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Church School Inspection Section 48
Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles, which reflect their particular local context or church tradition in order to be distinctive and effective. Inspectors will, therefore, not be looking to apply a preconceived template of what a church school should be like.
The principal objective of the Section 48 inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school.
Section 48 Inspections are carried out by accredited National Society inspectors who spend the equivalent of 1 day at the school talking with children and adults, gathering evidence and making judgements around 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 Voluntary Aided schools and academies)
- How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?