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One of the first things Ofsted look at when inspecting a school is the school's website. There is specific information which has to be published on every maintained schools website and this can be found on the DfE guidance to schools website

SIAMS* Toolkit

From September 2013 a version of the SIAMS Self-Evaluation Toolkit for Church of England Schools has been produced in line with the revised Inspection Framework and Evaluation Schedule. These documents are available to download from the panel on the right.
*SIAMS Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005

Scheduling of SIAMS (section 48) inspections

There are now two completely separate inspection schedules; one for Ofsted inspections and one for SIAMS inspections. The timing of SIAMS inspections is now determined by the overall judgement of the previous Section 48 inspection:

  • schools judged good or outstanding overall will normally be inspected every 5 years
  • schools judged satisfactory or inadequate overall will be inspected every 3-5 years. 

The diocese will notify schools five working days before the first day of their inspection and schools will be expected to provide a completed diocesan self-evaluation toolkit or an appropriate alternative, to their SIAMS inspector.

For more information, please contact Mandy Watson

Can your school provide evidence of compliance with the Equality Act 2010?

Ofsted have been asking our schools for evidence to demonstrate their compliance with the Equality Duty within the school.  For this reason we attach the link to the Quick Start Guide to the Equality Act 2010.   There are further details and documents under Guidance for Public Bodies on the Equalities' Act Home Office page .

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Related Resources

SIAMS Toolkit Word Document

SIAMS Policy

SIAMS S48 Reports