What is SIAMS?
SIAMS is the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools. This is also known as a Section 48 inspection. All church schools will undergo this inspection which is scheduled every five years. The new SIAMS judgments are: Excellent, Good, Requires Improvement or Ineffective.
The new SIAMS schedule will come into effect this Autumn 2018 – see below.
If you are part of the Service Level Agreement (SLA) your Christian Distinctiveness Advisor (CDA) will guide you through the SIAMS process and the completion of your SIAMS SEF. Please contact the diocese for more information about this.
For further information on SIAMS please refer to the Church of England website using this link:
Diocesan SIAMS protocol
Please see below the Lichfield Board of Educations protocol for SIAMS inspections.
Please see below details of our diocesan SIAMS inspectors.
The New SIAMS Schedule from September 2018
The new SIAMS schedule is below:
A suggested SIAMS SEF is below but this is not compulsory. School may wish to devise their own format.
Monitoring and Evaluating Christian Distinctiveness (CD)
CD Suggestions: Ways to monitor Christian distinctiveness – please speak to your CDA.
Monitoring & Evaluating CD: A suggested schedule for school leaders to complete over the academic year – please speak to your CDA.
Your school and CD: To help you think about Christian distinctiveness around your school – please speak to your CDA.
Pupil Voice: Questions that could be used for pupil voice – please speak to your CDA.
Thinking about your distinctly Christian vision, motto, values and mission
Vision, Motto, Values & Mission: What to write – please speak to your CDA.
RAG rate your SIAMS Strands
Vision & Leadership Strand 1: RAG rate Strand 1 – please speak to your CDA.
SIAMS Strands 2-5: RAG rate these strands – please speak to your CDA.
CW Strand 6: RAG rate your CW – please speak to your CDA.
RE Strand 7: RAG rate your RE – please speak to your CDA.
SIAMS Audit and Sample SIP
SIAMS Audit: School leaders to help to think about the new SIAMS schedule – please speak to your CDA.
Sample SIP: To help think about how the new SIAMS schedule could fit into your SIP/SDP – please speak to your CDA.
Strand 3 Character Education: Hope, Aspiration & Courageous Advocacy
Suggested ways this could be implemented (these are purely suggestions):
Share a Pencil click here
Christian Aid Global Neighbours click here
Christian Aid Global Neighbours Handbook click here
LDBE Diocesan Mission click here
Strand 7: RE Statement of Entitlement
Strand 7 of the new SIAMS schedule purely focuses on religious education. There is a greater emphasis on religious literacy and having rigorous systems of assessment. The Church of England’s statement of entitlement makes clear the expectations for the teaching of RE in its church schools and academies.
RE Statement of Entitlement click here
Guidance on RE, Local Agreed Syllabus, Understanding Christianity & SIAMS click here
Strand 5: Dignity & Respect, Mental Health & Wellbeing guidance and policy
This is covered in Strand 5 ‘Dignity & Respect’ of the new SIAMS schedule. The CofE has produced guidance material and a suggested mental health and wellbeing policy in March 2018. Please click on the links below.