensive checklist to audit your website alongside best practice advice and examples of schools that are excelling at compliance.

“KEY ACTION for 2024: Review everything from start to finish using the resources, tools and support available to you and ensure your website is in great shape at all times.
DO NOT wait until you’re in the inspection window. Peace of mind about compliance only comes when you know you are on top of the requirements.

“Your website has the potential to raise key concerns for inspectors or set you up brilliantly for success.”

Chapter 2

Latest School Website Requirements

Last updated for May 18, 2024

The very latest strategies for highly effective school website compliance are focused on how you effectively use your website to get ahead of an inspection by evidencing how you do what you say you do.

BUT, the single most important thing to remember is that if you wait until you’re approaching an inspection, this work will be much harder.

Keep on top of website compliance using the resources, tools and support that we provide.

Are you demonstrating the quality of education in your school through your school website?

That is now what the very best schools are doing and it isn’t as hard as you might think. Think about what you say you do in a particular area of school life. Then listen to parents, students and teachers to get their opinion. Then provide evidence on your school website of this in action. Repeat this process for everything you do. As a result they don’t worry about inspections.

 

Here are some of the most important things to consider as you work on your school website requirements:

 

* 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 designed to be simple to follow and allow 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.

* If you are struggling for time, ask one of our experts to carry out a Pro School Website Audit for you and we’ll provide a fully actionable report on your website and support you in making your site compliant as quickly as possible.

Further Reading:
Chapter 3

6 Top Tips for School Website Compliance

Our in-house experts have access to DfE contacts, Multi Academy Trust Directors 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 for 2024.

TIP #1

If there are website issues there WILL be issues in school …

Wow! That’s quite a statement. Well, it’s direct from the horses mouth as it is a mantra that inspectors follow. Your school website sets the tone for your inspection and is your greatest opportunity to avoid unnecessary questions and headaches.

If, by and large, you had a clear rigour and precisness to your approach to everything you do any small issues will not be a concern. If that’s not the case, then inspectors will keep pulling on any thread they find.

TIP #2

Content MUST be easy and fast to find

This is a requirement that we always include. The thing is, it’s still an issue on lots of websites. We all know, very well, the frustration of struggling to find information on a website. Ofsted Inspectors are no different.

One inspector told us that if he cannot find what he is looking for in 10 minutes he will give up. Think about how long 10 minutes is to spend looking around a website for a specific item. That’s a LONG time!

What’s the top tip here? Be sure you know where your statutory content is and make it very easy to find.

Read our Definitive guide to School Website Structure.

TIP #3

Safeguarding – if that’s an issue, everything else isn’t even worth looking at

Safeguarding is Ofsted’s number one priority. Rightly so. When inspectors visit your website for they come to school they are looking for an immediate, clear picture of how you approach safeguarding and whether or not you treat it as your highest concern.

If you so much as have an out-of-date safeguarding policy on your website – that’s an instant leadership and management issue.

If you know you have an inspection looming and you want to make the best possible changes quickly. Get this sorted – today!

Read more here.

TIP #4

Work systematically and set reminders

All too often, we see examples of school websites that have out of date content and a variety of statutory content added in all manner of formats.

It is so important it is to figure out a process and a schedule for checking your website. What’s more, if you set reminders when you need to update specific policies and content, you will be able to rest assured that all is in hand.

You will find things so much easier if you do. If you don’t know where to start, consider The School Website Compliance Software that is available as a standalone package or as part of any school website from Schudio.

TIP #5

Make sure you stay current all year round

Changes to the statutory requirements can crop up at any time of year. Furthermore, it’s not unheard of these days for a requirement to be added but not appear on the list of ‘what schools must publish online’; take safeguarding for example.

It’s really important to have a plan in place to ensure you stay fully aware of the latest requirements all year round. Using this guide is the best place to start.

Our experts stay current all year round and provide ongoing support and advice – your best next step is to check out the learning opportunities and tools we offer to support you.

TIP #6

Multi-Academy Trusts: centralise compliance across your trust

Trusts have the opportunity to save enormous amounts of time and increase awareness of compliance across the trust by centralising all compliance efforts.

The Schudio MAT Portal has been developed to give you the assurance and support needed to easily navigate website compliance and give time back to all your school leaders.

