School Websites - Best Practice

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Free to schools who buy in to governor training otherwise £95
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Stables Country Club, Bolholt Complex, Walshaw Road, Bury, Greater Manchester, BL8 1PU. Telephone: 0161 762 4000.
No Of Sessions
Target Group
Any School Governor, including School Staff Governor
Activity Leaders
Kate Lewis, Independent Consultant, Onside Education
Please Note

Light refreshments provided.

Course Objectives

To look at the growing importance of the school web site, its purpose and relevance to parents and inspectors.
Governors will understand and appreciate the statutory requirements and how best to use school web-sites for the benefit of the school, its pupils, parents, and community.

Course Content

1) The importance of providing information for school stakeholders
2) Public accountability
3) The principles of Freedom of Information and Data Protection legislation
4) Children and taking/publishing photographs - guidance
5) Replacing the School Prospectus and School Profile
6) What makes a good web site
7) The use of school websites by OfSTED inspectors
8) The usefulness of a good, and up to date, web site and maintenance
9) Managing and financing a web site – possibilities
10) Analysis and review selected examples of real-life school web-sites

Additional Information

Kate has 24 years experience of teaching in state secondary schools, 15 years as Head of Art. Whilst teaching she contributed to the development of pastoral and behaviour strategies, and the health and well-being curriculum. Kate also played in lead role in the development of differentiated teaching strategies. She is also a parent governor at her daughters’ High School, and is currently lead governor for Science, Technology and Art at the school, recently judged ‘good’. In addition Kate is a Governor at a local Primary School, and another High School. Kate also runs her own business developing teaching resources for secondary school art, addressing the requirements for outstanding lessons, as judged by OfSTED. In addition Kate serves as a Local Authority elected member in the Greater Manchester area, where she regularly chairs the Employers Forum and contributes to Equal Opportunities Strategies.

Previous Experience Expected

To be a serving School Governor and be able to conduct an internet search for information.

Dates and Times

Thursday 15th February 2018 (1.30 to 4.00pm)