The Church of England has made two new senior appointments within its National Education Team to lead the new framework for Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) which comes into effect from September 2021.
Dr Margaret James will be National Director of SIAMS, and David Tait has been appointed as Deputy Head.
All Church of England and Methodist schools receive SIAMS inspections which focus on the impact of the Church school’s Christian vision on pupils and adults. The provision for this is made under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005, and the inspections are carried out in addition to the Ofsted inspections which all schools receive.
The changes to how SIAMS operates will mean that the national church, in collaboration with all Diocesan Boards of Education and the Methodist Church, can assure the quality and consistency of SIAMS across the whole country and operate more efficiently to deliver the inspection, administrative and training elements of the process. Dioceses will continue to advise schools on developing Christian character and ethos.