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SIAMS and RE expertise shared by The Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education

SIAMS and RE expertise shared by The Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education

  • August 02, 2021
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During Governor SIAMS training on Zoom this summer, Blippit's founder, who is also a primary school governor, learned just how closely linked a school's vision, values, mission and curriculum are.  The training was peppered with photographs showing how schools manifest their vision, values and learning through displays.  He felt strongly that the Blippit Boards app and Dashboard launched this year may have a role to play in helping church schools see even more clearly how the SIAMS strands surface around the school.

It was a primary Headteacher who originally suggested the inclusion of SIAMS in Blippit Boards back in late 2019 proving once again that the best ideas come from the people we're looking to help. Another Head decided that some school Governors may benefit from having access to the Blippit Boards Dashboard so that as more boards were created through monitoring, Governors could see them too.  Unsurprisingly, early feedback from Governors suggests that the Head was right.

Blippit went on to share a SIAMS graph from the Dashboard with The Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education.  We were so grateful that they chose to reply. Their expertise was much needed and greatly appreciated to us as non-experts in the SIAMS framework and methodology.

After a really useful Zoom call with the Adviser to Primary Schools and Academies and SIAMS Manager & the Schools Work and SIAMS Administrator for The Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education, we updated the app's SIAMS framework references.  We also added to the selection of subjects to include 'the big six' to make Blippit Boards even more accurate for monitoring evidence of RE and SIAMS in school through displays.  Charts and insights are greatly improved now too of course it almost goes without saying.

Blippit, working with colleagues at The Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education, is pleased now to be able to offer Diocesan schools a labour-saving resource that will help school leaders gain brand new insights into their school and support SIAMS inspection preparations like never before.

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