What do maintained schools need to publish on their websites?
You might be interested in what information schools must publish on their websites. In this article, we refer to information outlined from GOV.UK on what maintained schools must publish online.
We’ve published another article which outlines what academies and colleges should publish online.
Every local-authority-maintained school must publish specific information on its website to comply with the School Information (England) Regulations (2008), as amended by The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 and 2016 and other relevant legislation including the Equality Act 2010: advice for schools and the Children and Families Act 2014.
Below, we set out in each section the requirements expected of your school website.
School website requirements: contact details
Your school’s website must include the following:
- Your school’s name
- Your school’s postal address
- Your school’s telephone number
- The name of the member of staff who deals with queries from parents and other members of the public
- The name and contact details of your special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO), unless you’re a special school
Community schools and voluntary-controlled schools
If the local authority manages your admissions process, refer parents to the local authority to find out about your school’s admission and appeal arrangements.
Foundation schools and voluntary-aided schools
If the school’s governing body determines your admission arrangements, your school must publish them on your website each year and keep them on your website for the whole school year.
Your school must explain:
- How you’ll consider applications for each relevant age group at your school
- What parents should do if they want to apply for their child to attend your school
- Your arrangements for selecting the pupils who apply (if you are a selective school)
- Your ‘oversubscription criteria’ (how you offer places if there are more applicants than places)
You must also publish a timetable for organising and hearing admission appeals for your school by the 28 February each year.
- Include a deadline for lodging appeals which allows those making an appeal at least 20 school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful to prepare and lodge their written appeal
- Include reasonable deadlines for those making an appeal to submit additional evidence, for admission authorities to submit their evidence and for the clerk to send appeal papers to the panel and parties
- Ensure that those making an appeal receive at least 10 school days’ notice of their appeal hearing
- Ensure that decision letters are sent within 5 school days of the hearing wherever possible
Your school must publish either a copy of your school’s most recent Ofsted report or a link to the report on the Ofsted website.
Exam and assessment results
Schools are not required to publish their exam and assessment results from the 2019 to 2020 academic year as these have not been published as performance measures by the Secretary of State. Your school must, however, continue to display your 2018 to 2019 performance measures until new performance measures are published. You should clearly mark that these performance measures are not current. There’s further information on school and FE accountability expectations for the 2019 to 2020 academic year.
Key stage 2 (end of primary school) results
You must publish the following details from your school’s most recent KS2 performance measures as published by the Secretary of State (for most schools, the performance measures published for the 2018 to 2019 academic year):
- Progress scores in reading, writing and maths
- Percentage of pupils who achieved at least the expected standard in reading, writing and maths
- Percentage of pupils who achieved at a higher standard in reading, writing and maths
- Average ‘scaled scores’ in reading and maths
Key stage 4 (end of secondary school) results
You must publish the following details from your school’s most recent KS4 performance measures as published by the Secretary of State (for most schools, the performance measures published for the 2018 to 2019 academic year):
- Progress 8 score
- attainment in English and maths – percentage of pupils achieving a grade 5 or above in GCSE English and maths
- Attainment 8 score
- English Baccalaureate (EBacc) average point score (APS) – in 2018, the EBacc attainment measure changed to an average point score, showing pupils’ point scores across the 5 pillars of the EBacc
The Department suggests that schools also publish the percentage of pupils that enter the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) staying in education or going into employment after KS4 (pupil destinations).
Key stage 5 (16 to 18) information
If your school operates a sixth form, you must publish the following details from your school’s 16 to 18 performance tables page most recent key stage 5 (16 to 18) performance measures 16 to 18 accountability headline measures guidance as published by the Secretary of State (for most schools, the performance measures published for the 2018 to 2019 academic year):
- English and mathematics progress
You must include a link to the school and college performance tables and your school’s performance tables page.
You must publish:
- The content of your school curriculum in each academic year for every subject, including Religious Education even if it is taught as part of another subject or subjects, or is called something else
- The names of any phonics or reading schemes you’re using in key stage 1
- A list of the courses available to pupils at key stage 4, including GCSEs
- How parents or other members of the public can find out more about the curriculum your school is following
Your approach to the curriculum should also include how you are complying with your duties in the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 about making the curriculum accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs.
You must publish details of your school’s behaviour policy.
The policy must comply with Section 89 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.
You may wish to plan your pupil premium use over 3 years. You should aim to update the online strategy statement by the end of the autumn term each year to reflect your plans for the academic year after assessing the needs of your pupils, both new and existing.
For the current academic year, you must include:
- Your school’s pupil premium grant allocation amount
- A summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school
- How you’ll spend the pupil premium to overcome those barriers and the reasons for that approach
- How you’ll measure the effect of the pupil premium
- The date of the next review of the school’s pupil premium strategy
For the previous academic year, you must include:
- How you spent the pupil premium allocation
- The effect of the expenditure on pupils
The DfE explains it understands that evaluating the pupil premium’s impact in the 2019 to 2020 academic year will present difficulties as a result of reduced numbers of pupils having attended between March and July 2020.
