Ofsted Inspector Area
Guidance: What maintained schools must publish online
Published 18 September 2014; Last updated 24 May 2018
Department for Education Applies to: England:
Every local-authority-maintained school must publish specific information on its website to comply with The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 and 2016 and other relevant legislation.
School 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 (SEN) co-ordinator (SENCO) unless you’re a special school
If the school’s governing body decides your admissions, you must publish your school’s admission arrangements each year and keep them up for the whole school year.
You 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 ‘over-subscription criteria’ (how you offer places if there are more applicants than places)
You must publish either:
a copy of your school’s most recent Ofsted report
a link to the report on the Ofsted website
Exam and assessment results
Key stage 2 (end of primary school) results
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
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
how parents or other members of the public can find out more about the curriculum your school is following
You should publish details of your school’s behaviour policy.
School 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 any arrangements for handling complaints from parents of children with special educational needs (SEN) about the support the school provides.
You must publish a strategy for the school’s use of the pupil premium.
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 eligible and other pupils
Pupil premium funding is allocated for each financial year, but the information you publish online should refer to the academic year, as this is how parents understand the school system.
As you won’t know allocations for the end of the academic year (April to July), you should report on the funding up to the end of the financial year and update it when you have all the figures.
The Teaching Schools Council has published templates to support schools in presenting their pupil premium strategies. Use of the templates is voluntary.
PE and sport premium for primary schools
If your school receives PE (physical education) and sport premium funding, you must publish:
how much funding you received
a full breakdown of how you’ve spent the funding or will spend the funding
the effect of the premium on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment
how you’ll make sure these improvements are sustainable
how many pupils within their year 6 cohort can do each of the following:
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
Special educational needs (SEN) and disability information
You must publish an SEN information report on 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, which includes:
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 accessibility plan you have prepared in compliance with paragraph 3 of schedule 10 to the Equality Act 2010 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 and 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
You can find details of what you must include in schedule 1 of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014, and section 6 of the ‘Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years’.
Public bodies, including local-authority-maintained schools, are covered by the public sector equality duty in the Equality Act 2010 and the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011. This means you have to publish:
details of how your school is complying with the public sector equality duty - you should update this every year
your school’s equality objectives - you should update this at least once every 4 years
Details of these publishing obligations are set out in Equality Act 2010: advice for schools
Governors’ information and duties
You must publish up to date:
details of the structure and responsibilities of the governing body and its committees
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)
business and financial interests
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
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
Values and ethos
Your website should include a statement of your school’s ethos and values.
Requests for paper copies
If a parent requests a paper copy of the information on your school’s website, you must provide this free of charge.