SIAMS – Section 48 Inspections

SIAMS Schedule Amended September 2021

Latest SIAMS updates

SIAMS Inspections have now resumed with effect from February 2022

Regularly updated relevant new information is available from the Church of England Education Office website. This includes a list of anticipated inspections for the 2021/22 academic year, updated policies and a revised Inspection Schedule.

 

The National Team have produced a short 8-page guidance on how inspections will be conducted as there are some changes to reflect working in a Covid-19 context.  To access click here.

 

At the heart of the SIAMS schedule is the school’s distinctive Christian vision and the core inspection question is:

How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?

 

 

Every school will also be graded on the impact of Collective Worship.

VA schools will receive a third grade for the effectiveness of RE.

 

SEF

Preparing the Section 48 Self Evaluation Form (SEF) is the joint responsibility of the head teacher and the foundation governors/trustee governors. However, the best examples of impact of the school’s vision are the result of wide consultation including: foundation governors, pupils, parents/carers, members of the local community, the incumbent, members of the local parish and diocesan advisers.

The SEF should be presented in a summary form of no more than 2 pages for the inspection and it should form part of the school’s improvement and development process. Behind the summary SEF, a school may wish to have a longer document for internal use.

Download exemplar SEF templates (in Word format):

 

SIAMS strand resources

  • Christian Aid have produced some excellent resources on the Global Neighbours website to support with developing courageous advocacy
  • The Archbishop of York Young Leaders Award is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to develop leadership skills in the context of becoming courageous advocates
  • The Diocese offers a SIAMS Health Check Click here for more information.
  • Spirituality is core to the revised schedule and each school is expected to have an agreed definition. See SMSC section for resources.

 

If you would like further support with SIAMS or developing your vision, please contact Jon Moule our Distinctiveness and Standards Manager on 01603 882346 or email him on wba.zbhyr@qvbprfrbsabejvpu.bet