The list of schools expecting SIAMS inspections in the academic year 2023-24 is now live on the Church of England SIAMS pages.
An updated version of the new SIAMS Framework published (active September 2023) has been published. Find out more. This will be used for all future SIAMS inspections for our schools.
- To find recent SIAMS reports (since September 2021) use the national database.
Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)
All Church of England schools undergo a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). SIAMS inspections are carried out under Section 48 of the 1988 Education Act and in addition to Ofsted (Section 5/8) inspections (2005 Education Act). They are overseen by the National Society. The purpose of SIAMS is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of a school as a church school.
The purpose of SIAMS is to evaluate how effective the school is as a church school in terms of meeting the needs of learners. These needs include well-being, personal development, safeguarding and academic progress.
NEW SIAMS Framework September 2023
From 1st September 2023, a new SIAMS framework will be used for inspections.
The national SIAMs team announced this at an online briefing on 3rd November 2022. This contained key information about the new SIAMS Framework that will commence in September 2023. A full recording of this update is available.
The new framework explores how a vision rooted in theology is enabling pupils to flourish in the local context of your school. The previous grading system will be replaced by a simplified judgement. This also means that the good grade descriptors will no longer be used.
There is also an increased focus on the role and impact of partnerships and MAT involvement in developing the distinctive ethos and vision of their church schools.
The national SIAMS webpage has been updated with the Framework today with the following documents, please visit the website to download the latest versions:
- SIAMS Framework. This will be implemented from September 2023
- Transitional Guidance for Schools. This is an advisory document that offers additional help for schools. It briefly explains some of the rationales that underpin the new Framework and is designed to help schools and trusts over the coming year.
- Ongoing self-evaluation template (from Sept 2023) This is referred to in the Transitional Guidance. Its use is not mandatory
- Summary self-evaluation template (from Sept 2023). This is referred to in the Transitional Guidance. Its use is not mandatory
- National Update slides. Copies of the presentation that were used at the briefing.
SIAMS and Self Evaluation
Expectations for self-evaluation of the SIAMS schedule have changed. It is good practice for schools to carry out a self evaluation of their development as a church school, with the focus being on the impact of their Christian vision.
When an inspection is triggered, the inspector will ask the school if they can send a shortened SEF. Current guidance (June 2023) is that schools may choose to do one of the following:
- Highlight the relevant/recent parts of their full SEF
- Delete the parts of the full SEF that are historic/not current/no longer relevant
- Direct an inspector to which pages of a full SEF to read; or if they prefer
- Summarise the full SEF into a shorter summary document, as is common practice now.
The National Team have provided sample templates for both the ongoing full SEF and the Summary SEF. When in school the inspector may ask to see the ongoing SEF and other documentation to support the process. These are for guidance only and are not required formats. There are template examples for both the 2023 framework and the current 18-22 schedule. These can be found on the national SIAMS webpage.
SIAMS Support and Training
The Education Team provides a comprehensive suite of courses for both school leaders and governors to support them in their SIAMS self-evaluation process and to prepare for their SIAMS inspection. Please see the training page.