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Inspections

The Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) and its Education Team is NOT responsible for inspecting Church schools – it does, however, support Church schools in preparing for Inspections – by both OfSTED and SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools).

The Diocesan Director of Education (DDE), Deputy Director of Education (Deputy DDE) or School Effectiveness Officer will (by invitation) attend OfSTED feedback meetings on the final day of an OfSTED inspection.

Schools are advised to maintain up-to-date Self-Evaluation Forms (see below) as part of their routine monitoring and evaluation processes. The close participation of the Governing Body in this process is strongly encouraged in addition to a wide range of other Stakeholders.

The SIAMS runs to a separate schedule to OfSTED inspections. Schools are inspected no less than 3 to 5 years after their last inspection.

Seven training sessions on the new Framework have been organised over the past 18 months and Governing Bodies can request a Whole Governing Body Training session by contacting the Deputy Director.

Following OfSTED and SIAMS inspections the Deputy Director, the School Effectiveness Officer and the Schools’ Adviser are available to support individual schools on a “needs-be” basis and at no cost to the school.

  • Self-evaluation Form-+

    For help completing the SEF please contact the Deputy Director.

    VOLUNTARY CONTROLLED SCHOOLS - please remember you need answer only questions 1, 2 and 4.

    VOLUNTARY AIDED SCHOOLS - you must answer all four questions from the SEF.

    Ideally, your SEF is a working document - updated at regular intervals and populated after consultation with a number of stakeholders. The Deputy Director holds a series of exemplar SEFs which are available for examination.

    Please remember that the SEF is the Inspector's gateway to the effectiveness of your School as a Church School. The wider the range of evidence it holds the better able they will be to formulate accurate hypotheses to test-out during the day-long inspection.

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