The SIAMS process has been devised by the National Society (Church of England Education office) to standardise inspection practices and judgements in all Church of England and Methodist Schools and to meet the requirements of Section 48 of the Education Act 2005
SIAMS/S48 judges the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a Church of England school and aims to help schools improve as church schools. School governors have a statutory duty to uphold the religious character of the school and to ensure that this element is inspected. SIAMS inspections are administered by Canterbury Diocese and carried out by nationally accredited and trained inspectors.
The main focus is in the outcomes, i.e. the impact of provision rather than the provision itself
There are 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?
- How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school
You can find copies of all published SIAS/SIAMS reports for Church of England schools on the Church of England website.
The revised SIAMS framework of April 2013 is the current framework.
The documents provided here will support you in ensuring that you have addressed the issues highlighted in your last inspection report and in preparing for the next inspection.
For specific SIAMS enquiries please contact the SIAMS manager, Niki Paterson firstname.lastname@example.org