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:
- How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
- What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
- How effective is the religious education?
- How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?
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?
From September 2012 all Section 48 inspections will be scheduled independently from Ofsted’s section 5 schedules, with timing determined by the last section 48 inspection for individual schools. All schools with a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ section 48 inspection must be scheduled for their next section 48 inspection within 5 school years from the end of the school year within which they were last inspected. Any school with a section 48 inspection judgement that was less than ‘good’ may be scheduled for their next section 48 inspection within 3 to 5 years from the end of the school year within which they were last inspected. There is no change to the general requirements for Section 48 inspection. The statutory position remains the same as set out in Section 48 of the Education Act 2005 and The Education (School Inspection) (England) Regulations 2009 (SI1564). The regulations set out that all schools designated as having a religious character require a section 48 inspection.
Schools will be notified of their inspection no more than one week prior to the date it is due to take place.
Focus will be on the school’s self-evaluation. The inspector will ask for the school’s self-evaluation materials prior to the inspection taking place.
The impact of RE on the school’s Christian character and the resourcing of RE will be inspected in VC schools as well as VA through core question 1 and 4.
- For VA schools and Academies, the quality, standards and impact of RE will continue to be inspected.
- Inspectors will be in school for one day in a primary school and up to two days in a secondary school
- There will be no parents’ meeting prior to inspection
- A written report will be given to the school within 2 weeks or as soon as possible after the inspection
- The report will be no longer than two sides of A4 and focused on judgements based on a 4 level scale: 1 Outstanding; 2 Good; 3 Satisfactory and 4 Inadequate
- The report will be written to a prescriptive formula, it will be accessible, succinct, evaluative and no more than 750 words in length
- SIAMS Inspectors undertake national and regional training to ensure that the required skills have been developed in order to make secure judgements based on the self-evaluation materials and on securing evidence for those judgements.
- All inspectors require a high level of knowledge and understanding of RE and its implications in VC, Foundation, VA schools and academies.
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