The National Society has produced a self-evaluation toolkit for Church of England schools which will help all staff to assess their impact as church schools. It is meant to be used over a period of time, but it can be very useful for headteachers, particularly new headteachers, to gain a baseline assessment of where their school is at in terms of their religious character. It can be used to inform training and development. Diocesan Officers are often asked to complete a “health check” using the SIAMS self-evaluation toolkit. Indeed, all new headteachers are offered a free health check when they enter their post.
The principal objective of the Toolkit is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school. A Church of England school’s self-evaluation will seek to judge how well the school’s distinctive Christian character and values ensure the development and achievement of the whole child or young person.
The Toolkit is designed to be used in whole or in part and may be adapted or modified for use by schools and dioceses in the light of existing school or diocesan self-evaluation materials. Work on the toolkit should be embedded within the whole spectrum of school self-evaluation and integrated within school or Local Authority processes. Evidence for church school focused self-evaluation will be available from all aspects of school life.
Download the National Society Self-Evaluation Toolkit (SIAMS Toolkit).
If you would like more information on the toolkit or free health check, please contact Malcolm Finney.
An alternative version of self-evaluation has been produced by the Manchester Diocesan Board of Education. Click here for: