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 had a role to play in helping church schools see even more clearly how the SIAMS strands surface around the school.
A primary Headteacher originally suggested the inclusion of SIAMS in Blippit Boards back in late 2019. Another Head wanted her school Governors to benefit from having access to the Blippit Boards Dashboard so that as more boards were published, Governors could see them too. Early feedback from Governors suggests that the Head was right.
So how did a conversation start up with The Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education?
Directly after the governor training, we shared a SIAMS graph on Facebook taken from the Blippit Dashboard showing how it could support monitoring and schools getting on with their SEF for SIAMS. Well, they replied! We sought their expertise because it really was needed for us as non-experts in the SIAMS framework and methodology.
After a 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 tags pretty much overnight. 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 the SEF for SIAMS inspection preparations like never before.
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