The Process of a SIAMS inspection

The SIAMS Manager is Pamela Draycott.

Please note that the process and timings of SIAMS has not changed. The schedule used for making judgements has. The new schedule comes into force from September 2018. In the Diocese of Chelmsford there will be no inspections in the Autumn term of 2018 so first inspection under the new schedule will be from the Spring term 2019.

A list of schools to be inspected for the next academic year is sent to the Church of England Education Office around March/April of the preceding academic year. Schools are selected for inspection on the basis of scheduling as outlined on the Church school inspection scheduling page of this website. Around May/June the pending inspections are confirmed by the Church of England Education Office/and the Department of Education (DfE). 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 shortly before the school is notified.

The school 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 school of the forthcoming inspection and of the name of the inspector. If the executive headteacher/headteacher is not available the person who is in charge of the school on that day will be contacted so that notification is not delayed. A follow-up email will be sent confirming details. 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 initial telephone conversation to discuss with the headteacher key aspects of the inspection process and request any documentation.  The documentation should ideally be provided for the inspection within 24 hours of this discussion.

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-evaluation section).

For further details of the 'before,during and after' process surrounding a SIAMS inspection please download this document.

Adjustment or Deferral of a SIAMS inspection

Adjustment = change the date of an inspection within the same school term.

Defer= alter the date of an inspection to the next school term.

There is strict guidance as to when and if it is possible to adjust or 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 an adjustment or 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.




Example of the Notification Process

TOP TIPs - for the new SIAM schedule (September 2018)

Top Ten Tips provides ten points to note/things to do based on the new SIAMS schedule and using the schedule as a tool for school improvement. Speak with your Diocesan Link Adviser who will be happy to support you.

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