Welcome from the National Director of SIAMS
The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) is the Church of England and Methodist Church’s outworking of the requirements of section 48 of the Education Act 2005. It is a key element of the life of all Church of England and Methodist schools in England.
Following the resumption of school inspections in September 2021, SIAMS inspections will take place within eight years of the date of the previous inspection. After this initial cycle, inspections will take place approximately every five years.
SIAMS inspection explores the question, “How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?”
Please explore the information on these pages and contact us on [email protected] if you have any questions about the process.
If you have questions about how to access training and advice for your school, please contact your diocesan education team.
Dr Margaret James
National Director of SIAMS
Purpose and focus of SIAMS inspections
All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the Church of England Education Office's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. The SIAMS Evaluation Schedule 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.
SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school's Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish. Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles appropriate to, and reflective of, their particular context in order to be distinctively and effectively Christian in their character and ethos. SIAMS inspectors therefore do not look for a set template of what a Church school should be like, but rather take the particular context of the school into account and base their evaluation on the outcomes rather than the process.
The Evaluation Schedule has one inspection question: “How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?”
This is explored through seven strands:
- Vision and Leadership
- Wisdom, Knowledge, and Skills
- Character Development: Hope, Aspiration, and Courageous Advocacy
- Community and Living Well Together
- Dignity and Respect
- Impact of Collective Worship
- Effectiveness of Religious Education.
One overall grade is awarded reflecting the contribution of these strands to the flourishing of pupils and adults in a Church school. In addition a standalone grade is awarded in all schools for collective worship and in voluntary aided (VA) schools and former VA schools for religious education (RE). This grade is based on teaching and learning alone.
SIAMS Documents & Resources
SIAMS Documents are included below for reference by schools, dioceses, and inspectors.
SIAMS Inspection Deferral Policy 210903 (435.64 KB)
SIAMS Methodist Principles of Education (403.93 KB)
SIAMS COVID-19 Policy (908.43 KB)
- SIAMS Information for Schools 220202.pdf (1.05 MB)
Please note: As per the Information for Schools guide also available on this page, the List of Schools Likely to be Inspected in 2021 and 2022 is an ‘expected’ not a ‘guaranteed’ list. It is possible that extraordinary circumstances will lead to unannounced changes, but these will be avoided if possible. Please also note that this is a list of schools likely to be inspected in 2021 and 2022. Due to the delay in resumption of inspections, this year only we are publishing a list that extends beyond the Summer Term 2022 to the end of the Autumn Term 2022. In the Summer Term 2022, we will revert to publishing the list for the academic year 2022-2023.
New Inspector Training
Applications for SIAMS Inspector Training 2022 are now closed.
The National SIAMS Team
The contact details for the National SIAMS Team are below.
Please note, we use two generic email accounts:
SIAMS – [email protected] – for general SIAMS enquiries, including inspections, training, SIAMS Portal queries, and queries regarding documents and resources.
- SIAMS Admin – [email protected] – for any specific administrative functions (e.g. DBS Right to Work Checks, IR35 checks, employment paperwork, payment of invoices). For inspector use only.
Dr Margaret James, National Director of SIAMS
Phone: 020 7898 1505
David Tait, Deputy Director of SIAMS
Phone: 020 7898 1008
Jan Chandler, SIAMS Management and Training Officer
Phone: 020 7898 1495
For enquiries relating to:
Anna Blacknell, SIAMS Systems and Data Officer
For enquiries relating to:
SIAMS Administration Officer
Natasha Skinner (Monday, Tuesday (afternoon only) and Friday (morning only))
Main administrative and pastoral area in the Church of England – often roughly coincides with local county boundaries. There are 42 dioceses.