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2016/17 changes to DfE requirements for school websites

Written by Mick

Starting on September 1st 2016, The DfE (Department for Education) have made some changes to the minimum legal requirements that schools in the United Kingdom need to have on their websites. The changes include some additional information to go with the key stage end results and pupil premium as well as instructing parents of the schools complaints procedure.

key stage
results

The information you need to present from your most recent end of key stage results has changed.

Key stage 2

You must publish the following details from your school’s most recent key stage 2 results:

  • average progress scores in reading, writing and maths
  • average ‘scaled scores’ in reading and maths
  • percentage of pupils who achieved the expected standard or above in reading, writing and maths
  • percentage of pupils who achieved a high level of attainment in reading, writing and maths
  • your pupils’ average score in the reading test
  • your pupils’ average score in the maths test

Key Stage 4

You must publish the following details from your school’s most recent key stage 4 results:

  • Progress 8 score
  • Attainment 8 score
  • percentage of pupils who got a good pass in English and maths
  • percentage of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate combination of subjects (this means pupils who got a GCSE grade C or above in English, maths, 2 sciences, a language, and history or geography)
  • student ‘destinations’ (the percentage of students who continue in education or training, or move on to employment at the end of 16 to 19 study)
Key Stage 5

From March 2017, 16 to 19 academies, free schools and colleges must publish:

  • the progress students have made in English and maths
  • the progress students have made compared with students across England
  • the average grade that students in your college get at 16 to 19 study (KS5)
  • student ‘retention’ (the percentage of students who get to the end of their study programme)
  • student ‘destinations’ (the percentage of students who continue in education or training, or move on to employment at the end of 16 to 19 study)

Complaints
Procedure

DfE recommends that all schools, academies and colleges publish their complaints policy and procedures online. This will allow parents to access the information more easily and reduce their frustrations should a complaint need to be made.

Pupil Premium

Previously, schools had to provide a supporting statement with their Pupil Premium information. You do not need to do that anymore but you do need to provide details on your school’s strategy on Pupil Premium.

This Academic Year

For this 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 address those barriers and the reasons for that approach
  • how you’ll measure the impact of the pupil premium
  • the date of the next review of the school’s pupil premium strategy
 Last Academic Year

For the last academic year you must include;

  • how you spent the pupil premium allocation
  • the impact of the expenditure on eligible and other pupils

our
services

We create a report that states where you are failing to meet the current legislation, along with recommendations on how to achieve compliance. The report uses a “traffic light system” against each one of the requirements; Green = In place, Amber = Partially in place and Red = Not in place.

If you are interested in receiving one of our in-depth content audit reports for your school website then please get in touch.

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