SIAMS School Inspections

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Notice: SIAMS inspections will not resume until Autumn term 2021

Following the announcement by the government on 29th March 2021 that routine Ofsted graded inspections will remain suspended until the Autumn term, we can confirm it has been announced that SIAMS Inspections will not resume until the Autumn term of 2021. The Church of England Education Office will be working with the Department for Education and the other section 48 providers to consider the most effective way of resuming SIAMS inspection and will be in touch with more details about this as the Church of England also introduce the new nationally integrated system for SIAMS.

All Church of England schools and academies undergo an inspection coordinated by each diocese in addition to Ofsted (Section 5/8) inspections under Section 48 of the 2005 Education Act.

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.

Leadership, management and governance are evaluated from the perspective of the school being a Church of England school.

Religious education is assessed in both Voluntary Controlled and Voluntary Aided schools. In VA schools, however, a separate judgement and paragraph form part of the full report. VC schools may request this paragraph in a SIAMS inspection.

Hereford Protocol SIAMS S48

SIAMS and Self Evaluation

Expectations for self-evaluation of the SIAMS schedule have changed. The Self Evaluation Form which was produced with the new schedule (September 2018), whilst thorough, has proved to be time-consuming for schools to complete and for inspectors to read.

There is an expectation that schools will carry out self-evaluation of the SIAMS schedule as this is clearly good practice as an aid to school improvement, but schools are advised to use any format they find useful. The Church of England Education Office has produced a Self-Evaluation Audit Tool (SEAT) which schools might choose to use as an internal means of school improvement.

However, for inspection purposes, they are requesting that schools produce a two page (maximum) summary of its self-evaluation. Schools are free to create this summary in any form they choose (e.g. prose, mind map, flow diagram). To aid you in this process there is a sample two page SEF summary.


Hereford Diocese has adapted the SIAMS Self Evaluation Tool (SEAT) to enable schools to more easily focus on the relevant provision, impact and next steps for each SIAMS Strand. Schools are welcome to use this version if they wish as an internal means of school improvement. Please see the document below: