Ofsted & SIAMs Reports
Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) inspects all state schools in England at least every three years. After the inspection is done, Ofsted publishes a report which is available to the public. When assessing a school, Ofsted inspectors consider:
- the school’s assessment of its own performance
- performance data
- pupils’ work
- lesson observations
- input from parents
- discussions with pupils and staff
The principal objective of a SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school. Towards this objective, inspectors seek answers to four key questions:
- How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
- What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
- How effective is the Religious Education? (in VA schools and academies)
- How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?