03 Jun What must schools publish online?
This is one of the questions we get asked frequently, and we have put together some information we hope you will find helpful.
Changes in legislation last year meant that schools no longer have to publish a school profile and prospectus. However, as of September 2012 there is now a requirement to publish certain information on your schools website. FAQs about the requirements can be found on the DfE site here.
Information that should be published online
LA maintained schools must publish:
- Contact details of the school
- Pupil Premium allocation, use and impact on attainment
- Curriculum provision, content and approach, by academic year and by subject
- Admission arrangements
- The school’s policy in relation to behaviour, charging, and SEN and disability provision
- Links to Ofsted reports and to the Department’s achievement and attainment performance data; and details of thee school’s latest Key Stage 2 and 4 attainment and progress measures.
- A statement of the school’s ethos and values
Academies are required to provide information through their Funding Agreements or the The Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2010 (the Independent Schools Regulations).
Academies are subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and must follow guidance about schools’ obligations in terms of allowing parents access to information about their children. Guidance on this has been produced by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
The following information must be made available to parents:
- An annual written report of each pupil’s progress and attainment in the main subject areas taught (to be sent to the pupil’s parents);
- The school’s address, telephone number and name of the headteacher;
- The name and address for correspondence of the chair of governors;
- A statement of the school’s ethos (including any religious ethos) and aims;
- Particulars of the school’s policy on and arrangements for admissions, misbehaviour and exclusions;
- The school’s arrangements for anti-bullying, health and safety; and
- Details of the school’s complaints procedure and the number of complaints registered under the formal procedure during the preceding school year.
Academies are required by their funding agreements to also publish the following information online:
- Pupil premium allocation, use and impact on attainment;
- Curriculum provision, content and approach, by academic year and by subject;
- The school’s policy in relation to SEN and disability provision;
- Links to Ofsted reports and to the Department’s achievement and attainment performance data;
- Details of the school’s latest Key Stage 2 and 4 attainment and progress measures (as published in the School Performance Tables);
- Information as to where and by what means parents (including prospective parents) may access the school’s most recent Ofsted report;
- Information as to where and by what means parents (including prospective parents) may access the School Performance Tables;
- Information about its annual accounts, annual report, memorandum and articles of association and Funding Agreement; and
- Information about (a) the times at which each school session begins and ends on a school day (b) its charging and remissions policies.
How will parents who do not have access to the internet access this information?
For those parents who cannot access the internet or who find hard copies of materials more accessible, the regulations will require schools to continue to provide a hard copy where parents request it – this can be simply met by printing a hard copy of the online information.