Diocese of Chichester Education

SIAMS and Ofsted Inspections

Scheduling of SIAMS (section 48) inspections

There are now two completely separate inspection schedules; one for Ofsted inspections and one for SIAMS inspections. The timing of SIAMS inspections is now determined by the overall judgement of the previous Section 48 inspection:

  • schools judged good or outstanding overall will normally be inspected every 5 years
  • schools judged satisfactory or inadequate overall will be inspected every 3-5 years.

The diocese will notify schools five working days before the first day of their inspection and schools will be expected to provide a completed diocesan self-evaluation toolkit or an appropriate alternative, to their SIAMS inspector.

For more information, please contact Rosemary Black