Antony Power
Posted on 18 Apr 2018

New Law for School Websites (maintained schools)

The Department for Education (DfE) has produced guidance on what schools are required to publish on their websites. This is separated into two different sets of requirements, one for maintained schools and one for academies, free schools and colleges.

This short article focuses on the obligations placed on maintained schools, and the additional requirements that will come into force on 1 September 2018.

The latest model DfE Supplemental Funding Agreement (March 2018) does not extend this obligation to academies. However, if you are an academy, we advise that you review your own agreement to check whether this change will apply to you.

The current law:

Under the current law, maintained schools must publish the following information on their websites:

  • The school contact details and the member of staff who deals with queries from parents and other members of the public
  • The admission arrangements of the school. This should include information as to how applications will be considered
  • Ofsted reports should be published (or a link to the report on the Ofsted website)
  • The exam and assessment results of key stage 2, key stage 4 and key stage 5, whichever is applicable to your school
  • A link to the school and college performance tables service
  • The content of your school curriculum in each academic year and for each subject. You should make it clear how parents or other members of the public can find out more about the curriculum that your school is following
  • Your school's behaviour policy and complaints procedure
  • Your schools strategy for use of the pupil premium, and how you spent the pupil premium allocation in the previous academic year
  • If your school has received year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium, or PE and sport premium for primary schools,  then you should publish the details of this
  • Your school must public a special educational needs (SEN) and disability information report which should be updated annually
  • As maintained schools are under the public sector equality duty in the Equality Act 2010, you must publish details of your schools' equality objectives and how you are complying with these
  • Governors' information and duties
  • Your schools' charging and remissions policies
  • A statement of your school's values and ethos

For further detail on the information that each of the above categories should contain, please see the DfE guidance.

The new law:

The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 come into effect on 1 September 2018. They have created an additional obligation on maintained schools, requiring them to publish information relating to their careers programme online.

The information about each school's careers programme that will need to be published is:

  • the name, email address and telephone number of the school's careers leader
  • a summary of the careers programmes, including details as to how pupils, parents, teachers and employers may gain access to information relating to the programme
  • how the school measures the impact of the careers programme on pupils
  • the date of the school's next review of the above information

This new law should not be burdensome for schools. However, it is important that schools are aware of their obligations under this legislation and are compliant by 1 September 2018.

For more information please contact the Education team.