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Satisfactory or less in the SIAMS Inspection/From September 2018

Satisfactory or less in the SIAMS Inspection Framework 2013 and Requires Improvement from the SIAMS schedule 2018

Protocol for schools/academies graded as Satisfactory or less in the SIAMS Inspection / From September 2018 'Requires Improvement' judgement 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 up to the end of the academic year 2017 and for those judged as 'requires improvement' from September 2018.

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 (up to the end of the academic year 2017) and a Requires Improvement judgement (from September 2018):

  • An initial adviser visit, to discuss the outcome of the report and plan the school’s response to the key issues.
  • The school will be expected to record its planned actions in an ‘Action Plan’ (which may be part of the whole school improvement plan but must be clearly identifiable. A copy of the plan will be sent to their School’s Adviser.
  • At the initial meeting, a date will be set for a return visit, no more than two terms later, when the progress of the Action Plan will be discussed.
  • On receipt of the Action Plan, the adviser would point the Headteacher to any diocesan training that may support areas that are to be developed.           

Diocesan notice to improve

In the event of a school judged to be Inadequate or 'requires improvement', the following procedures apply.

  • A letter will be sent to the school from the Director of Education to confirm the Inadequate/requires improvement designation and issuing a Notice to Improve.
  • An initial visit to the school will be arranged by the School’s Adviser to discuss the report and identify causes of the inadequacy and strategies to improve. A written report clarifying these will be sent by the School’s Adviser to the school, copied to the Director of Education.
  • Support will be offered by the adviser to produce an Action Plan with the Headteacher and Governing Body.  This Action Plan is to be copied to the Director and SIAMS Manager. The Action Plan should include time-scale and budget. The outline of the Action Plan should also be written into the main School Development Plan as a priority
  • The School’s Adviser will provide support to the school in securing its improvement.
  • There will be monitoring visits by the School’s Adviser to meet with the Headteacher  and Chair of Governors. Written progress update reports will be prepared by the School’s Adviser and copied to the Director.