MAT PORTAL BENEFITS
  • Ofsted Audit Tool: A split screen shows your website alongside a checklist of compliance actions with toggle switches. Strategic reports are then automatically generated.
  • One Platform, Everything Managed: Manage Ofsted compliance, all policies and documents across the trust in one place; update policy once and it updates on ALL websites.
  • Reduced workload: Free up staff time with features like centralised reporting and policy update prompts.
  • Expert Compliance Support: Get bespoke advice from our compliance, design and marketing professionals whenever you need it.
  • Works with any website provider: Don’t worry if your schools use different website providers, MAT Portal works with them all.
  • Centralised Management for Website Clients: choose Schudio as your website provider across the trust and control ALL content across ALL sites from your MAT Portal.

We’re committed to supporting your trust in achieving and maintaining exemplary standards of website compliance with ease.

To discuss how the MAT Portal can immediately impact compliance across your trust, get in touch with our team.

Chapter 4

Presenting Policies & Documents

Displaying policies and documents on your school website may not be the most exciting 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, it does 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

Group your policies into categories and display them on your page, rather than one long list of documents for a visitor to scan through. Add some sort of styling to the page, even something as simple as an icon next to the file-name will break up the content and make it easier to use.

Also, think 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

The Schudio Solution

We offer a whole unique and powerful module for managing documents called Document Groups. Upload a file, provide details of the name and add it 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 SEND policy, it will update in every location on your website.

For Multi-Academy Trusts, this can be used across all websites, no matter who your provider is for each school so that you can effectively manage your policy content from one place for all your websites.

Get in touch to find out more.

Chapter 5

The School Website Checklist 2024

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

The sections below contain 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!

SCHOOL WEBSITE
CHECKLIST 2024

Last updated May 18, 2024

ABOUT THIS GUIDE

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 or any Schudio School Website Design Package.

Table of Contents

Section 1 – admission arrangements

The admission arrangements section is different depending on your school type and who determines your admissions. Every maintained school and academy trust must publish their admission arrangements to comply with the:

school admissions code
school admission appeals code

The school admissions and appeals codes do not apply to special academies, alternative provision settings or stand-alone 16 to 19 institutions.

Requirements

September Admissions – normal point of entry
By 15 March each year, the school or trust must publish on its website:

the admission arrangements for children who will be starting school at the normal point of entry in September of the following year. It must retain them there for the whole of the academic year in which offers for places are made.

The admission arrangements must explain:

how the trust considers applications for places in each relevant age group (that is, the age group in which children are normally admitted to its schools.
how many children the trust intends to admit in each relevant age group (known as the published admission number, or PAN)
what a parent or carer needs to do if they want to apply for their child to attend one of the trust’s schools
how the trust allocates places if there are more applicants than places available

Where applicable, the school or trust must also explain how:

children applying to a selective school are selected for a place
a parent or carer of a primary-age child can request that a school delay or defer their child’s entry to reception, and the process for requesting admission outside the normal age group
many external applicants a school intends to admit into the sixth form

In-year admissions
By 31 August each year, the school or trust must publish:

how it will manage in-year applications for places (that is, applications for places in the middle of a school year, or to start in the September of a year which is not the normal point of entry).

If the trust manages those applications, it must provide:

an application form
supplementary information, if necessary

If the local authority manages those applications, the school or trust must publish a link to the in-year application coordination scheme

Admission appeals

By 28 February each year, the school or trust must publish a timetable setting out how it will organise and hear admission appeals.

This timetable must:

include a deadline that allows a parent or carer at least 20 school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful to prepare and lodge a written appeal

include reasonable deadlines for:

a parent or carer to submit additional evidence
admission authorities to submit their evidence
the clerk to send appeal papers to the panel and parties
ensure that a parent or carer lodging an appeal receives at least 10 school days’ notice of their appeal hearing
ensure that decision letters are sent within 5 school days of the hearing, wherever possible

Further guidance is available in the school admission appeals code.

What 16 to 19 academies and FE colleges should publish

16 to 19 academies and FE colleges should publish their admission arrangements.
The school admissions and appeals codes do not apply to these settings.

By the September of the academic year before the one in which they will apply, 16 to 19 academies and FE colleges should publish their arrangements. Parents, carers and young people will use these to make an informed choice, so they should remain unchanged during that year.

The admission arrangements should include details of:

the open days planned
how to apply for a place
whether the 16 to 19 academy or FE college gives priority to applications from pupils enrolled at particular schools

What community and voluntary-controlled schools must publish

Community and voluntary-controlled schools must publish a link to the local authority’s website for parents and carers who wish to find out about the school’s admission and appeal arrangements. It is the local authority that manages both processes.

