Every school is required to publish key information on their website at the appropriate times in an academic year. Any inspection comes with specific school website results requirements. Here you'll find how you meet those specific school website requirements well.
What are the requirements for results by Key Stage?
The specific requirements are obviously different depending on what Key Stage you're working at. Here's the current breakdown as taken from the DfE website.
Key stage 2 (end of primary school) results
You must publish the following details from your school’s most recent key stage 2 results:
- average progress scores in reading, writing and maths
- average ‘scaled scores’ in reading and maths
- percentage of pupils who achieved the expected standard or above in reading, writing and maths
- percentage of pupils who achieved a high level of attainment in reading, writing and maths
Key stage 4 (end of secondary school) results
You must publish the following details from your school’s most recent key stage 4 results:
- progress 8 score
- attainment 8 score
- percentage of pupils who achieved a strong pass (grade 5 or above) in English and maths at the end of key stage 4
- percentage of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). In 2017, this was the percentage of pupils achieving the EBacc, so pupils who got a grade 5 or above in English and maths, and a grade C or above in the science, humanities and language pillars of the EBacc. In 2018, the EBaccattainment measure will change to an average point score (EBacc APS), showing pupils’ point scores across the 5 pillars of the EBacc
We suggest that schools also publish the percentage of students staying in education or going into employment after key stage 4 (pupil destinations).
It's important to note here that you should be now reporting EBacc APS rather than the percentage of pupils achieving the EBacc.
Key stage 5 (16 to 18) information
If you are a local-authority-maintained school sixth form you should publish a link to your school’s 16 to 18 performance tables page. You can find more information about these performance measures in the 16 to 18 accountability headline measures guidance.
** This information is correct at point of writing.
When should I publish results on my school website?
The times of the year vary based on, once again, when you should publish information. For Key Stage 2 Results you should be publishing in December. Key Stage 4 the key dates are in January. For more detailed information on when you should be publishing your results, and indeed other key information read Key School Website Dates for Your Diary .
How should I display my results information? (with examples)
While it is only a specific requirement to publish certain aspects of your statutory content in a 'readily accessible' way, best practice says that there are specific rules to follow.
Firstly, if you're relying on linking to PDF files and Word files you're not using the best options. PDFs can be fine but some users will still find them difficult to interact with. Your school website partner should be able to provide a way of presenting statutory content that will work reliably on any device.
For best practice advice and critical information on how to really get to grips with displaying your results information read Presenting Statutory Policies for Schools . But, as a quick note, below you'll find an example of how one high school has presented their information in a very easy to read format. You could opt to add the information in a file that can be viewed on your website but this is the best way. It's incredibly easy content to digest.
When publishing data on your school website it would be advisable to use the language of the requirements. From our point of view this makes it easier to understand when we're completing an compliance audit on your school website. But, it also means that you're giving any inspectors that might visit your website a good first impression.
Here are a couple of examples of schools doing it well...
One of the other requirements listed on the DfE website is to publish a link to the school and college performance tables. It's important to note here that this link should take the user straight to your schools page rather than the search page so make sure you've got this right!
How do I keep up to date with what results information I must publish online?
The single most effective way to keep on top of what results information you need to publish is to set up a selection of reliable resources to keep your website current. The best option is our own School Website Compliance Software. It's a tool that lets you check your school website against the latest requirements all year round. It doesn't matter who built your website, you can use it anyway. Also, we keep the checklist up to date, notify you of any changes to the statutory requirements and provide ongoing support and advice.