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Schools often ask us if there is a prescribed set of information which has to be provided in order to be compliant with government legislation. This legislation was established in September 2012 and continues to evolve as regulatory demands change. Occasionally, local authorities will make recommendations for additional content to be shown on your school website. This is further compounded by the demands of schools within a diocesan setting. Please refer to your local setting for this guidance.

To help you, we have provided a bullet point list of the key requirements as of January 2018 As more changes arise and are brought to our attention we will update this page accordingly. Note, for technical accuracy, some of the content below is taken directly from the GOV.UK website for which we provide a link at the bottom of this page. We also outline how we help to show this information on your website.

Introduction (please read!)

We have spoken to a small number of lead OFSTED inspectors about our approach to the delivery of key and statutory information within the website. Note that Ofsted itself does not stipulate what you must publish on your website; they simply check that your school complies with the statutory expectations and that the data provided on the site is appropriate to provide a clear reflection of the school.

The feedback we have gained leads us to recommend that, where possible, all information related to the regulatory matters are shown within one page. In order to help the school and the website visitor to fully deliver all of the information, we usually provide the bullet points from the government requirements, with supportive text, in the main body of the page, a little like you will see below. We then use sidebar content to provide the evidence to substantiate the bullet points. For example, where reference is made to OFSTED, within the sidebar we provide web links to OFSTED Parent View and also the OFSTED reports website. Likewise, where reference is made to policies or school statements and reports, we provide downloadable documents in the sidebar of the page.

The only exception to this, and this is only because of the sheer amount of detail involved, is that information related to the governing body is offered on a separate page. Our conversations with the lead inspectors tell is that this is a good approach and not only shows that the school is well organised but also assists the governing body and inspectors together to provide the most up-to-date and focused information about the School.

Hardcopy delivery

  • It is a wise idea to include a statement at the top of the page to advise visitors that any information described on the page can be available as hardcopy upon request from the school.

School contact details

  • you must provide the name of your school, its postal address and the school's telephone number, together with the name of the member of staff who deals with queries from parents and other members of the community.

Tapiochre provide this information directly on the page, showing the name, address and telephone contact details of the headteacher at the school and, if requested primary contacts for SENCo, the bursar and other appropriate members of staff.

Admission arrangements

  • The school should publish their admission arrangements which explain how applications are considered for each age group across the school. If for example you have arrangements for selecting pupils, then this must be described. If you have criteria for managing oversubscription, then this must also be described. There is also a requirement to explain the process which parents should follow if they wish to apply for their child to attend your school.
  • Alternatively, if you follow a local authority process, you should publish details in the form of textual description or a web link which will direct parents to the appropriate page about the local authority's process.

The majority of schools use their local authority for the purposes of admissions management. When this is the case, Tapiochre provide a web link to the local authority admissions website within the sidebar of the page. Where schools need to provide their own admissions arrangements, either separate from the local authority or, as a supplement to the local authority's guidelines, then we also provide downloadable documents which support the admissions policy and process. These are also visible in the sidebar of the page.


  • If you wish to publish a copy of your school's most recent OFSTED report then you should do so on your website
  • Alternatively you should provide a working web link which will direct visitors straight to the OFSTED website where your reports are presented
  • Although it is not stated as a mandatory requirement, it is seen as helpful information to provide web links to the OFSTED Parent View and OFSTED Data Dashboard websites for your school

Tapiochre provide web links to all of the key OFSTED sites, displayed clearly on the sidebar of the page.

Performance data

  • A primary school should provide the following information
    • Information showing the percentage of pupils who achieved certain levels in reading, writing and mathematics.
    • You must also present details concerning the percentage of pupils showing an improvement by two or more levels in the same subjects between key stage one and key stage two.
    • Also show data relating to the percentage of pupils who achieved level 5 or above in reading, writing and mathematics
  • A secondary school (Key Stage 4) should provide the following information
    • percentage of pupils who achieved a C or above in GCSEs (or equivalent) in 5 or more subjects, including English and maths
    • percentage of pupils who achieved the English Baccalaureate
    • percentage of pupils who have achieved at least the minimum expected levels of progress in English and maths between KS2 and KS4

Performance Tables

  • All schools need to provide a link to the DfE school website, specifically to their own school page.

