SIAMS Schedule April 2018

New SIAMS Framework

The new SIAMS Schedule can be found here

Introduction to New SIAMS framework by Pamela Draycott, SIAMS Manager

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.

I am the SIAMS manager and so I schedule the inspection and either contact Chelmsford schools about when their inspection will take place or arrange for one of our administrative team to do this. The notification happens no more than 5 working days before the inspection is due to take place. After contacting the school the inspector allocated is contacted to let him/her know details. He/She then contacts the school to discuss the forthcoming inspection. This will include the people he or she will wish to meet as well as any learning walks, lesson observations, work scrutiny, etc.

The new SIAMS schedule was published in April 2018 for first inspection from September 2018. Please note that the decision has been taken within the Diocese of Chelmsford that there will be no SIAMS inspections during the Autumn term 2018. If you are expecting your SIAMS inspection in the Autumn term of 2018 please be advised that this will be delayed until either the Spring or Summer term 2019. Please note that there are no changes to how schools are scheduled for or notified of a SIAMS inspection apart from this one term 'delay.'

The new SIAMS schedule along with a suggested self-evaluation document can be found here. There is one key question linked to the impact of the school’s Christian vision and how leaders, at all levels, incorporate it into school life so that it sustains and drives forward developments as a church school. There are 7 strands (which replace the 4 questions of the ‘old’ framework).

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. The impact of collective worship
7. The effectiveness of religious education (for both VA and VC schools or their equivalents with an addition for VA)

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

Please note:

Schools due for inspection in the Summer term 2018 will be inspected using the ‘old framework’ (September 2013).
In this Diocese the first inspections under the new framework (April 2018) will be from January 2019. If you are expecting your SIAMS inspection in the Autumn term of 2018 please be advised that this will be delayed until either the Spring or Summer term 2019. This is to allow schools to address these significant changes. In the longer term the cycle will return to the usual 5 year schedule.

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.