The DFE have recently (12th November 2020) published additional requirements that you must publish on your school website if you are an Academy, College or Free School. Keeping track of these updates can be an erroneous task, so to make life easier for you, we have provided a quick update on what these are:
New sections added to the requirements
1. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Catch-up Premium
If your school gets the coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium grant in academic year 2020 to 2021, you should publish details of:
- how it is intended that the grant will be spent
- how the effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school will be assessed
There’s further information on the requirements by following this link on coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium
We would suggest placing this information within your Key Information Tab on your website with all of the other statutory content, so that Ofsted inspectors can easily find this information if necessary.
2. Executive Pay
You must publish how many employees have a gross annual salary and benefits of £100,000 or more. You should publish these figures in £10,000 increments.
More details are included and can be found in paragraph 2.32 of the Academies financial handbook.
1. Admission Arrangements
Academy trusts must publish the admissions arrangements for their schools on their website and keep them there for the whole of the offer year (the school year in which offers for places are made).
16 to 19 academies and colleges
If you’re a 16 to 19 Academy, FE College or sixth-form college, we recommend that you publish details of your admission arrangements.
You should publish this information a year before the beginning of the academic year to which arrangements apply, to help parents and students make an informed choice, and we recommend that the arrangements do not change during the year. You should include details of:
- any open days your college or academy is planning to host
- the process for applying for a place at your college or academy
- whether your college or academy gives priority to applications from pupils enrolled at particular schools
2. Exam and Assessment Results
Schools are not required to publish their exam and assessment results from the 2019 to 2020 academic year as these have not been published as performance measures by the Secretary of State.
You must however, continue to display your 2018 to 2019 performance measures until new performance measures are published. You should clearly mark that these performance measures are not current. There’s further information on school and FE accountability expectations for the 2019 to 2020 academic year.
Academies should publish:
- the content of the curriculum your school follows in each academic year for every subject. Included in this is mandatory subjects such as Religious Education, even if it’s taught as part of another subject or subjects or, is called something else
- New* your approach to the curriculum should also include how you are complying with your duties in the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 about making the curriculum accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs
- how parents or other members of the public can find out more about the curriculum your school is following
- how you meet the 16 to 19 study programme requirements (if you have a sixth form or offer education at 16 to 19)
Depending on what phase of education your school offers, we recommend you also publish any of the following that apply to your school:
- the names of any phonics or reading schemes you are using in Key Stage 1
- a list of the courses available to pupils at Key Stage 4, including GCSEs
- the 16 to 19 qualifications you offer
If your school receives pupil premium funding, your funding agreement will state what information you need to publish about it.
To create your Pupil Premium strategy, there are some great templates and guidance available from the DfE which you can use as a pre-defined template or guidance to complete for your school. You can find the link below.
You may wish to plan your pupil premium use over 3 years. You should aim to update the online strategy statement by the end of the autumn term each year to reflect your plans for the academic year after assessing the needs of your pupils, both new and existing.
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 pupils
We understand that evaluating the pupil premium’s impact in the 2019 to 2020 academic year will present difficulties as a result of reduced numbers of pupils having attended between March and July 2020.
Instead, schools may wish to monitor and report on the grant’s impact at the end of the current financial year, bearing in mind their duty to update this information at least annually, covering the whole period since September 2019.