Common Mistakes – Statutory School Website Information 2022

Statutory School Website

Statutory Information

The list of statutory information that schools must publish on their website is extensive and was last updated with some significant changes on 5 September 2022.  It is a significant challenge for school leaders to ensure that they keep their websites compliant.   You can download our Statutory Website Checklist here

Most Common Mistakes

We have audited a large number of websites already this academic year so what are the most common mistakes that we have found?  We have listed the sections as they appear in the DfE statutory requirements document and bullet pointed some common errors that we have found.

Contact details

  • Not having a named person who deals with queries from the public and just having “School Office” or something similar.
  • Not having contact details for your SENDCo

School uniform (new section)

  • Not clearly stating if each item is optional or compulsory.
  • Not clearly stating if an item is seasonal
  • Not clearly stating if generic items are accepted or if they have to be branded
  • Not clearly stating whether items can be bought from a range of places like supermarkets or if second hand uniform is available (via your PTA etc)

Exam and assessment results

  • Not clearly marking the 2018 – 2019 as “not current”.  This is important as primary schools still must display their 2018/19 data!  

School opening hours (new section)

  • Not displaying a total hours figure for the week 
  • Not explaining what times are optional and which are compulsory (e.g. a window for pupils to arrive in the morning perhaps)

Curriculum

  • Not explaining how parents or members of the public can find out more about the curriculum.
  • Not explaining how over time you will increase the extent to which disabled pupils participate in the school’s curriculum, as part of your school’s accessibility plan.  

Pupil premium

  • Not having information on the effect of the expenditure on pupils for the previous academic year.

Public sector equality duty

  • Not explaining how you comply with the requirements in the public sector equality duty or not updating these within the last 12 months

Governors’ information and duties

  • Not including information about how particular governors were appointed.

Financial information

  • Not having a statement about staff with a gross salary exceeding £100,000 (even if there are none).

Requests for paper copies

  • Not having a statement explaining that all material on the website is available as a paper copy and how to request this

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I completed my BEd Primary degree specialising in ICT at the University of Plymouth. I have now worked in education for last 20 years in a range of roles teaching across the primary spectrum, including History Lead, Maths Lead, Computing Lead, Assessment Lead, EPICT Ambassador, CEOP Ambassador, LA Writing Moderator, Mathematics Mastery School Development Lead, Deputy Head Teacher and my most recent being Head Teacher.

After leading a school through the COVID pandemic, I thought it was time for a little break so left in 2021 to start Education Safeguarding and Pupil Magazines, which are now my full time pursuits.

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