Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)

All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the National Society's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. The framework sets out the expectations for the conduct of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican, Methodist and ecumenical Schools under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. As a result of the 2011 Education Act and subsequent changes to the Ofsted inspection framework, a new framework was produced for SIAMS inspection. The framework provides a process for evaluating the extent to which church schools are "distinctively and recognisably Christian institutions". The National Society's Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) framework is used in all Section 48 inspections of Church of England schools and in the denominational inspection of academies.

The principal objective of the SIAMS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a Church school. Towards this objective, inspectors seek answers to four core questions. These are:

The focus for SIAMS will be school self-evaluation. To support schools, the National Society, has provided a model summary document. This document provides a template for schools to review and summarise the range of on site self-evaluation evidence for the inspector. Church school inspectors will not expect this document to tell the whole story of a school and schools should not feel under pressure to do so. The inspector will gather a range of on-site self-evaluation evidence which may include annotated collections of photos; mind maps; class reflection books etc. This,together with discussions, observations and other documentation will enable inspectors to assess the accuracy of the school’s own evaluations.

What does SIAMS mean for a Church school?

All the documents and advice you'll need to can be found here and below;