Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)
“How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?”
To view our most recent SIAMS Inspection Report - CLICK HERE
To view our SIAMS parent information letter - CLICK HERE
To visit the Church of England's Education and Schools website - CLICK HERE
To go straight to the Church of England's SIAMS Inspection website - CLICK HERE
Purpose and focus of SIAMS inspections
All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the Church of England Education Office's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. The SIAMS Evaluation Schedule sets out the expectations for the conduct of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican, Methodist and ecumenical Schools under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.
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 Evaluation Schedule has one inspection 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 seven strands:
- Vision and Leadership
- Wisdom, Knowledge, and Skills
- Character Development: Hope, Aspiration, and Courageous Advocacy
- Community and Living Well Together
- Dignity and Respect
- Impact of Collective Worship
- Effectiveness of Religious Education.
One overall grade is awarded reflecting the contribution of these strands to the flourishing of pupils and adults in a Church school. In addition a standalone grade is awarded in all schools for collective worship and in voluntary aided (VA) schools and former VA schools for religious education (RE). This grade is based on teaching and learning alone.
SIAMS documents and resources for reference by staff:
(school staff from any school are welcome to use these links)
- SIAMS Revised Evaluation Schedule - CLICK HERE
- SIAMS Information for Schools - CLICK HERE
- SIAMS Ongoing Self-Evaluation Template - CLICK HERE
- SIAMS Summary Self-Evaluation Template - CLICK HERE
- Religious Education in Church of England Schools: A Statement of
Entitlement - CLICK HERE
- Valuing All God's Children - CLICK HERE