Section 2 – annual reports and accounts

Requirements

What academy trusts must publish

Academy trusts must publish their audited annual report and accounts on their website by 31 January each year. Guidance is available in the academy trust handbook.

What FE colleges must publish

By 31 January each year, FE colleges must publish their annual report and audited financial statements in an easily accessible location on their website and retain them there for 2 years.

Section 3 – Behaviour Policy

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

Requirements

What schools must publish

Schools must publish their behaviour policy. It must comply with section 89 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.

What academies must publish

Academies must publish their behaviour policy, including their anti-bullying strategy. Guidance on developing and publishing a behaviour policy is available.

What FE colleges should publish

FE colleges should publish their behaviour policy, including their anti-bullying strategy.

Schudio Tips

Note here that while the current guidance is that only academies and FE colleges should publish an anti-bullying strategy, the expectation from conversations with DfE is that maintained schools should do this as well.

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.

Section 4 – careers program information

This information has been simplified to be more clear and easy to understand. The information below has been collated from the requirements published by DfE and restructured to be easier to understand and implement.

Requirements for Key Stage 2 (end of primary school) results

What all secondary schools, secondary academies, 16 to 19 academies and FE colleges must publish

All listed schools above must publish a policy statement to comply with section 42B of the Education Act 1997, known as the ‘provider access legislation’. This statement must set out the circumstances in which they will give providers of technical education and apprenticeships access to year 8 to 13 pupils, as applicable.

For the current academic year, this must include:

the name and contact details of their careers lead
a summary of the careers programme, including details of how young people, parents, carers, teachers and employers can access information about it
how the academy or college measures and assesses the programme’s impact on young people
the date by which it will review this information

Statutory guidance on providing careers guidance is available.

Schudio Tip

Note that for academies the information listed above is stated as “should”, rather than must but we recommend approaching this as a mandatory requirement.
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.

SECTION 5 – Charging and remissions policies

Guidance on charging for school activities is available. Sections 449 to 462 of the Education Act 1996 set out the law on charging in schools maintained by local authorities. Academies are required by their funding agreement to comply.

Requirements

What schools and academies must publish

Schools and academies must publish their:

charging policy, giving details of activities for which they will charge parents and carers
remissions policy, giving details of the circumstances in which they will wholly or partly waive any charge they would otherwise expect parents and carers to pay

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

SECTION 6 – Complaints policy

All schools and colleges should publish details about their complaints policies and procedures.
Read guidance on developing your school’s complaints procedure.

Requirements

What maintained schools must publish

Schools must publish their complaints policy to comply with section 29 of the Education Act 2002. The best practice guidance supports them to set up and review their complaints procedures.
They must also publish the details of any arrangements for handling complaints from parents and carers about the support they provide for children with special educational needs and disability (SEND). They must do this as part of their SEN information report.

What academy schools and trusts must make available

All academies and trusts (with the exception of 16-19 academies) must have a complaints procedure that meets the requirements in the standard at the Education (Independent School Standards (England) Regulations 2014 Schedule 1, Part 7. The complaints procedure must be available to parents and carers of children attending an academy.

What academy schools must publish

Academy schools must publish the details of any arrangements for handling complaints from parents and carers about the support they provide for children with special educational needs and disability (SEND). They must do this as part of their SEN information report.

What academy trusts and FE colleges must publish

Academy trusts must publish details of their whistleblowing procedure.
FE colleges must publish their whistleblowing policy and regularly review it.

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.

SECTION 7 – School Contact Details

NOTE: Schools that do not have a website
Schools that do not have their own website must publish this information on an alternative website and provide parents and carers with a link to it.
EXPLAINED: You must still publish all of the information which is set out on this webpage online even if you do not maintain your own website. You can use an alternative website to host the information as long as you make the address and details of the website known to parents, for example, by providing parents with the URL (website address) and any other relevant details.

Requirements

What all schools must publish

All schools must publish:

their postal address
their telephone number
the name of the member of staff who deals with queries from parents and carers, and the public

What mainstream maintained and academy schools must publish

Mainstream schools must also publish the name and contact details of their special educational needs co-ordinator.

