Support with SIAMS


A SIAMS inspection 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.

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?

Key Documents

All documents and information relating to SIAMS is available on the CofE Education Office website below.

Here you will find the updated SIAMS Schedule reflecting changes to support the adjusted approach to inspection following Covid. 

2021 - Updates

A national system for managing inspections has been developed with dioceses to ensure greater consistency in experience and processes.   This means LDBE are no longer responsible for scheduling  or administering SIAMS.

Read the full letter from the Chief Education Officer to school HERE

SIAMS Inspections will resume in Autumn 2021 – see letter HERE