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What Ofsted expects to see on your website?

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In 2012 Ofsted adapted the School Information Regulations to include specific requirements. The necessity for schools to provide information in a clear and accessible way is now a fundamental part of the inspection process and in light of this there are certain requirements for your school website that Ofsted will be looking at.

With Ofsted inspections that can happen at a moments notice it is crucial that your website delivers the information they're looking for to avoid unnecessary negative feedback in your inspection. First and foremost, if your school doesn't currently have a website then we would strongly advise you to remedy that situation. At Inco Education we have vast experience in supporting schools with the development of their websites so please do not hesitate to contact us for any guidance.

What Ofsted will expect to see on your website is the following:

  • Information about your school's pupil premium allocation and details of how you plan to spend it in the current year.
  • Information about how the money was spent in the previous year and its impact on educational attainment.
  • Details about the curriculum of your school by academic year and by subject. For primary schools information about the approach to phonic and reading schemes will be required. For secondary schools you should include information about the GCSE options and other qualifications offered at Key Stage 4.
  • Information about your school's admission arrangements including your published admission number. The information should also set out your selection and over-subscription criteria as well as well as your process for applications through the local authority.
  • Any of your school's previous Ofsted reports should also be available.
  • DfE School Performance Tables and latest Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 attainment and progress measures need to be available.
  • Details of your school policies on behaviour as well as your SEN and disability provision.
  • Information about the ethos and values of your school.

Adding value to your school website

The above list sets out the minimum that Ofsted will be looking for. As a general rule we encourage you to publish any information about your school that parents, governors and the wider community will need to make them well-informed about your school's performance. For parents in particular you should include information about your school that helps them to make an effective school choice.

To add more value to your school website you should consider including information about the school timetable, development planning, school evaluation and your school prospectus. Including staff profiles, information about news and events, school achievements, open day videos and involving pupils will also give your website a greater presence and make it more impressive to Ofsted inspectors.

Having a great website is an excellent starting point for any Ofsted inspection so you need to make sure that your current website isn't letting you down.

There are many aspects of your website that Inco Education can help you with so to find out more, feel free to call us on 03330 124 907. Alternatively you can email us at info@inco-education.co.uk

 
 
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