What are you learning? Most people would agree that this is a valuable question to ask pupils as part of an Ofsted inspection.
But what about asking pupils to name a river they studied last year, or to explain how knowledge previously learnt is helping during their current lessons?
The ability to articulate their learning is not easy for some pupils and anecdotal reports abound of children struggling to answer inspectors’ deep dive questions with grim consequences for the schools involved.
Deep dives involve discussions with subject leaders, work scrutiny of books, and discussions with teachers as well as a group of pupils.
In primary schools, inspectors will always carry out a deep dive in reading and deep dives in one or more foundation subjects, always including a foundation subject that is being taught in the school during the time that inspectors are on-site. In addition, inspectors will often carry out a deep dive in mathematics (Ofsted, 2019).
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