SIAMS - Section 48 Inspections
For advice, support and training on SIAMS please contact Louise Reeves on 01603 882344 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Preparing the Section 48 Self Evaluation Form (SEF) is the joint responsibility of the head teacher and the foundation governors, although the best examples are the result of wide consultation. Although an inspector will wish to use the SEF during a section 48 inspection, the document itself is not intended to be completed solely for this purpose; it should form part of the school's improvement and development process.
As every school is unique, SEFs can look quite different.
Changes to the framework came into being in April 2013 and have been updated since. The new documentation is available from the National Society website at the link below. Information on the National Society website, including grade descriptors which can be found within the Evaluation schedule document includes:
- SEF model document
- Inspection and SEF framework
- Evaluation schedule
- National Society statement on RE
Full details are available on the National Society website
The overarching question behind SIAMS is,
'How distinctive and effective is this school as a Church of England School?'
The SEF is based on three (or four) key questions on ethos, collective worship, leadership and management and (for Voluntary Aided schools only) RE:
- How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all its learners?
- What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
- How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?
- (VA) How effective is the Religious Education?
The emphasis throughout is upon church school distinctiveness and effectiveness.
Completing the SEF is something in which many members of the school community other than the headteacher and staff should/could be involved e.g. foundation governors; pupils; parents/carers; members of the local community; the incumbent; members of the local parish; diocesan advisers.
Please find below a copy of the SIAMS SEF form
SIAMS SEF (.doc / 207kb)
SIAMS training resources
Please find here some resources from SIAMS training which you will find useful
SIAMS slides (.pdf / 279kb)
Valuing All God's Children publication
In May 2014 The National Society published this document.