Who is responsible for managing the school website? We relay good practice advice on managing a school website from two associate education experts and the ICO. We also look at guidance on data protection and confidential information.
What information should we publish about the curriculum? This article sets out the rules on the content that maintained schools and academies must publish online about the curriculum. You will also find suggestions from one of our associate experts, and examples from schools.
What information should we publish about governors? We set out the information that maintained schools, academies and MATs should publish on their websites. You will also find a downloadable KeyDoc checklist, relevant to your school type, to help you check your school's compliance.
How can we evaluate the school improvement plan? The Key has created a checklist for governors to use when evaluating the school improvement plan. You will also find advice from one of our associate education experts on what an effective school improvement plan might contain.
What information must we publish on our website? We outline the information that schools must publish online, including the extra requirements for academies. We also provide a KeyDoc checklist to help you with this.
A good governing board ensures that the right support is in place for new governors. Help new governors settle into their role with our downloadable checklist, and read advice from one of our governance experts on conducting effective inductions.
Is there a checklist to help schools prepare for inspection? We worked with 2 of our associate education experts to create a KeyDoc checklist you can use with senior leaders to make sure your school is prepared for an inspection. You will also find a case study of how a governing board prepared.
How can we change the name of our academy? We explain the difference between a company name and a trading name and look at how you can change them. You will also find out how this applies to an academy within a MAT.
How can we embed our vision within the school? Our associate education experts suggest ways the governing body can communicate its vision to stakeholders, and embed the vision in the work of the governing body. You will also find case studies from three schools.
How can the school raise its profile in the local community? We relay advice from two of our associate education experts on what a school can do to raise its profile in the community. We also look at how to publicise the school and at examples of how schools engage with their local community.
How do I know if my school's attendance is good? Read our suggested questions for the senior leadership team about attendance. You'll also find national attendance data, and information on how Ofsted will use your figures.
How can governors monitor school food provision? We relay advice from one of our associate education experts on effective monitoring of school food provision. We also link to guidance from the DfE and the School Food Plan website on ensuring schools comply with the school food standards.
Is there information on conducting a headteacher handover? We look at guidance from local authorities (LAs) on handing over to a new headteacher, and checklists of documents and information that should be provided.
Schools must have a policy and information report on SEN, but these can be one document. Download our model SEN policy and information report, and use our jargon buster to understand the difference between the information report, the policy, and the local offer.
How do we calculate the headteacher's pay in our special school? This article refers to the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) to explain how pay ranges are set for headteachers in special schools.
Prepare for emergencies by making sure your school has a critical incident policy. Read our article to find out what you should include and take a look at other school policies to see how they’ve set theirs.
What questions can we ask our school business manager for the SFVS? We suggest questions that governors can ask the SBM when completing the Schools Financial Value Standard. We also link to another article from The Key which looks at the SFVS in further detail.