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Chelmsford Diocesan
Board of Education

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Schools and Academies – Self Evaluation

The SIAMS Framework and Schedule which forms the basis of the inspection are useful to schools as part of ongoing self-evaluation and development as a church school as well as specifically in preparing for a SIAMS inspection. They can be downloaded here and here.

The Grade Descriptors for each of the four questions of the SIAMS inspection in grid form.

Download the Church of England Education Office self-evaluation document

A replacement to ‘the Toolkit’ this slimmed down version is a useful tool for self-evaluation linked to the four key questions of the SIAMS Framework. Church schools and Academies are advised to use this as part of their ongoing self-evaluation process.

Report format

The SIAMS reporting template changed during the Autumn term 2016. Click here  to download a copy of the most recent framework. 


The Statement of Entitlement for RE in Church Schools

Download here for the Statement of Entitlement

The statement provides a basis for expectations with regards to religious education in church schools. It should be looked at carefully and its recommendations implemented in all church schools.

Questionnaires are useful to get feedback from pupils/students, parents/carers and staff about their understanding of the Christian ethos and values of the institution as well as giving different groups a voice in improving your school still further. They also provide some useful evidence to support and/or guide your judgements for your SIAMS inspection.

Short questionnaires can be conducted easily and on line using a programme such as Survey Monkey. However, be aware that most charge for analysing surveys involving a larger number of people.

Click here for a number of sample questionnaires which you may wish to adapt to suit your particular context.

Pupil questionnaire

Parent questionnaire

Staff questionnaire