From the first of September, new legislation came into force about the information that must be on all websites for schools. (Read the full document here)
As I have been visiting schools and looking at their websites, few seem to have moved to address the new requirements. There are many reasons for this, but two have sprung to mind:
The ICT co-ordinator is often responsible for maintaining the school website. Whilst the ICT co-ordinators role is very important, the website would be best placed in the hands of the school administration staff, who are able to respond quickly to changes that might need to be added to the website. We would never pass on the school marketing and publicity to the ICT co-ordinator, or any other co-ordinator for that matter!
Other schools have relied on a governor, or even a parent to maintain the school website. I would urge any school that is in this position to re-consider. Handing over control of your web presence to anyone external to the school is placing themselves in a tricky position. In some instances the parent or governor has left and taken the login details with them. Nothing like having an out of date website you can’t even change!
Now might be a good time to have a good long hard think about your school website: What is it’s purpose and who can edit it?
Below is an outline of the changes required:
Speed of Change of Information:
“the governing body must arrange for the information published on the website to be updated as soon as is reasonably practicable following a change to that information and, in any event, at least annually.”
School Contact Details:
“The name, postal address and telephone number of the school, and the name of a person to whom enquiries should be addressed.”
“Information as to where and by what means parents may access the most recent report about the school published by her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills.”
The school’s most recent key stage 2 results as published by the Secretary of State under the following column headings in the School Performance Tables published on the Department for Education’s website:
(a)“% achieving Level 4 or above in English and Maths”;
(b)“% making expected progress”;
(c)in relation to English, “% achieving Level 5 or above”; and
(d)in relation to Maths, “% achieving Level 5 or above”.
The school’s most recent key stage 4 results as published by the Secretary of State under the following column headings in the School Performance Tables published on the Department for Education’s website:
(a)“% achieving 5 + A* – C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Maths GCSEs”;
(b)“% achieving the English Baccalaureate”; and
(c)“% of pupils making expected progress”.
School Performance Tables:
“Information as to where and by what means parents may access the School Performance Tables published by the Secretary of State on the Department for Education’s website.”
The following information about the school curriculum—
(a)in relation to each academic year, the content of the curriculum followed by the school for each subject and details as to how additional information relating to the curriculum may be obtained;
(b)in relation to key stage 1, the names of any phonics or reading schemes in operation; and
(c)in relation to key stage 4—
(i)a list of the courses provided which lead to a GCSE qualification,
(ii)a list of other courses offered at key stage 4 and the qualifications that may be acquired.
“The measures determined by the head teacher under section 89 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006”
“The amount of the school’s allocation from the Pupil Premium grant(5) in respect of the current academic year; details of how it is intended that the allocation will be spent; details of how the previous academic year’s allocation was spent, and the effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school in respect of whom grant funding was allocated.”
“The report prepared by the school under section 317(5)(a) of EA 1996 (duties of governing bodies in relation to special educational needs(6))”
Charging and Remissions Policy:
The school’s charging and remissions policy determined by them under section 457 of EA 1996(7).
“A statement of the school’s ethos and values.”
Maintaining websites for schools can be a tiresome and time-consuming. Perhaps it’s time to let the ICT co-ordinator off the hook and pass it on to The ICT Advisors.
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