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SIAMS Update April 2018

New SIAMS Framework

The new SIAMS Schedule can be found here

Introduction to New SIAMS framework by Pamela Draycott, SIAMS Manager, April 2018

The denominational inspection of Church of England voluntary aided or voluntary controlled schools (or their equivalent) takes place under Section 48 of the Schools’ Inspection Act. They are conducted independently of OfSTED by denominational inspectors trained through the Church of England Education Office and on the Diocesan List of Inspectors. Denominational inspections are mainly on a five year cycle but can (and do) take place earlier depending on circumstances.

I am the SIAMS manager and so I schedule the inspection and either contact Chelmsford schools about when their inspection will take place or arrange for one of our administrative team to do this. The notification happens no more than 5 working days before the inspection is due to take place. After contacting the school the inspector allocated is contacted to let him/her know details. He/She then contacts the school to discuss the forthcoming inspection. This will include the people he or she will wish to meet as well as any learning walks, lesson observations, work scrutiny, etc.

The new SIAMS schedule was published in April 2018 for first inspection from September 2018. Please note that the decision has been taken within the Diocese of Chelmsford that there will be no SIAMS inspections during the Autumn term 2018. If you are expecting your SIAMS inspection in the Autumn term of 2018 please be advised that this will be delayed until either the Spring or Summer term 2019.

The new SIAMS schedule along with a suggested self-evaluation document can be found here. There is one key question linked to the impact of the school’s Christian vision and how leaders, at all levels, incorporate it into school life so that it sustains and drives forward developments as a church school. There are 7 strands (which replace the 4 questions of the ‘old’ framework).


The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)


The denominational inspection of Church of England schools and academies takes place under Section 48 of the Schools’ Inspection Act. They are conducted independently of OfSTED by denominational inspectors trained by the Church of England National Society and on the Diocesan List of Inspectors. Denominational inspections are mainly on a five year cycle but can (and do) take place earlier depending on circumstances.

Pamela Draycott is the diocesan SIAMS manager and schedules the inspection and contacts Chelmsford schools about when their inspection will take place. This happens no more than 5 working days before the inspection is due to take place. After contacting the school she contacts the inspector to let him/her know details. The inspector then contacts the school to discuss the forthcoming inspection. This will include the people the inspector wishes to meet as well as any learning walks, lesson observations, work scrutiny, etc.
 
One of the key questions in the new schedule is: ‘How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?

There are seven strands:

Vision and leadership
Wisdom, knowledge and skills
Character development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
Community and living well together
Dignity and respect
The impact of collective worship
The effectiveness of religious education (for both VA and VC schools or their equivalents with an addition for VA)

Much of what was in the previous framework is included in the new schedule but there are some significant changes and different emphases. A major change is that the four judgments of the current framework have been consolidated into just three  – Excellent, Good and Requires Improvement. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development remain important, and arguably more so since they are now ‘split’ into different strands – 'spiritual' into stand 2, 'moral development' into strand 3, 'social and cultura' into stand 4. It is crucial to have a clear understanding of these important dimensions and how they relate to your school’s Christian vision. The emphasis on the impact of the school’s Christian vision remains central. It is really import to familiarise yourself and other staff as well as governors with the new schedule so that it becomes an effective tool for school improvement. Your diocesan link adviser will be only too pleased to discuss the implications of the new schedule with you.

Please note:

Schools due for inspection in the Summer term 2018 will be inspected using the ‘old framework’ (September 2013).
In this Diocese the first inspections under the new framework (April 2018) will be from January 2019. If you are expecting your SIAMS inspection in the Autumn term of 2018 please be advised that this will be delayed until either the Spring or Summer term 2019. This is to allow schools to address these significant changes. In the longer term the cycle will return to the usual 5 year schedule.

 


Our School Leaders Conference 'Vision into Practice' on June 20th will help schools to become ready for the approach and themes adopted in the new schedule. Mike Dean and Pamela are holding a half day update meeting to help with the process of school improvement through SIAMS inspection. This is for headteachers (and other school leaders) and will be on 13th June. It is a repeat of the one we held on 14th March. The importance of the school’s Christian/Anglican vision for education and for its service to pupils and their families is a key driver for both school improvement and for the inspection process. Your school link adviser will also obviously be only too pleased to work with you over the coming period.

Pamela Draycott - SIAMS Manager
mobile: 07806 796082 or pamela@pddconsultancy.com