SIAMS inspections remain on hold until the relevant legislation is reinstated. Following an announcement from the Church of England Education Office, the intention is to restart SIAMS in April 2021, at the earliest. The key message for schools is that SIAMS will resume only when it is safe and proportionate to do so.  

In Oxford diocese, there are over 60 SIAMS from March 2020 to April 2021 to reschedule. In the interim, we offer a ‘Vision Conversation’ for schools due, or now overdue, for inspection. These are offered to all schools expecting SIAMS since March 2020 and in the current academic year.

Please contact Allyson Taylor, SIAMS adviser to arrange a conversation, or your link adviser.

 Purpose of the vision conversation

  • To allow HTs to tell their school’s story through recent months
  • To support reflecting on their Christian vision and its impact

Feedback from conversations so far…

‘Really helpful, time to pause and think about our vision and the challenges we face.’

‘Best use of an hour this week!’

‘I realise staff are like wild geese; we fly information and it isn’t just me leading from the front. Others can take over for a while.’

SIAMS is the statutory inspection framework for all Church of England schools, including  joint denominational schools. The inspection schedule  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 the left.

The ODBE team offers a suite of training and support:

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