SIAMS Schedule April 2018

SIAMS Schedule April 2018

The  SIAMS Schedule can be found here

Introduction to SIAMS framework 

The denominational inspection of Church of England voluntary aided or voluntary controlled schools (or their equivalent) takes place under Section 48 of the Schools’ Inspection Act. They are conducted independently of OfSTED by denominational inspectors trained through the Church of England Education Office and on the Diocesan List of Inspectors. Denominational inspections are mainly on a five year cycle but can (and do) take place earlier depending on circumstances.

For your information

As a Church of England school, in addition to monitoring by OfSTED, we are also inspected under a system the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). The SIAMS inspection takes place usually on a five year cycle but it can be earlier depending on circumstances.  This is a national system which is organised, for our school, through the Diocese of Chelmsford.  The SIAMS inspection is part of our ongoing process of school development and improvement.

From September 2018 there were two significant changes,  These are:

  • moving from making a judgement about the school based around four key questions to one key question, assessed under seven strands.  These strands include the school's Christian vision, collective worship and religious education.  The key question is now, 'How effective is the school's distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish', and,
  • moving from four possible judgements (Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement, Inadequate) to three - Excellent, Good and Requires Improvement.  (Please note that there are certain specified circumstances when a judgement of 'Ineffective as a Church School' can be awarded as an overall judgement.)

The one key questions in the new schedule is: 

‘How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?

There are seven strands:

1. Vision and leadership

2. Wisdom, knowledge and skills

3. Character development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy

4. Community and Living Well Together

5. Dignity and Respect

6. Collective Worship

7. Religious Education

10 top tips for a school addressing the new SIAMS schedule as part of its school improvement process.

The importance of the school’s Christian/Anglican vision for education and for its service to pupils and their families is a key driver for both school improvement and for the inspection process. Your school link adviser will also obviously be only too pleased to work with you over the coming period.