What academy schools and FE colleges should publish

the name of their headteacher or principal
the name and contact details of the chair of their governing body, if applicable
the contact details of their academy trust and a link to its website, if applicable

Schudio Tip

Our recommendation is that every school adds all this information to their website, even where some requirements are not specifically marked as mandatory. They should be added to the contact us page and any specific relevant pages as well; ie your SENCO details should be on your SEND page, your contact page and your staff page.
If your behaviour policy adheres to the section within the act include that somewhere in your policy document, ideally on a title page.

SECTION 8 – Curriculum

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. The information below has been collated from the requirements published by DfE to avoid duplication and make the information easier to understand.

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.

NOTE for all schools: Your approach to the curriculum should also include how you are complying with your duties in theEquality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 about making the curriculum accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs.

Requirements

What all schools must publish

All schools must publish:

the content of the curriculum in each academic year for every subject, including mandatory subjects such as religious education (RE) – this applies even if it is taught as part of another subject or known by another name
information to make parents and carers aware they have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of RE
how parents, carers or other members of the public can find out more about the curriculum
an accessibility plan that sets out how, over time, they will increase the extent to which disabled pupils participate in the curriculum

What schools with key stage 1 provision must publish

Schools with key stage 1 provision must publish a list of any phonics or reading schemes they use.

What schools with key stage 4 provision must publish

Schools with key stage 4 provision must publish a list of the key stage 4 courses they offer, including GCSEs.

Where relevant:

16 to 19 qualifications they offer

What all schools should publish

Alongside the content of their music curriculum, all schools are expected to publish information about their music development plan. A template is available to support with this.

What all academies must publish

Academies must publish their policy on relationships education or relationships and sex education. They should consult parents and carers when developing and reviewing it. It must meet pupils’, parents’ and carers’ needs, and reflect the community the academy serves.

What academies with 16 to 19 provision should publish

Academies with 16 to 19 provision should also publish information on how their curriculum meets the 16 to 19 study programme requirements.

SECTION 9 – Ethos and Values

Requirements

What schools, academies and FE colleges should publish

Publish 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. Consider creating 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.

SECTION 10 – Executive Pay

These requirements are specific to academy trusts and FE colleges. There is no requirement for academies to publish information related to the trust, nor is there a requirement for maintained schools to publish this information.

Requirements

What academy trusts must publish

Academy trusts must publish the number of employees whose salary and related benefits exceeded £100,000 during the previous academic year ended 31 August. They must present this information in:

an easily accessible form
£10,000 bandings

The requirements to publish financial information are set out in the academy trust handbook.

What FE colleges must publish

FE colleges must publish in their annual accounts the salaries of higher-paid staff, in line with the college accounts direction.

Schudio Tip

The recommendation is to add information as a table. Read the blog article linked here of information on how to achieve this. Also, if you don’t have anyone earning over £100,000 still reference that.

SECTION 11 – Financial Information

These requirements are specific to maintained schools. Note that this requirement includes the previously separate requirement for linking to the benchmarking service.

Requirements

What schools must publish

Schools must publish:

the number of their employees, if any, whose gross annual salary exceeds £100,000, presenting this information in £10,000 bandings – DfE recommends using a table to display this
a link to the dedicated webpage for their school on the schools financial benchmarking service.

Schudio Tip

The recommendation is to add information as a table. Read the blog article linked here of information on how to achieve this. Also, if you don’t have anyone earning over £100,000 still reference that.

SECTION 12 – Governors’ Information & Duties

Schools must publish on their website up-to-date details of its governance arrangements in a readily accessible form. The details below have been broken down by school type.

Maintained Schools publish information on the governing body in line with the constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools statutory guidance.

Academies can follow details as explained in the ‘Academies financial handbook’ (paragraphs 2.49 to 2.50).

Requirements for Maintained Schools

What maintained schools must publish

Maintained Schools publish information on the governing body in line with the constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools statutory guidance.

What schools should publish

Schools should publish information about:

their structure
their responsibilities
each governor or associate member
governors’ or associate members’ relevant business and financial interests
whether associate members have voting rights

DfE also encourages schools to publish easily accessible data about the diversity of:

their board
any associated committees

There is no prescriptive way to collect this data, but schools may choose to follow a similar approach to that they use to collate the diversity data of pupils.
Board or committee members can opt out of sharing their information, such as protected characteristics, including after the data has been published.
Schools must ensure that individuals cannot be identified, which may be a particular issue when board or committee member levels are low. Guidance on the Equality Act 2010 and data protection in schools is available.

