School websites under the spotlight from Ofsted and Gove

Could your website trigger an inspection

Could your website trigger an inspection

The House of Commons was told this week that Ofsted is being asked by Michael Gove to look at school websites to ensure they are providing good quality information for parents and “pointing out that inspectors will use the publication of this information as a starting point when considering inspection of provision in the school”. The full text is reproduced below.

This follows a change to regulations in September 2012, which many schools have not implemented.

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Education Questions

Monday, 4 March, 2013

The Secretary of State was asked—

School Information

1. Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton) (Con): What recent steps he has taken to increase the amount of information about schools available to parents and the public. [145452]

The Secretary of State for Education (Michael Gove): School performance tables now include four times as much data as those published before May 2010. In addition, since September 2012, schools are required to publish information on their websites on the use and impact of the pupil premium, their curriculum, their admission arrangements and their policies on behaviour, charging and special educational needs.

Mr Gibb: My right hon. Friend will know that the new school information regulations came into force on 1 September last year. Among other things, they require schools to publish details of the curriculum for every subject in each year. Looking at a sample of schools’ websites, I do not yet see widespread compliance with this regulation. Given the importance of this information to parents and of parental choice in driving up standards, will he take steps to publicise the new requirement and take measures to ensure compliance?

Michael Gove: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to emphasise the importance of ensuring that parents are well informed about schools and the curriculum they offer. The Department sends out termly e-mails reminding schools of their obligations under legislation, and most recently Her Majesty’s chief inspector has written to all schools reminding them of the requirement to publish information and pointing out that inspectors will use the publication of this information as a starting point when considering inspection of provision in the school.

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