Church School Inspection - SIAMS
What is SIAMS? A SIAMS inspection only takes place in church schools. It focuses on the impact of the Church school's Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish. 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.
From September 2018 the inspection 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?’
This is explored through seven strands:
- Vision and Leadership
- Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
- Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
- Community and Living Well Together
- Dignity and Respect
- The impact of collective worship
- The effectiveness of religious education
So, from 2018 only one overall grade is awarded reflecting the contribution of these strands to the flourishing of pupils and adults in a Church school. In addition, a standalone grade is awarded in all schools for collective worship and in voluntary aided (VA) schools for religious education (RE). This grade is based on teaching and learning alone."
Prior to September 2018:
SIAMS inspections gave an overall inspection judgement of the ‘distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school’. The inspection process judged how well the school’s distinctive Christian character and values ensure the development and achievement of the whole child by inspecting 4 core questions:
• How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
• What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
• How effective is the religious education?
• How effective are the leadership and management as a church school?
It was the outcome of answer to these four questions that jointly contributed to the overriding judgement of how effective and distinctive the school was as a Church of England school