The school website is a powerful tool for engaging key stakeholders, particularly parents and prospective parents. Did you know, however, there is a requirement to publish certain information on your website to meet Department for Education (DfE) and Ofsted expectations?
The Ofsted School Inspection Handbook states that inspectors will use “all available evidence to develop an initial picture of the school’s performance” before an inspection – as such, your school website is their first port of call. If your website is non-compliant, inspectors may question the school’s leadership, including governance.
There are different publishing requirements, depending on whether your school is a maintained school or an academy.
In order to help schools publish the relevant information on their website, NGA has updated its Information that must be published on your website guidance. As well as statutory requirements, this guidance also includes a list of items schools may wish to publish in line with good practice. Accompanying the webpages, governors and trustees may want to download a check list of the requirements. These are available for both maintained schools and academies.
This updated guidance is part one of NGA’s “requirements for the new academic year” guidance series. (only available to download if your an NGA Member)
The Governor Clerking Service offer a website compliancy checking service to all schools and academies at an additional cost. Please contact us on 01484 225010/11/12 or email Kirklees.firstname.lastname@example.org