Sir Michael Wilshaw HMCI recently stated that inspection teams would use the school website as a means of collecting important information about the school prior to inspectors arriving. Quite simply, if schools want Ofsted to know what they do, it will have to be on the website.
Inspectors will expect websites to offer information on a variety of areas including:
· School development plan
· SEF or some form of evaluation document
· School timetable
· Detailed calendar of school events
It is evident from the new Ofsted inspection framework, that the school website will now play a crucial role in ensuring inspectors receive the necessary information to support their judgements. The school website is now the first port of call for all inspection teams, so it is essential that the website makes an outstanding first impression and fully reflects the life of the school.