All SIAMS inspections are suspended until the Church of England Education Office advises on their resumption. If your school was expecting SIAMS in the Summer term please note that we are not anticipating that there will be any inspections until the next academic year.

Section 48 of the Education Act (2005) sets out the legal basis and scope of inspections for all schools with a religious character and SIAMS is the statutory inspection framework for all Church of England schools, including those which are joint denominational in foundation. The inspection schedule against which schools are judged is a national set of criteria, produced by the Church of England Education Office (CEEO). The current inspection schedule is based on the Church of England’s Vision for Education, ‘Deeply Christian, serving the Common Good’ (2016)

SIAMS is key to the ongoing development of every school as a Church of England school. 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?

Schools are judged on the effectiveness of their Christian vision. This means how the vision is lived out to ensure pupils and adults flourish. More information is available from the buttons on this page.

Dioceses manage, coordinate and quality assure SIAMS inspections. Most schools are inspected on a 5-year schedule. For schools with low grades in the previous inspection, the next SIAMS inspection is likely to be within 2-4 years.

The ODBE team offers a suite of training and support. The SIAMS Adviser coordinates this work and supports the school link advisers as well as schools.

Administration processes –

  • Scheduling inspections in liaison with the CEEO
  • Engaging registered inspectors and checking insurance and DBS status
  • Conducting critical reading and quality assurance of SIAMS processes
  • Fee for SIAMS inspection is waived for S4S schools (otherwise £250)

Support for schools –

  • A suite of training which may be delivered in school or around the diocese
  • Support for ongoing self-evaluation as a Church school
  • Reviews of websites and policies
  • Interim SIAMS Reflection visits