September 2020 Updated DfE guidance: What maintained schools must now publish online

Sep 14, 2020 | Finance Posts

Updated guidance from the Department of Education regarding what maintained schools must now publish on their websites has been released last week.

Every local-authority-maintained school must publish specific information on its website to comply with The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 and 2016 and other relevant legislation.

If you’re an Academy or Free School there’s different guidance which can be found here.

What are the changes?

Financial information

Schools must now publish:

  • How many school employees (if any) have a gross annual salary of £100,000 or more in increments of £10,000 – we recommend using a table to display this
  • A link to the webpage which is dedicated to your school on the schools financial benchmarking service.  Follow the prompts to find your school’s specific page

Governors’ information and duties

Updated information on:

  • Details of the structure and responsibilities of the governing body and its committees
  • Information about each governor, including their:
    • full name, date of appointment, term of office,
    • Date they stepped down (where applicable)
    • Who appointed them (in accordance with the governing body’s instrument of government)
    • Business and financial interests
    • Governance roles in other educational institutions
    • Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives)
    • Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over the last academic year

More advice on publishing information about your school’s governors can be found here.

For the full guidance, further information and links, visit the DfE here.