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.

Further information

For further information on SIAMS please refer to the Church of England website using this link:

Church of England Schools

Diocesan SIAMS protocol

Please see below the Lichfield Board of Educations protocol for SIAMS inspections.

LDBE SIAMS Protocol September 2018

Diocesan Inspectors

Please see below details of our diocesan SIAMS inspectors.

SIAMS Inspectors

The New SIAMS Schedule from September 2018

The new SIAMS schedule is below:

SIAMS Evaluation Schedule 2018 NEW

A suggested SIAMS SEF is below but this is not compulsory. School may wish to devise their own format.

Self-Evaluation Form NEW

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.

Mental Health & Wellbeing Guidance

Mental Health & Wellbeing Policy

Is your school website SIAMS ready?

Click here for suggested guidance

Archive SIAMS Documents