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PSA- Audit of Your School as a Church School (Mid-cycle SIAMS Review)

by Michael Ford last modified 25 May, 2017 02:34 PM
"I want to extend my thanks to you for today's audit. I really do feel that, through our discussions together as we undertook the audit, I have moved towards a 'greater depth' of understanding with the journey we are on at our school.

At the end of the day I drove away from school feeling more secure in the knowledge that we have a much firmer foundation from which to work ahead of our next inspection. That was a good feeling to have.

"I also know that we have this audit as a base to work from – and I now believe that we can succeed.

"Thank you. I really have learned so much from you and value your support."

(Head Teacher, following the audit of the school)

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Explanation of this aspect of our work

Against the backdrop of increased expectations this supportive audit provides an opportunity for your school to be reviewed against the SIAMS Framework in advance of your next SIAMS inspection. Ideally this audit would take place mid-way through your school’s SIAMS inspection cycle. Our diocesan adviser works alongside the head teacher to carry out a full review.

A whole day is recommended for this piece of work.

On the day our adviser will:

  • Meet with children 
  • Observe Collective Worship – and review any monitoring records from Collective Worship
  • Observe/ do a Learning Walk of some Religious Education lessons – and review any monitoring records from Religious Education
  • Look at a selection of children’s work from across the curriculum
  • Meet staff
  • Meet a selection of parents with children in different year groups
  • Meet with foundation governors – and the Chair of Governors 
  • Meet the incumbent

This leads to verbal feedback on the day and to a full written report of the school’s impact as a distinctive church school including strengths and ‘next steps’ in relation to SIAMS.

The format of the day itself largely mirrors a SIAMS inspection.

Many head teachers are also taking up the opportunity to work with the same adviser for a full day shortly after the audit in order to compile the school’s SIAMS SEF together. 

Cost of Support

PSA Non-PSA
RATE 2 days to include time in school and a report 14 credits £1575 + VAT

 

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