Instead, schools may wish to monitor and report on the grant’s impact at the end of the current financial year, bearing in mind their duty to update this information at least annually, covering the whole period since September 2019.
Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium
If your school has received year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium funding for the 2019 to 2020 academic year, you must publish:
- Details of how you spent your allocation for that year
- How your use of that allocation made a difference to the attainment of the pupils who benefit from the funding
As final payments of the Year 7 catch-up premium were made in relation to the 2019 to 2020 academic year, the 2020 to 2021 academic year will be the last year on which schools must report how this funding was used.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium
If your school gets the coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium grant in academic year 2020 to 2021, you should publish details of:
- How it is intended that the grant will be spent
- How the effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school will be assessed
Read further information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium.
PE and sport premium for primary schools
If your school receives PE (physical education) and sport premium funding, you must publish:
- The amount of premium received
- A full breakdown of how it has been spent
- The impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE, physical activity, and sport participation and attainment
- How the improvements will be sustainable in the future
You are also required to publish the percentage of pupils within your year 6 cohort who met the national curriculum requirement to:
- Swim competently, confidently, and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- Use a range of strokes effectively
- Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
As public bodies, local-authority-maintained schools must comply with the public sector equality duty in the Equality Act 2010 and the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017. This means you must publish:
- Details of how your school complies with the public sector equality duty – you must update this every year
- Your school’s equality objectives – you must update this at least once every 4 years
The Equality Act 2010 and Advice for Schools provides information as to how your school can demonstrate compliance, for example, including details of how your school is:
- Eliminating discrimination (see the Equality Act 2010)
- Advancing equality of opportunity – between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
- Consulting and involving those affected by inequality, in the decisions your school or college takes to promote equality and eliminate discrimination (affected people could include parents, pupils, staff and members of the local community)
Special educational needs and disability (SEND) information
You must publish an Information Report on your website about the implementation of your school’s policy for pupils with SEN and should update it annually.
You should update any changes occurring during the year as soon as possible. The report must comply with section 69 of the Children and Families Act 2014, meaning that it must contain:
- The ‘SEN Information’ specified in schedule 1 to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014. (Statutory guidance on this is contained in section 6.79 to 6.82 of the Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years)
- Information as to:
- the arrangements for the admission of disabled pupils
- the steps you have taken to prevent disabled pupils from being treated less favourably than other pupils
- the facilities you provide to help disabled pupils to access the school
- the plan prepared under paragraph 3 of schedule 10 to the Equality Act 2010 (accessibility plan) for:
- increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school’s curriculum
- improving the physical environment of the school for the purpose of increasing the extent to which disabled pupils are able to take advantage of education and benefits, facilities or services provided or offered by the school
- improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information which is readily accessible to pupils who are not disabled
Careers programme information
You must publish information about the school’s careers programme. This information must relate to the delivery of careers guidance to year 8 to 13 pupils in accordance with section 42A of the Education Act 1997. For the current academic year, you must include:
- The name, email address and telephone number of the school’s careers leader
- A summary of the careers programme, including details of how pupils, parents, teachers and employers may access information about the careers programme
- How the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on pupils
- The date of the school’s next review of the information published
Read the statutory guidance for schools on careers guidance and access for education and training providers for more information. The statutory guidance also contains further information about a policy statement that you must publish to comply with section 42B of the Education Act 1997, commonly known as the ‘Baker Clause’. The policy statement must set out the circumstances in which providers of technical education and apprenticeships will be given access to year 8 to 13 pupils.
You must publish details of your school’s complaints procedure, which must comply with section 29 of the Education Act 2002.
Read guidance on developing your school’s complaints procedure.
You must also publish (as part of your SEND information report) any arrangements for handling complaints from parents of children with SEND about the support the school provides.
Governors’ information and duties
You must publish information on the governing body in line with the constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools statutory guidance. This should include:
- Details of the structure and responsibilities of the governing body and its committees
- The full names of the Chair of the governing body and Chair of each committee information about each governor, including their:
- full name, date of appointment, term of office, date they stepped down (where applicable) and who appointed them (in accordance with the governing body’s instrument of government)
- relevant business and financial interests including:
- governance roles in other educational institutions
- any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives)
- attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over the last academic year
You should also publish the same information for associate members making it clear whether they have voting rights on any of the committees to which they have been appointed.
You must publish:
- How many school employees (if any) have a gross annual salary of £100,000 or more in increments of £10,000 – we recommend using a table to display this
- A link to the webpage which is dedicated to your school on the schools financial benchmarking service – follow the prompts to find your school’s specific page
Charging and remissions policies
You must publish your school’s charging and ‘remissions’ policies (this means when you cancel fees). The policies must include details of:
- The activities or cases where your school will charge pupils’ parents
- The circumstances where your school will make an exception on a payment you would normally expect to receive under your charging policy
Read about school charging and remission.
Values and ethos
Your website should include a statement of your school’s ethos and values.
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