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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 an up-to-date Self-Evalution Audit Tool (formerly a Self-Evaluation Form - please 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.  

More information on arranging your SIAMS can be found here.

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

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.