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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.

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.

SIAMS inspection

Approximately every five years, church schools are subject to a SIAMS inspection which 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?”

This question is examined through seven strands:
1.    Vision and Leadership
2.    Wisdom, Knowledge, and Skills
3.    Character Development: Hope, Aspiration, and Courageous Advocacy
4.    Community and Living Well Together
5.    Dignity and Respect
6.    Impact of Collective Worship
7.    Effectiveness of Religious Education

SIAMS reports

 You can find the reports of church schools inspected since September 2021 HERE.

You can look for a church school’s current SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican & Methodist Schools), inspected prior to September 2021 either on their own school website or search HERE.

Church of England information

Documentation and information relating to SIAMS, including school self summary templates, are available on the Church of England’s Education Office website HERE.

The webpage provides the current SIAMS framework HERE.

The Annual Report of the National Director of SIAMS 2021-22 and be found HERE.

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