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Chelmsford Diocesan
Board of Education

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Satisfactory or less in the SIAMS Inspection

As part of our commitment to schools in the Chelmsford Diocese we outline here a protocol for any school graded ‘Satisfactory’ or less in their SIAMS inspection.

The aims are to:

  • ensure that all our schools are providing high quality education within a Christian context.
  • provide clear expectations for all schools which have been graded Satisfactory or less.
  • ensure consistency in the way that we support these schools .

The support given stands outside the Partnership Service Level Agreement.


FOR SCHOOLS THAT HAVE AN OVERALL ‘SATISFACTORY’ JUDGEMENT:

The Diocese will:

  • send in a School Adviser to visit within four weeks of the publication of the report, to discuss the outcome of the report and to plan with the school, its response to the key issues
  • timetable a SIAMS inspection Health Check for the school between 12-15 months of the publication of the SIAMS report
  • signpost the school to evidence of good and outstanding practice in Diocesan schools
  • signpost the school to relevant training opportunities.

The school will be expected to:

  • send to the Diocese a draft action plan for comment/suggestions
  • formulate a SMART action plan to address the key issues outlined in the report within six weeks of the publication of the inspection report
  • ensure that the action plan has input from staff and foundation governors and this it has a named staff member and governor to lead on each key issue
  • ensure that the action plan is adequately resourced
  • report to the Governing Body on a termly basis the progress it is making on its action plan
  • update its church school self-evaluation documentation on at least a termly basis.

DIOCESAN NOTICE TO IMPROVE

In the event of a school judged to be ‘Inadequate’ in any section, or overall, in a SIAMS inspection, the following procedures apply.

The Diocese will:

  • send a letter to the school from the Director of Education to confirm the ‘Inadequate’ designation and issuing a ‘Notice to Improve’
  • within three weeks of the publication of the report, an initial visit to the school to meet with school leaders (governors and senior staff) will be arranged by the School’s Adviser to discuss the report and to identify causes of the inadequacy and strategies to bring about rapid improvement
  • assist the school in its formulation of a SMART church school action plan
  • partner the school with a good/outstanding SIAMS school
  • timetable a termly monitoring and evaluation visit, for at least the first three terms, which will provide the basis of a summary report to the School Standards and Effectiveness Committee of the Diocese

The school will be expected to:

  • send to the Diocese a draft action plan for comments/suggestions
  • formulate a SMART action plan to address the key issues outlined in the report within four weeks of the publication of the inspection report
  • send a copy of the action plan to the Director of Education and the SIAMS Manager
  • ensure that the action plan has input from staff and foundation governors and that is has a named staff member and governor lead for each key issue
  • ensure that the action plan is adequately resourced
  • report to the Governing Body on a termly basis the progress it is making on its action plan
  • attend training suggested by Diocesan staff
  • update its church school self-evaluation documentation on at least a termly basis.

SCHOOLS VULNERABLE TO A ‘SATISFACTORY’ SIAMS INSPECTION

For any school that is vulnerable to a ‘satisfactory’ overall SIAMS inspection grade, the Director of Education will write to the school to inform it of the reasons for the concern. The school will be expected to write a response letter within three weeks of receipt, outlining how the areas of concern are to be addressed.