School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

Education written question – answered on 27th February 2013.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Conservative, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton

To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2013, Official Report, column 478W, on School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012, what steps he is taking to ensure that primary schools comply with the requirement to publish on their website (a) the proportion of Year 6 pupils who achieve level 4 or above in English and mathematics, (b) the proportion of Year 6 pupils who are making expected progress, (c) the proportion of Year 6 pupils who achieve level 5 or above in English and (d) the proportion of Year 6 pupils who achieve level or above in mathematics in their Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests.

Photo of David Laws David Laws The Minister of State, Cabinet Office, The Minister for Schools

holding answer 25 February 2013

The amended regulations removed the requirement for schools to produce a hard copy prospectus each year and instead require schools to publish certain information online. For schools which have Year 6 pupils, this includes information about in the attainment and progress of pupils who have most recently taken Key Stage 2 tests.

The Department notified schools in a number of ways about the changes made to these regulations which came into force in September 2012. This has included notifying schools through several of the termly departmental Need to Know e-mails to all schools (before and after the changes came into force), publishing and updating information on the departmental website and working to communicate the changes through partners like the National Governors Association. Her Majesty's chief inspector has also recently written to all schools and in doing so has reminded schools of their obligations to make key information available online.

Governing bodies and head teachers have clear responsibilities to ensure that their school adheres to the law. If a parent believes that a school is not complying with the requirements they are entitled to raise this with the governing body. If their complaint is not resolved and they believe that the school has failed to discharge its duty or acted unreasonably, they can raise their complaint with the Secretary of State for Education. Any such a complaint would be handled as set out in the Department's published school complaints process.

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