Consultant Quality Assurance Inspector - Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)

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SIAMS is the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools under Section 48 legislation which requires them to be inspected every 5 years. An ambitious SIAMS schedule was implemented in 2018 ensuring that this process is fully aligned with the Church of England Vision for Education, ‘Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good’.

From September 2021, the management of this inspection process will be, for the first time, fully nationally integrated across every diocese. This will include new consistent systems for quality assurance, accuracy and analysis, and strong operational systems for high quality communication, organisation, reporting and financial efficiency.

As part of this change, and to ensure greater consistency across the country, the new national SIAMS team will be responsible for the management of all aspects of the inspection process. This includes inspector training, scheduling, management and administration of inspections, and all liaison with inspectors.

From September 2021 therefore, there will be a renewed emphasis on the quality assurance of inspection practice (QAI) and the quality assurance of reports (QAR). This QA work will be carried out by a small team, under the leadership of the National Director of SIAMS, the work of which will incorporate the critical reading of reports, monitoring of inspection practice e.g. by shadowing inspectors, and staffing the SIAMS Duty Desk. Work will be allocated across the team, and all members can expect to staff the Duty Desk for approximately (part of) two days every three weeks.

This provides the opportunity to work on a consultancy basis, for approximately 14 hours per week. The pattern of workload will be flexible in response to the needs of inspectors, and some tasks will be able to be carried out before and after normal office working hours.

To arrange an informal conversation, please email siams@churchofengland.org.

Interviews will be held on the 8th July 2021 remotely, using Zoom.

The Role

Professional Responsibilities

  • Critically read SIAMS inspection reports prior to publication in order to ensure that they are fully compliant with all requirements.
  • Use the dialogue that is inherent within the critical read process to contribute to the ongoing professional development of inspectors.
  • From time to time, observe the in-school practice of an inspector eg by means of accompanying them as a ‘shadow’, feeding back to the inspector in a developmental and supportive manner.
  • Communicate any concerns on inspection practice to the Director of SIAMS.
  • Contribute to the collation of data on inspection practice in order to identify the emergence of trends in practice and outcomes, to ensure that inspector training is appropriately targeted to need.
  • Be available to respond to enquiries on the SIAMS Duty Desk. This will be as part of a rota (approx. part of 2-3 days every 3 weeks during term-time) to provide a ‘live’ response to inspectors in relation to judgements of Excellent or Inadequate, and in situations in which the inspector requires additional support and advice.

Quality and Standards

  • Maintain and enact up-to-date knowledge and understanding of high-quality inspection practice.
  • Demonstrate an excellent command of written English in all communications.
  • Adhere to the requirements set out in the SIAMS Handbook in relation to critical reading, timescales, the awarding of inspection grades, and the Inspector Code of Conduct.
  • Ensure that any advice provided when staffing the Duty Desk is in line with the SIAMS Schedule and Handbook.
  • Maintain confidentiality and act with an awareness of GDPR requirements at all times.

Building Partnerships

  • Build strong relationships with inspectors and the national SIAMS team.
  • Act at all times with an awareness of the Christian basis of the work of SIAMS, living out the Church of England’s vision for education and its commitment to Christ-like interactions with others.

The Requirements

Essential

Skills/Aptitudes:

  • Analysis and synthesis of large amounts of written information.
  • Ability to accurately and insightfully match evidence to evaluation criteria.
  • Commitment to high standards of inspection practice and the ability to communicate what this looks like in practice.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Commitment to and skilful in the professional development of others.
  • Ability to prioritise and have a flexible approach to workload.
  • Equally effective when working as part of a team or alone.
  • Insightful questioner.
  • Use of document review features in Microsoft Word.

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the SIAMS Evaluation Schedule, the SIAMS Handbook, House Style, and report writing guidance.
  • Ideally, recent/current experience as a competent inspector.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Church of England’s vision for education and of Church school leadership.

Personal Attributes:

  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Teamwork
  • Attention to detail

Desirable

Skills/Aptitudes:

  • Developmental approach to providing feedback.

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Experience in the quality assurance of aspects of SIAMS inspection.
  • Trouble-shooting/dealing sensitively and successfully with complex situations.

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