Problems publishing School Profiles
04 Jan 2012
Since the 2005 Education Act, schools have been required to publish their school profile. Although change is on the way, this remains a statutory requirement on all governing bodies. But it seems the Department for Education is frustrating schools that are trying to do what the law requires.
Caddington Village School in Bedfordshire believes the school profile is a 'useful reporting tool'. Its chair of governors, Mike Smith, believes it is 'less onerous than the old-style Annual General Meetings' and is a helpful summary of a school's achievements.
But when the school tried to fulfil its legal duty by publishing the profile it was unable to access the necessary template which is usually available at the Department for Education's website. It seems access to the template has been suspended.
In response to an enquiry from Mr Smith, the Department explained that access had been 'revoked' whilst the school profile is under government review. In September 2011 the government said it planned to end the requirement to publish the school profile as it 'had not proved to be the most effective way of capturing the information parents wanted to know' . Only about 1 in 5 schools appeared to have been updating their school profiles.
However, as Mike Smith says, it seems odd to prevent schools publishing their profiles when they wish to do so and while it remains a legal requirement.
It does seem strange that the government should wish to restrict the information governors are providing to parents.
Is anyone else out there having similar problems?