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a leader must also have faith in the people she is to lead
to see good in them and raise them to higher achievement
through praise not condemnation, encouragement not criticism

Rt Rev'd Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester

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SIAMS Training 2019 / 2020

The Leicester DBE SIAMS/Section 48 forms and resources are listed below.  Should you require any further information about SIAMS inspections, please contact Yolanda Morley-McKay, DBEOffice@LecCofE.org


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?


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 


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 and former VA schools for religious education (RE). This grade is based on teaching and learning alone.


The guidance below outlines the process for SIAMS inspections in Leicester Diocese which all schools should review.

SIAMS Evaluation Schedule - 2018

The Leicester Diocesan School Inspection Team:


Diocesan Director of Education

Carolyn Lewis


SIAMS Manager for Leicester Diocese

Yolanda Morley-McKay


Critical Readers

Lyn Field

Neville Norcross



Kath Allsopp (836)

Lyn Field (151)

Carol Price (869)

Wendy Wakefield (867)

Angela Dewes (945)

Joy Hardy (944)


All Leicester Inspectors are National Society registered and trained and hold up-to-date insurance and DBS checks.