What schools must publish online
09 Nov 2018
The Department for Education (DfE) has just updated and republished its guidance on what schools must publish online:
The guidance document informs all those involved in governance what maintained schools and academies/free schools must publish on the school’s website. It is an essential guide to this specific aspect of compliance with the statutory framework and governing boards need to ensure that they are aware their schools are meeting requirements.
The only changes, in this updated version, relate to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). All other aspects of content remain unchanged from the previous update published on 24 May 2018.
Summary of changes to SEND information published online
The level of information required on Accessibility Plans for all schools
In the previous version of the guidance, schools were required to publish the entire Accessibility Plan, but the October 2018 version makes it clear that schools need only publish information relating to how the plan:
- Increases the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school’s curriculum
- Improves the physical environment, in order to enhance disabled pupils’ access
- Enhances the provision of information to disabled pupils.
Requirement to publish information on a range of aspects of SEND provision in the school for maintained schools only
Updated guidance now limits this to where appropriate. Schools must, for example, publish information outlining, ‘How the governing board involves other boards, including health and social services bodies, local authority support services and voluntary organisations, in meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs and in supporting the families of such pupils.’ The new guidance means that this only needs including where it is appropriate in relation to the needs of pupils in the school at that time.
Additional requirement for maintained schools only
Ensure the SEND information published complies with Section 6 of the SEND code of practice (GOV.UK) -pages 106-107 within the Code of Practice detail all requirements in respect of publishing information. Governing boards should ensure that website content relating to SEND complies with this.
See summary checklist updated in the governor toolkit section (related content below).
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