Each school chooses its own means how to display the most recent performance data relating to testing and assessment within schools. Tapiochre support this by including any textual information which the school offers so that it is displayed on the page under this heading. In addition, downloadable files which may contain significant detail about performance, in addition are website link to the Department of Education Performance Tables is usually also provided in the sidebar.

The Curriculum

  • You must publish the following information about your school’s curriculum:
    • The content of the curriculum which your school follows in each academic year, for every subject
    • With a relationship to pupils at key stage 4, a list of the courses available, including GCSEs, should be shown
    • Information should be shown how parents or other members of the public can find out more about the curriculum which your school is following. Some schools use blogs to show what the year has been studying as a good evidence base, with downloadable files relating to each term’s curriculum as an example.
    • The names of any phonics or reading schemes in use in KS1

An appropriate method for displaying this information is to use downloadable documents in the sidebar of this page. For example, if schools use curriculum map files, with one file being used for each year group, then these maps can be shown as downloadable documents in the sidebar of this page. This is becoming a common approach and allows visitors to understand clearly a holistic approach to support for the curriculum.

Information which is related to reading and phonic schemes within key stage one is often found within the body of the page as clear text.

Policies and Documentation

  • Although you may wish to do so in a different format, our experience is that provision of downloadable documents for the key policies and other reports is satisfactory for the purposes of the regulatory requirement and OFSTED. As such, the following are the policies and other documents which are required to be shown within your website:

Behaviour policy

  • Some schools may call this the Discipline policy and they also include the Anti-bullying policy in this category.

Charging and Remissions policy

  • Provide a copy of this policy

Equality Policy

  • Provide a copy of this policy

Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) information

  • This includes your school policy addressing SEND which may include the SEND Local Offer or this Local Offer information may be provided by a separate document. Some schools follow the Local Offer devised by their local authority. If this is the case then a web link to the local authority webpage for the Local offer should be provided.

PE and Sport Premium for Primary Schools

  • If your school receives PE and Sport Premium Funding, then you must publish details of how your school spends this funding and the effect that it has on pupils as far as PE and sport participation and attainment is involved. Essentially, this document will describe the amount of funding you allocated in a school year and will show how it was spent and the impact it had in terms of improvement for the children for whom they funding is allocated.

Pupil Premium & Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catchup Funding

  • Schools must publish details of how the school spends its pupil premium funding and the impact which it has had on the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding.
  • If your school receives year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium funding, you must publish details of how your school spends this funding and the effect this has had on the attainment of the pupils who attract it.

Childcare information

  • If your school runs childcare provision, for example a Nursery, a Holiday Club, a before or after school provision, then information should be provided to describe what the provision is, how it is run and managed.

Any policies, reports, statements and other associated documentation, often extending beyond the boundaries set by these top level regulator requirements, are generally frown on the sidebar of the page. Examples of documentation which is found here include; Safeguarding policy, British Values statements, Inclusion information, Radicalisation policy and other key documents which the school feels is relevant and necessary to provide.


  • Schools must provide information about the Governing Body. For each member of the governing body, the following information should be provided:
    • Governor’s name
    • The category of Governor to which they belong
    • Which body appointed the Governor
    • The term of office of the Governor
    • The committee(s) upon which the Governor serves
    • Details of any position of responsibility which the Governor holds, for example Chair, Vice Chair, Chair of committee and so on.
    • This same information is required for any associate member of the Governing Body and should also show their voting rights.
    • A detail register of Governors’ interests.These can extend from financial interests in the school out to relationships that the governor has with members of the school itself or other schools.
    • A register of attendance must be provided showing the meetings which are being held and the attendance percentage (or other information) for each governor related to each appropriate meeting.

