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Inspections

The Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) and its Education Team is NOT responsible for inspecting Church schools – it does, however, support Church schools in preparing for Inspections – by both OfSTED and SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools).

The Diocesan Director of Education (DDE), Deputy Director of Education (Deputy DDE) or School Effectiveness Officer will (by invitation) attend OfSTED feedback meetings on the final day of an OfSTED inspection.

Schools are advised to maintain up-to-date Self-Evaluation Forms (see below) as part of their routine monitoring and evaluation processes. The close participation of the Governing Body in this process is strongly encouraged in addition to a wide range of other Stakeholders.

The SIAMS runs to a separate schedule to OfSTED inspections. Schools are inspected no less than 3 to 5 years after their last inspection.  A new SIAMS Framework was published in April 2018 and came into operation in September 2018.  For further details please see our briefings:

Further information from the Church of England on SIAMS School inspections is available here.

The next training dates on the new SIAMS schedule, including the Self-Evaluation Form and SIAMS process are:

  • 5 February 2019, Are you ready for SIAMS? course, 9.30am - 3.30pm, Trinity CEVAP School, Stowmarket
  • 28 February 2019, Twilight overview, 4.00 - 6.00pm, Trinity CEVAP School, Stowmarket

Please contact the Education Administrator if you would like to attend or the School Effectiveness Officer concerning information on SIAMS.

Following OfSTED and SIAMS inspections the School Effectiveness Officer and the Schools’ Adviser are available to support individual schools on a “needs-be” basis and at no cost to the school.


  • Self-evaluation Form-+

    For help completing the SEF please contact the School Effectiveness Officer

    VOLUNTARY CONTROLLED SCHOOLS - please remember you need answer only questions 1, 2 and 4.

    VOLUNTARY AIDED SCHOOLS - you must answer all four questions from the SEF.

    Ideally, your SEF is a working document - updated at regular intervals and populated after consultation with a number of stakeholders. The School Effectiveness Officer holds a series of exemplar SEFs which are available for examination.

    Please remember that the SEF is the Inspector's gateway to the effectiveness of your School as a Church School. The wider the range of evidence it holds the better able they will be to formulate accurate hypotheses to test-out during the day-long inspection.