School Statutory Website Requirements 2024 – What’s Changed?

It has been expected for a while, but the DfE have finally updated their statutory website requirements for schools and academies.  We have summarised the main changes below.  

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Admissions Arrangements

The changes in this section seem to be relatively minor, we’re pretty sure most schools will be doing this already but these are points that have been added:  

  • If you are a foundation or voluntary-aided school, you must now include the PAN in your policy. 
  • Your policy must also include information about how a parent can defer entry or for requesting admission outside the normal age group. 
 
They have added an in-year admissions section where you need to provide an application form (and supplementary information, if necessary), if these are managed by your governing body or a link to the local authority scheme if they are managed by your LA. 

Complaints Policy

They have added an explicit point that require schools to “publish the details of any arrangements for handling complaints from parents and carers about the support they provide for children with special educational needs and disability (SEND). They must do this as part of their SEN information report.”  Again, something we’re pretty sure you are doing already.

Curriculum

There are a couple of important additions here:

  1. You must publish information to make parents and carers aware they have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of RE
  2. Alongside the content of your music curriculum, all schools are expected to publish information about your music development plan. A template is available to support with this.

Governance Information

This seems to be a change of wording more than anything else.  They now refer you to the constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools which just lists the previous requirements.  One important addition though, seems to be around associate governors so ensuring these are included as part of your governance information. 

Gender Pay Gap Reporting

Although the DfE acknowledge that most schools won’t meet the criteria to need to publish this information, they say schools should give serious consideration to do so.  So, this looks like they expect to see information about your gender pay gap.  This may also include:

  • a supporting narrative to explain your gender pay gap
  • an action plan that sets out how you plan to address it

Remote Education

Surprisingly, the requirement to publish details of your remote education provision is still here.  The DfE have removed the criterion about their template though so it looks like you can present this information as you see fit. 

School Opening Hours

This has been reworded to remove opening time and explicitly state “official start of the compulsory day”.  Before schools used to have to say what time they opened, e.g. 8:40, but then also what time registration actually closed, e.g. the start of the compulsory day which seemed to cause some confusion so this is definitely clearer. 

School Uniform

This is a bit of a strange update since the previous requirements continually said, “make clear” or “clearly” so it looked as though the initial purpose was to make this really clear to parents and easy to understand.  

Essentially though, the nuts and bolts haven’t changed, it’s been reworded and, one point split, but the content is still the same. 

Test, exam and assessment results

This has reverted back to the previous information so for Key stage 2 this means explicitly including:

 

  • Progress scores in reading, writing and maths
  • The percentage of pupils who achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths (combined)
  • The percentage of pupils who achieved a higher standard in reading, writing and maths (combined)
  • Average scaled scores in reading and maths

 

The requirements for other key stages haven’t changed.

Academy versus Maintained?

Academy requirements have been updated in line with maintained schools, so generally as described above.  

One strange omission though, is that academies no longer need to have the name and contact details of their SENCo…(we would still include it on your Contact Us page).  

Academies also have the explicit requirement to to publish their policy on Relationship education, this was something that was required by all schools previously so we think this is omission in the maintained school section rather than an extra burden on academies! 

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These are the templates that we complete as we audit school websites, so you can RAG rate and add notes as appropriate.  We hope you find them useful! 

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