The Process of a SIAMS inspection
The SIAMS Manager is Pamela Draycott.
A list of schools to be inspected for the next academic year is sent to the Church of England Education Office National Society during the previous summer term. For example in March 2018 a list of schools to be inspected during the academic year 2018-2019 was sent to the National Society. Schools are selected for inspection on the basis of scheduling as outlined on the Church school inspection page of this website.
This generates the required grant contribution from the Department of Education (DfE) to go towards the cost of the inspection.
On a termly basis the SIAMS Manager allocates an accredited denominational inspector to each school to be inspected but the inspector does not know the name of the school until 5 working days before the inspection is scheduled to take place.
The headteacher receives a phone call from the SIAMS Manager or a member of the administrative team of the Chelmsford Diocesan Office usually 5 working days before the inspection is scheduled. This phone call informs the headteacher of the forthcoming inspection and of the name of the inspector. The notice period is no more than 5 working days. See the chart below for an example of how the process works:
The inspector will also use the telephone conversation to discuss with the headteacher key aspects of the inspection process and request any documentation.
The Church of England Education Office (National Society) have produced a schedule for the inspection of church schools and also a self-evaluation tool . The inspection is based on these two documents. They provide a useful support for a school’s development as a church school and a school’s self-evaluation should be based around them (see Schools and Academies – self-evalution section).
For further details of the 'before,during and after' process surrounding a SIAMS inspection please download this document.
Deferral of a SIAMS inspection
There is strict guidance as to when and if it is possible to defer a SIAMS inspection because of exceptional circumstances. This comes from the Church of England Education Office (National Society) in agreement with the Department for Education. If a deferral is granted the SIAMS inspection must take place within six working weeks of the original date.
The link here outlines the details of the exceptional circumstances that may lead to a deferral being granted. If the headteacher of a school about to be inspected believes that his/her school may be granted a deferral under ‘exceptional circumstances’ he/she should speak urgently with the SIAMS manager, Pamela Draycott - mobile 07806 796082 or send her an email.