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5 Top Tips To Ensure Your School Website is Fully Ofsted Compliant

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Ofsted inspectors not only look at how your school and facilities run generally, they will check a key area like your website to ensure it is fit for purpose. As all heads know, communication is an important factor in the running of any school. Keeping parents informed is vital and the school website is a primary method of delivering on this.
It pays, therefore, to make sure that your website remains up to date and delivers on those expectations. All too often, this can be the last thing that schools focus on even though it can impact on the results of the Ofsted report.
Here’s are five tips for ensuring you remain current and fully Ofsted compliant at all times:
1. Keep Policies Up to Date
Most schools have policies and procedures on their website which parents and other interested parties can easily access if they need to. It’s simple to upload documentation and takes just a few seconds. This kind of information can get out of date quickly, however, and needs to up dated regularly. In fact, this is one of the most common mistakes that schools make.
It’s a good idea to check through all documentation and policies that are available online and ensure they are current and fit for purpose.
2. Check Links
On any website, links can stop working for a variety of reasons. Either the target no longer exists or the address has been changed. This is the case for internal links as well as external ones. Most sites have quite a lot of links and it’s vital to check through them every so often to make sure they all work. That includes links to non-web page documents such as PDFs that are on your site.
3. Are Your Policies Fit for Purpose?
Ofsted doesn’t just look at how your website is performing but the kind of information that you provide. For example:
• Does your Pupil Premium Policy state measurable quantities and include an impact statement for your spending?
• Are clearly listing children’s barriers to learning?
• Is your Safeguarding Policy relevant to your children, school and area?
• Are you informing parents and Ofsted about all training for staff and governors?
Ensuring these policies and informational pages are clearly available and current is as important as anything else on your website.
4. Easy Navigation
Unfortunately, over time as you add different pages and other content, your website can become difficult to navigate. It’s all very well having up to date information but, if parents can’t find it, there’s a problem. Tidying up or refurbishing your website every so often ensures that it remains fit for purpose from an Ofsted point of view.
5. Have an Ofsted Check
It can be hard to find the time to sit down and take a good, hard look at your school website, especially if you don’t have that much technical experience. Parentapps also offer a website package to include an annual Ofsted features and content check makes sense and removes all the hassle of doing it yourself.

Contact our friendly team today to find out more and see how we can help.

School Website Creation for Effective Communication

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Most school heads will say that after great teaching, effective communication is one of the key areas they are always looking to improve. It’s not only important to impress official bodies like Ofsted but is critical for creating better engagement with stakeholders such as parents.

How you get your message out there and make your school stand out from the crowd has never been more important.

One area where this can be achieved, of course, is with a really good website. Online is usually the first place people check when they want to find out something about you. Parents, of course, will use it to access important information. But there are a lot more options you can include and plenty that a carefully crafted school website can do for engagement and your local standing.

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School Communication in 2018

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2018 is upon us and many schools are looking to review their processes over the next twelve months. That could, of course, including how they communicate not only with teachers and pupils but also with parents. This is a big part of current Ofsted judgements such as Leadership and Management which are used to assess schools on a regular basis.

Here are just some ways that many organisations will be looking to improve their communication in 2018: Continue reading “School Communication in 2018”

School Communication With Parents

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Good communication between a school and parents is obviously vitally important. It’s one of the key ways that we can ensure each child makes the best progress possible and gets the support they really need. While it’s also important for your Ofsted rating, communication is not just a box ticking exercise as many heads are keen to explain. There needs to be clear plan in place and a goal for creating better engagement.

Evidence shows that academic performance improves when schools pay special attention to their communication strategy with parents. It raises expectations and keeps mums, dads and carers in the loop which is why it’s something that all schools try to encourage as much as possible. This communication goes well beyond the traditional parent-teacher meeting or the odd quick conversation when someone comes to pick up their child. It’s about informing and engaging. Continue reading “School Communication With Parents”

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