Requirements for Academy Trusts

What academy trusts must publish

Academy trusts must publish the following in an easily accessible format on their website:

a memorandum of association
their articles of association
the names of trust members and academy trustees
the relevant business and financial interests of members, trustees, local governors and accounting officers
their funding agreement
any supplemental funding agreement
up-to-date details of governance arrangements

Further guidance is available in the academy trust handbook.

What academy trusts should publish

DfE encourages academy trusts to publish easily accessible data about the diversity of:

their board
any associated committees

There is no prescriptive way to collect this data, but trusts may choose to follow a similar approach to that they use to publish the diversity data of pupils.

Board or committee members can opt out of sharing their information, such as protected characteristics, including after the data has been published.

Trusts must ensure that individuals cannot be identified, which may be a particular issue when board or committee member levels are low. Guidance on the Equality Act 2010 and data protection in schools is available.

Requirements for FE Colleges

What FE colleges should publish

FE colleges should publish the following:

their governing body’s structure and responsibilities
details of any committees
the names of the chair and governors
information on governor recruitment, such as selection procedures and the work of any search committee

They may wish simply to publish their governors’ handbook, which should include all of this information.

They should also publish their instrument and articles of government.

DfE encourages FE colleges to make an energy and carbon reporting disclosure equivalent to that set out in the Companies (Directors’ Report) and Limited Liability Partnerships (Energy and Carbon Report) Regulations 2018. Guidance is available in the college accounts direction.

Schudio Tip

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

SECTION 13 – Ofsted Report

All schools are required to do one of the following. See the Schudio Tip below for best practice advice.

Requirements

What schools and academies should publish

All schools and academies should publish either a:

copy of their most recent Ofsted report, or
link to the report on the Ofsted website

Schudio Tip

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 14 – Pay Gap Reporting

This is an entirely new requirement with different requirements for all organisations. Note how the advice is to publish this information no matter what size organisation you are. We have collated the requirements to make this easier to understand and implement.

Requirements

What schools, academy trusts, academies and FE colleges with 250 or more employees must publish

Schools with 250 or more employees must, in line with the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017:

report their gender pay gap information to the government via the gender pay gap service
publish this information in a prominent place on their website within one year of their ‘snapshot date’, which, for most public authority employers, will be 31 March

Statutory guidance on the gender pay gap information employers must report is available.

What schools, academy trusts, academies and FE colleges with 250 or more employees may wish to publish

Most public authority employers, including schools, do not need to publish a written statement on their public-facing website.

However, schools with 250 or more employees may wish to publish:

a supporting narrative to explain their gender pay gap
an action plan that sets out how they plan to address it

What schools, academy trusts, academies and FE colleges with fewer than 250 employees should publish

Schools with fewer than 250 employees:
are not required to comply with the regulations, but should give serious consideration to the business benefits of doing so

Guidance on who counts as an employee is available.

For schools interested in looking at their ethnicity pay gap, guidance for employers on voluntary ethnicity pay reporting is also available.

SECTION 15 – PE and sport premium

Requirements

What all schools with primary-aged pupils must publish

Academies that receive PE and sport premium funding must publish, by 31 July each year:

the amount of premium funding received
a full breakdown of how it has been or will be spent
the impact seen by the school on pupils’ participation and attainment in PE and sport
how this improvement will be sustained

The Association for Physical Education and Youth Sport Trust have jointly developed a template that can be used for recording and reporting on the premium’s impact.

By 31 July each year, the academy must also publish the percentage of pupils in year 6 who have met the national curriculum requirement to:

swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
use a range of strokes effectively – for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke
perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

Further guidance is available in the conditions of grant document.

SECTION 16 – Public sector equality duty

Previously titled, Equality Objectives – Public bodies, must comply with the public sector equality duty in the Equality Act 2010 and the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017. The Equality Act 2010 and Advice for Schools provide information as to how your school can demonstrate compliance.

Requirements

What schools, academies and FE colleges must publish

Schools must publish:

details of how they comply with the public sector equality duty, updating this every year
their equality objectives, updating these at least every 4 years

The Equality Act 2010: advice for schools provides guidance on how schools can show they have complied, as required by the Equality Act 2010 and the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017.