The detail and extent of information required in this section has increased significantly since it was initially mandated. In addition, it has become necessary to show the information in plain text on the page rather than as a downloadable series of information files about the governing body, its functions and associated data. This has resulted in Tapiochre taking the approach to dedicate a page to the governing body. The information needed is tabulated so that all aspects of the governing body is provided to clearly in one place. A link to the governing body page is provided within this section to allow the visitor to quickly reach that information.

Values and Ethos

  • Your school should provide statement which describes the ethos of your school and values to which it adheres.

Tapiochre normally extract the statements required from the school prospectus and include them in the body of the page here in plain text.


These are the top level regulatory requirements. Schools should note that simply having this information available on the website does not release them from their duty to provide hardcopies the same information, at no charge, to parents who so request it.

For the most recent information on the GOV.UK website, please follow this link.

Friday, 19 June 2015 10:14

Parrot needs your help!

While we were developing our new website design, one consideration struck us. It was to do with how we wanted to be represented when people visited the website; how could we create something on the homepage which we could echo through the rest of the website which would be memorable and a little bit quirky.

We could of course have simply used a colour scheme which is transported across all pages but that is rather dull and doesn't reflect who we are as people and also, whenever it did a colour stick in your mind?

So we started toying with the idea, just as we did when we created our company name, something different. As a business, developing websites, our target customers are diverse, ranging from small businesses to charities and from infant schools to large secondary educational organisations. So no one style of photograph would fit and therefore we had to eliminate stock photography from our minds. We had to come up with something which would be so totally different that it would make people sit back for a second and maybe smirked themselves and think “Now then… what's going on here…”, and that is where our parrot came in. He or she has been in our image library sometime, rattling around in a cage quietly waiting to be let loose upon an unsuspecting web visitor. The appearance of this cheerful little character suited our purposes perfectly; like us, parrot is always cheerful, parrot has many different faces - all positive and creative, parrot doesn't reflect any one specific area or business and so can lend him or herself to any job and he is friendly and appealing. Parrott does a good job at echoing what others say to him just as we do when we built the website for you, echoing your thoughts and words and translating them into technical design. Parrott is eager to please and will fly away and leave you, no matter how harshly treat him or her.

Enough of the analogies! Parrot is here to stay but really needs a name! We have set up a simple competition on our Facebook page to see whether or not our friends and followers fancy coming up with a tag that we can associate with parrot… why not give it a try?

Over the coming months parrot might have more to say about his role in the business, flying around as he does from time to time - I wonder what his first post will look like?

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 11:08

What's a decent school blog page like?

I am often asked this question when primary schools start blogging. Essentially, the question stems from a fear of the unknown but experience has shown that teachers make excellent bloggers and there is a good reason for this. Teachers know what is happening in their classrooms, better than anyone else.

If only we were to sit down with a teacher and ask them to describe what's been happening in their class today, this week, this term, we all know that they could fill a book with the marvellous activities and experiences that the children have engaged with. This book would be complemented by a scattering of photographs, and if we're lucky, some video as well.

So if you were able to capture the essence of that conversation in text, then that's what the blog would be. It would be a story; it would articulate some of the fabulous, funny and entertaining ways that the children have absorbed the curriculum over the past few days or weeks. Evidence of this would be provided by one or two photographs or maybe a gallery of images. When you look at it this way, it's relatively easy.

Sunday, 14 September 2014 11:07

Shellshock bug and your Website

25th September 2014

This past week has seen much important news concerning a bug termed "Shellshock" that affects a massive number of web sites around the world, including those that we provide for schools and businesses. Spme security experts have warned that it is significantly worse than Heartbleed, a different web vulnerability which caused huge panic this year because Shellshock theoretically allows attackers to take over websites remotely.

Monday, 06 January 2014 10:06

Social Networks - thoughts for Schools

If I had a pound for every head teacher who said they were worried about using the leading social media platforms "Twitter" and "Facebook" I think I would have £45.00, or perhaps more. The main fears are that, let's call them, 'certain users' will take advantage of the ability to publically post comments as a way to complain or, even worse, be abusive or threatening toward the school or its staff. From experience, such behaviour is rare but when it does happen the implications for the school can be significant, calling up all manner of policies like complaints, greivances, acceptable use,  safeguarding and more.

