Ensuring Your Website is Ofsted Compliant.

What Maintained Schools Must Publish Online.

We're all aware that Ofsted inspectors spend time during an inspection reviewing content on your website. With little notice of an impending visit, keeping your site up to date is important.

Since 2015 Ofsted have insisted on statutory website requirements which depend on whether you are a maintained school or an academy/free school. It pays to make sure your website is up to date and delivers on expectations. There’s also a lot of information that needs to be provided on your website to satisfy OFSTED’s current guidelines.

• are your admission arrangements properly explained?
• have you got all your school contact details on the site and are they easy to access?
• have you got a link to your most recent OFSTED report?
• do you have a space for exam results and provide information about your curriculum?
• what about your school behaviour policy and how can someone make a complaint?


The information that schools maintained by their local authorities must publish on their websites.

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
• the name and contact details of your  (SENCO)

Admission arrangements

You must explain:

• how you’ll consider applications
• what parents should do if they want to apply
• your arrangements for selecting the pupils
• your ‘over-subscription criteria’
• a timetable for organising and hearing admission appeals

Ofsted reports

You 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 2019 to 2020 academic year as these have not been published as performance measures by the Secretary of State. You 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.

Performance tables

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
• the names of any phonics or reading schemes you’re using
• a list of the courses available to pupils at key stage 4, including GCSEs
• more about the curriculum your school is following

Remote education

You must publish information about your school’s remote education provision on your website. An optional template is available to support schools with this requirement.

Behaviour policy

You must publish details of your school’s behaviour policy. The policy must comply with Section 89 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.

Pupil premium

You must publish a strategy for the school’s use of the pupil premium. DfE has published templates to help schools present their pupil premium strategy statements.

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

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

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
• how the improvements will be sustainable in the future

Equality objectives

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
• your school’s equality objectives

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.

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.

Complaints procedure

You must publish details of your school’s complaints procedure, which must comply with section 29 of the Education Act 2002. 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.

Financial information

You must publish:

• how many school employees have a gross annual salary of £100,000
• a link to the webpage which is dedicated to your school on the schools financial benchmarking service

Charging and remissions policies

You must publish your school’s charging and ‘remissions’ policies (this means when you cancel fees).

Values and ethos

Your website should include a statement of your school’s ethos and values.

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