What FE colleges should publish

FE colleges should publish:

an annual equality, diversity and inclusion review, including data on protected characteristics at these levels:

board
executive leadership
staff
student

the actions taken to address disparities

SECTION 17 – COMPLAINTS

Requirements

What schools and academies must publish

Schools that receive pupil premium and recovery premium funding must publish a strategy statement by 31 December each year.

It must explain how the:

pupil premium and recovery premium is being spent
school is improving outcomes for pupils by how it is spending this funding

Schools must publish the statement in the DfE template provided on the pupil premium guidance page, so it meets the requirements set out in the conditions of grant document.

DfE recommends that schools plan their pupil premium spending over 3 years. If they do so, they must still update their statement annually to reflect:

their spending activity for the current academic year
the impact of pupil premium in the previous academic year

SECTION 18 – Remote education

Requirements

What schools and academies must publish

Schools should publish information about their remote education provision.

SECTION 19 – School Opening Hours

This requirement was new in 2022 and it still missed by lots of schools. 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.

Requirements

What all schools and academies should publish

official start time of the compulsory school day
official end time of the compulsory school day
total time this amounts to in a typical week, including breaks but not after-school activities

SECTION 20 – School Uniform

This requirement was new in 2022 and is still missed by lots of schools. 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.

Requirements

What all schools and academies should publish

Schools whose pupils are required to wear a uniform should publish an easily understandable policy on their website, in line with statutory guidance on the cost of school uniforms.

It should include information about:

optional or required items
items that will be worn only at certain times of year (for example, winter or summer uniform)
items that must be branded or can be generic
whether items can be bought only from a specific retailer or more widely
where second-hand uniform can be purchased

Section 21 – Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disability Information

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. You should update any changes occurring during the year as soon as possible. The report must comply with section 69 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

Requirements

What all schools and academies must publish

Schools must publish an SEN information report. It should be updated annually and any changes to the information occurring during the year should be updated as soon as possible.

To comply with section 69 of the Children and Families Act 2014, the report must contain:

the SEN information specified in Schedule 1 to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 – statutory guidance is available in paragraphs 6.79 to 6.82 of the SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years

additional information about the:

arrangements for the admission of disabled pupils
steps the school has taken to prevent disabled pupils from being treated less favourably than other pupils
facilities it provides to help disabled pupils access the school

accessibility plan it has prepared under paragraph 3 of Schedule 10 to the Equality Act 2010 to:

increase the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the curriculum
improve the physical environment to increase the extent to which disabled pupils can take advantage of the educational benefits, facilities or services provided or offered
improve the way disabled pupils can access information that is easily 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.

SECTION 22 – Test, exam and assessment results

We have combined the requirements below and worked on the basis that where some requirements for academies are marked as ‘should’ by DfE, we have marked these as ‘must’ for ease of understanding and implementation. So, all requirements below should be understood to be mandatory for all schools, where the key stage is applicable.

Requirements

What all schools, academies and college must publish

All schools should publish a link to the compare school and college performance service and to their own performance measures page on it.

Key stage 2

All primary schools and academies with key stage 2 pupils must publish their most recent key stage 2 performance measures, as published by the Secretary of State, comprising:

their progress scores in:

reading
writing
maths

the percentage of their pupils who achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths (combined)
the percentage of their pupils who achieved a higher standard in reading, writing and maths (combined)

their average scaled score in:

reading
maths

Key stage 4

All schools and academies with key stage 4 pupils should publish their most recent key stage 4 performance measures, as published by the Secretary of State, comprising:

their Progress 8 score
the percentage of their pupils achieving a grade 5 or above in GCSE English and GCSE maths (combined)
their Attainment 8 score
the percentage of their pupils staying in education or going into employment after key stage 4
the percentage of their pupils who were entered for the English Baccalaureate (EBacc)
their EBacc average point score (APS)

Key stage 5 (16 to 18)

Academies and FE colleges with students aged 16 to 18 and secondary schools with sixth forms must publish their most recent 16 to 18 performance measures, as published by the Secretary of State, comprising their students’ headline:

attainment measures
retention measures
destination measures

They do not have to publish the following measures for the 2022 to 2023 academic year, as these are not being published by the Secretary of State:

  • level 3 value-added
  • English and maths progress measure

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.

SECTION 23 – SAFEGUARDING

This list of requirements is NOT published on the main requirements pages currently but as of September 2019 the 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.

Requirements

Pre-inspection planning will be informed by analysis of information on the school’s website including the presence and suitability of the safeguarding guidance

Include 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. This 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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