Best Practice

School websites: Common errors and top tips

Your website is a vital window into your school – for both parents and school inspectors – and there a number of requirements for what it must contain. Craig McKee discusses some common website mistakes

Since 2014, the Department for Education has specified information that schools maintained by their local authorities must publish on their websites (DfE, 2014).

There is similar guidance for academies (DfE, 2016) and although this is non-statutory, these schools will probably find that there is a requirement in their funding agreement to publish the same information as a maintained school.

As a former primary headteacher who had responsibility for our website, I completely understand how much work goes into maintaining a school website, keeping all your policies, curriculum, staff details, and statutory information up-to-date, especially as most of these things are constantly evolving.

Couple this with the fact that your school website does not necessarily have a tangible impact on teaching and learning and you can suddenly find this slipping further down your priority list. Sadly, though, we cannot escape a few facts:

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