School leaders and Governors are expected to ensure a robust and continuous self-evaluation process is in place that involves the school community in evaluating their effectiveness as a church school.
The Church of England Education Office has provided 3 separate documents which schools may use to help with this process:
1. The Self Evaluation Audit Tool or ‘SEAT’.
This has been designed to support schools with their on-going self-evaluation process and is intended to be a working document. It also includes some guidance about what to put on a school website. This document will not be required by the inspector, but can serve as a tool to support leaders as they produce their 2 page reflection summary.
2. ‘SIAMS reflection’ summary.
This is intended as an ongoing audit summary tool and should be no longer than 2 pages. It is the key document which schools can share with the inspector once an inspection has been triggered.
3. ‘Making your case for excellence.’
This can be used by schools who feel confident and ready to make a case for excellence. This should also be shared with the inspector.
Please note this guidance is offered to you as a tool to support the on-going self-evaluation of your school as a church school. It is not a statutory requirement, therefore schools should feel able to capture their 2 page summary in a different format should they prefer e.g. mind maps and diagrams.
Please click on the SIAMS tab to find further guidance for each of the seven strands.
The 2018 Evaluation Schedule for SIAMS can be downloaded here