Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)
SIAMS Schedule 2018
The new SIAMS schedule came into operation in September 2018.
The 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
- The impact of collective worship
- The 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.
School leaders and Governors are expected to ensure a robust and continuous self-evaluation process is in place that involves the school community in evaluating their effectiveness as a church school.
The Church of England Education Office has provided 3 separate documents which schools may use to help with this process:
1. The Self Evaluation Audit Tool or ‘SEAT’.
This has been designed to support schools with their on-going self-evaluation process and is intended to be a working document. It also includes some guidance about what to put on a school website. This document will not be required by the inspector, but can serve as a tool to support leaders as they produce their 2 page reflection summary.
2. ‘SIAMS reflection’ summary.
This is intended as an ongoing audit summary tool and should be no longer than 2 pages. It is the key document which schools can share with the inspector once an inspection has been triggered.
3. ‘Making your case for excellence.’
This can be used by schools who feel confident and ready to make a case for excellence. This should also be shared with the inspector.
Please note this guidance is offered to you as a tool to support the on-going self-evaluation of your school as a church school. It is not a statutory requirement, therefore schools should feel able to capture their 2 page summary in a different format should they prefer e.g. mind maps and diagrams.
Please click on the SIAMS tab to find further guidance for each of the seven strands.
The 2018 Evaluation Schedule for SIAMS can be downloaded here