18 Jul School prospectus and publishing school information on the internet
The School Information (England) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/3093) require local authorities and maintained schools to publish specified information on schools in school and local authority composite prospectuses. The regulations also specify additional key admissions-related information that local authorities have to make available every year through their composite prospectuses to guide parents through local admissions processes and to inform comparisons between schools.
The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/1124) remove the requirement upon governing bodies of maintained schools to publish the annual prospectus and instead introduces a new obligation requiring schools to publish specified information on a website. These changes will come into effect in September 2012.
Maintained schools may stop writing and publishing a prospectus for 2012 but retain the freedom to choose whether they wish to continue marketing themselves in this way.
Academies and Free Schools are required to publish information through their funding agreements. The new model funding agreement will require academies and Free Schools to publish the same information as maintained schools.
Local authorities will continue to have a duty to ensure that parents receive the support they need to work through the admissions process. These proposed changes to the School Information Regulations will not change the duty for local authorities to produce a composite prospectus every year, or for schools to supply required information in a way that is easy to understand.