Saturday, 15 November 2014 10:05

The fastest Google result ever?

Something rather amazing happened today. As a website development business we talk about Google and the importance of good content, reciprocal web links and other strong SEO aspects, all in the hope that if they are all done well will result in good rankings in a short timescale.

One approach that everyone has known about since the Ark has been that it can be of great benefit if the site domain name is, or includes the customer business name, forming part of a business' SEO  model. In this way, the domain itself is a keyword phrase, if you know what I mean.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 10:04

Ditch paper-based newsletters? Surely not?

Since the emergence of wordprocessing and desktop publishing, schools have sent out newsletters in Microsoft Word or Publisher to parents in hardcopy or electronically. And the timing of those newsletters differs from weekly to once per term, so we often get quite a varied response when we ask how these schools deal with the newsletter problem.

On the other side of the technology circle, it’s really interesting to meet schools who are looking at (or are already) doing away with the old concept of print and email for newsletters, preferring to ditch that old model for one that encompasses blogging. Blogs are great for schools in so many ways; they allow the author to express themselves just as they might in a newsletter, but more importantly the blog allows readers to respond with comments. These are, clearly, an area that schools have to manage – no one likes to have unsavoury comments visible on their blog page – and as such levels of moderation need to be integrated into the policy of blog management. So, is there a halfway house?

Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:03

Forward thinking Marketing

With over 20 years in industry we have learned how to embed successful. 'big business ideas' into everything we do, no matter how large your own business or educational setting may be.

We work with you to help you think ahead about how your school or business needs to change; it is a great way for us to model how marketing might help. To do that we actively listen to the problems that you have experienced, we talk with you about what you actually want to be and we discuss ways to apply logical answers to directly respond to your issues.  Many of our answers will relate to better ue of technology and organisations like yours like to know that there are a wealth of applications and tools that they can access which will help solve some of the communications problems that might exist. Ok, we don't do phones and mobiles, but we do do web technology rather well.

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Translating Problems into Benefits for Schools and Businesses - 'IT works'.

Our job is to translate your 'business problems' into a number of 'business benefits' to help you to evolve in how you communicate with customers, suppliers and your own staff.

Schools and small businesses in particular often lack the marketing background needed to promote themselves and so Tapiochre have been on hand with ideas and experience to make things happen, quickly, effectively and on budget. Although the principles apply equally to high street businesses, our real passion in education, teaching and  learning, combined with our wish to share our expertise is where so many have benefited to date.

We have real experience of how a school runs (the boss was a Chair of Governors of a Primary School) and we appreciate the fact that schools have precious time to allocate to 'marketing' and often have very little in terms of funds. To respond to that we work with you to provide quick and easy ways to help you communicate, collaborate and grow your relationships with the stakeholders for your school or business.

 What You can Do... Why they do it..
Look at who your audience really is... plan for the right types of information for each stakeholder by breaking them down into different gruops or categories. In schools, Parental Engagement is high on the agenda and understanding who they are and what they feel is vital to a school's success.
Run Parent/Governor/Staff/Pupil/Community/Customer Focus Group Sessions... find out what each stakeholder group explicitly needs and to discover the common ground across the different groups.
Assess Focus Group feedback to realign the initial plans... be sure that what the you actually deliver meets the expectation of the audience and ties in properly to the overall school or business development plan.
Consider breaking up the audience into more granular target groups... help focus clearly on the communication that each specific audience sector will need rather than taking a blunderbuss approach which often misses the target as it is too broad.

