Welcome to the SIAMS pages for the SDBE. 

As a DBE we no longer have responsibility for the inspection of our schools following the decision to move to a nationally integrated model of SIAMS.  All of the information that you are likely to need can be found on the national website:


As a diocese, we also receive an email confirming the inspection; we then make sure that all of our relevant colleagues are aware of this information.  At the same time, we will confirm who will be speaking to the inspector as part of the evidence-gathering process and, who will be attending the feedback.  It would be very helpful if schools could let us know, as soon as possible, the expected timing for this meeting. 


All of the information that you are likely to need can be found on the national website:


This comprehensive collation of information and documentation includes:

1    A list of the schools included in the latest inspection window click here 

2    SIAMS reports for particular church schools click here

3    Current SIAMS documents and resources including:

  • The current 2022 revised evaluation schedule click here 
  • The SIAMS inspection deferral policy click here
  • The SIAMS appeals and complaints policy click here      
  • General SIAMS information for schools click here
  • SIAMS ongoing SEF template click here    
  • SIAMS summary SEF template click here     


We would particularly draw your attention to the National Director’s Annual Report as this comments on the strengths and development areas highlighted from inspections in the past year.  There is much to learn from this detail click here 


In November 2022, a new SIAMS Framework was published and this will be implemented from September 2023.  For reference, the new documents and resources can be found here:

Details of training related to the new framework will be shared with schools in due course.

All inspections in the current academic year 2022-2023 will be carried out under the existing 2018 schedule (revised in 2022) - click here 

A step-by-step guide to the inspection process can be found here.  


If you are interested in training to be a SIAMS inspector, the application process for the next cohort of trainees (September 2023) closes on 31 March 2023 and can be accessed via the following link:

Your application will need to be supported by the diocese and, in the first instance, It is vitally important that, before making an application, you contact Andy Redman (SIAMS manager) who will arrange a meeting to talk you through the implications of this significant commitment. 


We would highly recommend that you spend some time exploring the wealth of information that is available to you on the national website.  If you do have any questions, you can contact the central team on

The individual contact details for the national SIAMS team are also available here.  

If you would prefer to speak with one of us at SDBE, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

Shaun Burns:  Diocesan SIAMS lead      0207 234 9218

Andy Redman:  SIAMS Manager       

Downloads Date  
SDBE SIAMS Update February 23 pdf 01st Mar 2023 Download