Support for SIAMS
The SIAMS Schedule (2018) which forms the basis of the inspection. To download the SIAMS schedule 2018 click here
The Church of England Education Office no longer provides a self-evaluation document as a template. They state: 'Effective leadership will mean that schools have their own process in place for recording church school self-evaluation. These will have been developed for the benefit of the school not for the inspection. Strong leaders will want to share this with inspectors. Effective self-evaluation will be focused on impact and will not be overly descriptive. A short summary of the school's self-evaluation of approximately two pages is encouraged for SIAMS inspection purposes. Schools should recognise that there is no expectation that an inspector will analyse an excessively lengthy SEF in preparing a pre inspection plan (PIP). Self evaluation may be submitted by the school in any format the school chooses'. However the last version of the self-evaluation document they produced is available here.
In the light of the recommendation from the Church of England Education Office Pamela Draycott has produced a possible 2 page summary document and a 1 page excellence document which a school may wish to use/adapt as suits their cirumstances.
Thorough ongoing self-evaluation provides a useful support for a school's development as a church school. The summary SEF and making the case for excellence documents provided here give a concise focus of the key points of development/priority only Close working with your diocesan link advisor will provide ongoing support for developing your school's Christian vision and associated values. Schools do not have to use these summary documents. However, both do link closely with the SIAMS schedule. If you choose to use a different format please ensure that it provides the inspector with a clear and succinct snapshot of the impactof your school's vision and associated values linked to the strands as outlined in the SIAMS schedule. Remember the information is a summary and is not everything you do as a result of being a Church school. Your development/improvement plan will be more detailed in that regard and will lie behind any summary document.
Making the case for excellence - this can be an overall judgement or you can highlight particular areas where you think your school shows innovative, exemplary practice without being necessarily excellent overall the Church of England Self Evaluation document. However it s recommended that you do so as it is linked specifically with the schedule requirements. If a school chooses not to use the document they must still provide the inspector with evidence of self-evaluation and progress as a church school. The insepctor will require the requested information the day after the initial telephone conversation between him/her and the headteacher/person responsible for the school on the day of notification.
The Statement of Entitlement for RE in Church Schools
The statement provides a basis for expectations with regards to religious education in church schools. It should be looked at carefully and its recommendations implemented in all church schools.
Questionnaires are useful to get feedback from pupils/students, parents/carers and staff about their understanding of the Christian ethos and values of the institution as well as giving different groups a voice in improving your school still further. They also provide some useful evidence to support and/or guide your judgements for your SIAMS inspection.
Short questionnaires can be conducted easily and on line using a programme such as Survey Monkey. However, be aware that most charge for analysing surveys involving a larger number of people.
Click here for a number of sample questionnaires which you may wish to adapt to suit your particular context.