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School Inspections

SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican & Methodist Schools)

SIAMS update, 13 September 2021

In the light of the COVID-19 context, a number of amendments have been made to the SIAMS Evaluation Schedule. The changes have been made to allow for the interpretation and implementation of the existing criteria within this new context, and to enable schools to demonstrate the impact of their vision throughout extraordinary circumstances and the absence of published data.

The following are now available through the Church of England SIAMS webpage (www.churchofengland.org/about/education-and-schools/church-schools-and-academies/siams-inspections):

  • the revised SIAMS Evaluation Schedule (September 2021)
  • an annotated version of the Evaluation Schedule, to clearly show what changes have been made
  • a COVID-19 policy, and a revised SIAMS Inspection Deferral Policy and SIAMS Appeals and Complaints Policy
  • an Information for Schools document with a digest of the most pertinent information about the SIAMS process

To view diocesan church school inspection reports, please follow the links on the right.


Updated February 2020 – Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS): Guidelines for Schools and Inspectors based on the 2018 SIAMS Inspection Framework (Diocese of St Albans)

Schools Team briefing papers on SIAMS matters can be found here.


The following documents can help with preparation for inspection:

SIAMS Handbook – revised September 2019

Self-Evaluation Form (SEF)

Ofsted Inspection Guidance

Statement of Entitlement from the Church of England Education Office (2019)

The Church of England Vision for Education July 2016

Leadership of Character Education

Valuing All God’s Children’s Report

Church of England publications

The latest updates for SIAMS documents, including the new SIAMS schedule, are available from the Church of England website. You will find them by clicking here.


School websites

As a church school, you may wish to publish your SIAMS report, Mission Statement, Values and Ethos Statement and policies such as Religious Education, SMSC and Collective Worship.  Read the latest Schools Team guidance here.

Further helpful information on what you should publish on your school website can be found here for maintained schools and here for free schools and academies.

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