Christian Vision and SIAMS

The Church of England’s Vision for Education sets out foundational thinking about the importance of Christian involvement in schooling, with the promise by Jesus of ‘life in all its fullness’ at its heart. This is worked out theologically and educationally through four basic elements: wisdom; hope; community; and dignity. It underpins our work together as Church schools nationally.

All Church of England schools need to have a vision statement which is established and promoted by school leaders. Ideally this will have been developed through a process of stakeholder engagement, drawing on contributions from pupils, parents, staff, governors and members of the parish and local community. This vision statement will govern and direct the workings of the school, including its policies and priorities. School policies, which the governors should consider for approval, will cover all the major areas of the curriculum and important aspects of the school’s life as a community such as relationships and behaviour, safeguarding, pay for staff and delegation of financial responsibility.

The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)

All Church of England schools will have a SIAMS Inspection as part of a five year cycle.

Church of England schools are inspected under the SIAMS Evaluation Schedule, which is accompanied by a schools’ Self Evaluation Form.

This structure draws its inspiration from the Church’s vision document, Deeply Christian: serving the common good.

SIAMS reports are succinct and include clear evaluation statements, using the grading statements of excellent, good, requires improvement or ineffective as a Church school.

Inspections are carried out by inspectors registered with the Church of England, Education Department and trained by them.

The SIAMS process is regulated by Section 48 of the Education Act 2005 and Inspectors are paid by the DfE via the National Society.

Key Contact

Ed Pawson
Diocesan Education Adviser, Lead on RE and SIAMS
Tel: 01392 294943
Email: Ed Pawson