As of this month, new Ofsted guidelines on school websites have gone into force, but it’s a bit confusing what these actually are. We’ve written this blog post to help demystify the changes a bit, and it should be helpful whether or not you’re a School Jotter user.
The main focus of the new requirements is governor disclosure. Basically, you now have to put information on who your governors are, what they do etc onto your website on a publicly accessible page – previously, this was recommended but not compulsory information. So here’s what you’ll need:
- Name: You’ll need to have the names of your governors – photos can also help, but aren’t compulsory
- Category: What type of governor are they?
- Which body appoints them: Who appointed them to their position as governor
- Their term of office: When will they be serving until? Is it a time-limited or a more permanent position?
- Committees: The names of any gubernatorial committees they serve on
- Their positions of responsibility: For example, if they’re the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary etc – what position do they hold?
- Voting rights: What things can they vote on and how this will influence the school?
Additionally, in order to make sure that any potential conflicts of interest are laid bare, the following information needs to be disclosed to the public:
- Any relevant business interests: Who they work for – are they part of a company who might benefit from school contracts?
- Details of positions at other schools: Do they govern any other schools? If not, this doesn’t need to be filled in.
- Any relationships at the school: If a governor has a relationship to another governor or member of staff at the school, you’ll need to put it down here. This includes spouses, partners and relatives.
Of course, these are just the new requirements – there’s still plenty of existing ones! Take a look at our Ofsted checklist for more information – you can print it out and tick off the areas you’re compliant in to give you a better idea of how you’re doing. Alternatively, perhaps you’d be interested in a free healthcheck by one of our website consultants – you don’t need to be with School Jotter, we’re here to help you!
This week, another School Jotter user nominated their school website for School Jotter of the Week.
Mrs Aldridge, ICT Manager at Boothferry Primary School, put forward this example of a heavily used School Jotter system – and we’re very impressed by the content they’ve uploaded.
“We work very hard at our school to keep our website bang up to date, and as informative as possible for parents, pupils, staff, governors, visitors and Ofsted,” says Mrs Aldridge. The school have clearly done their homework when it comes to Ofsted’s requirements for school websites – there’s even a section called ‘Ofsted’!
We particularly like the Useful Websites section – a page of links to other websites is not something you see so much these days, but this is a great way of helping parents out, so that they can keep up-to-date with information regarding DfE, as well as the East Yorkshire region (the school is based near Goole).
You can see the Boothferry Primary School website here. If you would like help and guidance with meeting Ofsted’s requirements for school websites, get in touch here.
Webanywhere’s recent string of Nurturing Online Learning events have been a huge success – and we’re now planning more for March and April.
During February, to coincide with Safer Internet Day, we’ve visited Manchester, Swindon, Halifax and London – with two more events, in Carlisle and Birmingham, scheduled for this coming Monday. Each event, joint-hosted by Webanywhere and a local primary school, covered e-safety and cyberbullying, and Ofsted requirements for school websites. Both sessions of each event were delivered by CEOP Ambassador Tracey Gentle.
During each session, cyberbullying was covered in detail: What it is, how teachers can spot it, and how your school can prevent it in the future. Then, Tracey helped teachers make sense of Ofsted’s ever-changing list of requirements for school websites, discussing each area in plain English and giving suggestions as to how, aside from pleasing the inspectors, a school website can benefit from meeting the requirements.
At each event, a local school presented their website and explained how they used it to its full potential – engaging parents, pupils and other teachers.
If you missed our recent events, we’re now scheduling follow-up sessions for late March and April. Most will cover e-safety and Pupil Premium, and will take place in Oxford, Liverpool, Norwich, Chelmsford, Blackpool and a follow-up event in Birmingham.
To keep up to date with our latest event news, and to find out when the dates of the new sessions are, keep an eye on our events page (www.webanywhere.co.uk/events) and our Twitter handle (@webanywhere_ltd).