Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)

SIAMS Evaluation Schedule

The new SIAMS evaluation schedule was published in April 2018 for first inspection from September 2018.

The denominational inspection of Church of England voluntary aided or voluntary controlled schools (or their equivalent) takes place under Section 48 of the Schools’ Inspection Act.

They are conducted independently of OfSTED by denominational inspectors trained through the Church of England Education Office and on the Diocesan List of Inspectors.

Denominational inspections are mainly on a five year cycle but can (and do) take place earlier depending on circumstances.

Purpose and focus of SIAMS inspections

SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school’s Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish. Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles appropriate to, and reflective of, their particular context in order to be distinctively and effectively Christian in their character and ethos.

SIAMS inspectors therefore do not look for a set template of what a Church school should be like, but rather take the particular context of the school into account and base their evaluation on the outcomes rather than the process.

The new schedule is asking one key question; How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?

This is explored through 7 different strands;

  1. Vision and leadership
  2. Wisdom, knowledge and skills
  3. Character development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
  4. Community and living well together
  5. Dignity and respect
  6. The impact of collective worship
  7. The effectiveness of religious education

Church of England website – SIAMS page

For further support and guidance please contact Rebecca Swansbury (SIAMS manager)

SIAMS Documentation