SIAMS is the statutory inspection of Church of England and Methodist schools. Inspections take place approximately every five years. The National SIAMS team schedules inspections, recruits and appoints inspectors and conducts Quality Assurance of reports and the process.

Your named diocesan adviser can supply you with more information on the process and the support offered. We encourage all schools to access guidance and documentation around SIAMS from this section of the ODBE website. Schools that are in the DBE SLA receive regular support between inspections via the ‘SIAMS Pathway.’ 

The SIAMS inspection schedule  is a national set of criteria, produced by the CEEO. The revised inspection schedule is based on the Church of England’s Vision for Education, ‘Deeply Christian, serving the Common Good’ (2016). Scheduling and management of the SIAMS process are now the remit of the National SIAMS team, for more information go to the CEEO SIAMS page or ODBE SIAMS Guidance page

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?

Schools are judged on the effectiveness of their Christian vision. This means how the vision is lived out to ensure pupils and adults flourish. 

A range of courses to support preparation for SIAMS is available on the ODBE Development, Training and Support page

For any queries, please email our SIAMS lead adviser Allyson Taylor 

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