Religious Education (RE) is part of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) framework and Evaluation Schedule.
The aspects and extent to which RE is inspected differs according to the type of school which is being inspected.
In all schools and academies RE is inspected as part of Core questions 1 and 4 which will judge the contribution RE makes to
- the Christian character of the school
- learners’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
- learners’ understanding of and respect for diverse faiths and cultures
and whether the arrangements for religious education meet statutory requirements.
In voluntary aided schools and where denominational RE is required in the academy funding agreement, RE is also inspected and reported as a separate section of the SIAMS inspection
When judging the effectiveness of the religious education, inspectors must evaluate:
- the achievement of learners in religious education
- the quality of teaching and learning in religious education
- the effectiveness of the curriculum in religious education and especially the teaching of Christianity
- the effectiveness of the leadership and management of religious education.
Further information can be found in the SIAMS section of the website.