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Self Evaluation

Thorough ongoing self-evaluation provides a useful support for a school's development as a church school

The Church of England Education Office no longer provides a model 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'.

In the light of the recommendation from the Church of England Education Office we have a produced a Summary Self-Evaluation Form (SEF) document and a Making a Case for Excellence document which a school may wish to use/adapt to suit their circumstances.

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 give a concise focus of the key points of development only. Close working with your diocesan link advisor will provide ongoing support for developing your school's Christian vision and associated values. It may be useful to make use of our SIAMS Self-Evaluation Audit Tool for a more detailed evaluation of the strands and criteria. This can then be used to populate the SEF summary when the school is in the inspection window.


Schools do not have to use these summary documents. However, they 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 impact of 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.

Inspectors will require the requested information the day after the initial telephone conversation between them and the headteacher/person responsible for the school on the day of notification.