Promote 'Success Stories', which describe what is so good about this school or company... this can help influence prospective parents/clients that 'this is a great school for my child - I would be happy for my child to be here' or 'this is a business that appeals to me'.
 Hold 'Open Day' events or Business Seminars... show you mean business and can prove that you are able to deliver what you say. In a school, meeting with teachers and support staff and creating a setting where parents and staff can share ideas and opinions in a friendly and open environment is healthy marketing Also a great way to talk about and show 'what's new' and gather even more useful feedback. Likewise, a business seminar at a local hotel which communicates specifically about the topics raised in the Focus Group input is a sure way to gain traction.
Use the same modes of communication as your audience... ...forward thinking schools and businesses realise that no amount of pushing or shoving can force a parent or client to visit a website. But, if businesses and schools exploit the massive reach of Facebook or Twitter, then there is no need to push. A school or business Facebook page or Twitter feed can pull in followers who will see what is happening without having to go looking or asking.
Put more and more information on their websites... the audience move to smartphones, tablets and laptops, they become more at ease accessing online content and the website becomes a highly bookmarkable destination containing diary dates, downloadable forms, newsletters, termly curriculum information and many other aspects of useful content. In business, product catalogues, sales blogs and lively discussion arenas can make a difference in how the business is seen by its clients,
Create and use blogs extensively... ...blogs are a great and easy way  to keep your audience up to date on what's happening in school and business. The even better thing for schools is to gain feedback (moderated of course). This often starts with a select group of children but quickly develops into a community space where staff, children and parents all join in the conversation. In a commercial setting, blogs are about opinion, news updates and challenging the clients visitor to think about your comments in terms of buying your services or products.
 Employ Video... Schools are becoming au fait with video recording and editing techniques and they find it is a perfect way to show off the great teaching and learning practices. Embedding video into blogs and web pages as video galleries is just another way to communicate with the audience. Video Testimonial is equally powerful for business. What better way to prove you can do what you say by getting a customer to say it for you!
Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:01

Search Engineering

What about Google?

The content of your website is king but the art of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is also crucial to the success of any website.

At Tapiochre, we have become really quite good at SEO - we often find that with our help your website can become very popular and very quickly. Of course there are no guarantees - SEO is an art, not a science - but, done well and diligently, we ususally see improvements in a website's Google ranking in just a few weeks. Done properly, using the right techniques, we have experience of seeing sites go from zero (i.e. a new site) to page one in a matter of days. Why wouldn't you want that to happen?

Most schools want their website to rate highly, so our job is to get the right information to help that happen - and at no additional cost! We know from experience that there are SEO companies who will ask for your cash and give you great ratings for a day or maybe two, but just as soon as your site gets to page one, it simply disappears!  To stay at the top is where you could end up spending way too much. This 'Pay Per Click' technique may work for some but Tapiochre don't advocate it, and certainly not for schools. Our ethos is, 'if you cannot get your website highly ranked by good content and links and hits alone, don't spend money... spend time!'

So, if you get a call from a company saying  that, for between £100 and £200 they can get you to page one of Google - they may even say they are Google - tell them politely that you do not need their services! Talk to Tapiochre instead.

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Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:00

Website Services for Schools

A clean and informative website is a great way to help your visitors understand what your school can offer. Mind you, having a great looking web site is only part of the journey!

Keep your website updated with great news and it will reward you well to become a centre of attraction for your school community.

And now your website can be all you need to make your school email marketing experience more meaningful and cost effective. Why not let your site provide you with everything you need to make a simple, efficient and productive newsletter that will transform your website into a marketing machine and extend your communications more simply to parents and the community?

What might you want from a website for your school?

Thinking about what your school needs? Let's help you....

From experience we find a number of common threads, they are...

  • attractive and easy to navigate
  • one which the children and staff can be proud of
  • decorated tastefully with images, video, audio as well as text content
  • able to support links to other systems if needed, both educational and social, such as Mathletics, VLEs, Twitter, Facebook etc.
  • full of relevant and up to date information
  • a reflection of the ethos and values of the school
  • easy for staff (and others) to use
  • able to provide two-way communications with children, parents and the community
  • capable of allowing key stakeholders to log in and store data in a secure way.
  • is easy to find on Google and can report on usage (statistics)
  • low cost to start up and low cost to run and maintain
  • not dependent on proprietary software or expensive licences
  • compliant with recent regulations.

 With Tapiochre you will be working with a small but efficient agency which ticks all of these boxes. Oh, and probably a bunch more boxes that you can think of! We are proud of what we do and we just love working with schools!

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