The old days of pen and paper are slowly fading behind the shoulders of the new digital world. Filing cabinets are almost extinct, and searching for a document no longer means traipsing through the past six years by hand. This is great in so many ways, and we’re sure the trees appreciate it too. But it does mean we have to keep up, and when it comes to the new school legislation deadline, there’s no exception.
A recent amendment to the School Information Regulations, which comes into effect in September 2012, has removed the requirement upon governing bodies of maintained schools to publish an annual prospectus, and instead introduces a new obligation requiring schools to publish specified information on a website. It sounds straightforward, as most schools do have a website – but that doesn’t necessarily make the transition easy. Some websites might be out-of-date and require a complete rebuild, or there may not be any technical support or training available on how to update and manage the existing online information.
In order to meet the new legislation for schools, the following content must be made available online:
- 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.
Whether it’s a simple update of your existing site, or deciding that this is the ideal time for that new all-singing, all-dancing site that you can be rightly proud of, we are ideally placed to help you. We’ve built many school websites, from infants to comprehensives, so know exactly what features are needed. Training staff in our easy-to-use CMS comes as standard, and ongoing technical support means that we’re there for you whenever you need us.
If you would like to see a selection of our work, please visit our dedicated ‘Designed for Schools‘ website, and don’t hesitate to contact us for references. We look forward to helping take your school’s website into the future…