The Education Act 2005 includes a requirement for the governing bodies of all maintained schools in England to prepare and publish a school profile annually, in place of an annual parents' meeting and governors' annual report. This requirement applies to all maintained schools.
The profile is a mechanism for schools to communicate with parents about the school's progress, priorities and performance. It is a short document which will contain, where relevant:
- Statistics, to be provided and updated by the DfES on an annual basis
- A summary of the latest Ofsted report, to be provided by DfES and updated at least every three years
- Narrative sections to be written by the school, updated at least annually.
The profile is intended to be a new and more effective way of conveying key information to all parents. Extensive consultation with local authorities, schools, parents and pupils suggested that many regarded the traditional reporting mechanism as overly time-consuming for the schools to produce and of little value to their audience, particularly parents.
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