Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools
All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the National Society's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools (SIAS). The framework provides a process for evaluating the extent to which church schools are "distinctively and recognisably Christian institutions".
SIAS inspection focuses on the effect that the Christian ethos of the church school has on the children and young people who attend it. Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles, which reflect their particular local context or church tradition in order to be distinctive and effective. Inspectors will, therefore, not be looking to apply a preconceived template of what a church school should be like.
The principal objective of SIAS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school.
Towards this objective, inspectors seek answers to four key questions.
- How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
- What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
- How effective is the Religious Education? (in VA schools and academies)
- How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?
The Rt Revd Colin Fletcher OBE with pupils during his visit in December 2015