Ofsted's subject deep dives: Case studies, tips and advice

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The subject deep dive has become one of the most challenging aspects of Ofsted inspection. This seven-page download offers crucial advice about deep dives and tips, examples and case studies showing how primary schools can prepare for and navigate them effectively and with successful outcomes.

Ever since their introduction in the 2019 framework, the subject deep dive has become one of the most challenging aspects of primary school inspection. In this Best Practice Focus, Suzanne O’Connell looks at how we can prepare for and navigate deep dives successfully...

The in-depth article offers support to senior leaders and subject leaders to ensure your school is prepared and you know what to expect. We consider:

  • What the school inspection handbook says about deep dives
  • Three case studies from primary schools which have been inspected recently, including their deep dive experience and their tips for other schools.
  • The role of Ofsted's curriculum research reviews and subject reports
  • Ten practical tips for subject leaders.
  • A template to help subject leaders evaluate your curriculum to identify strengths and areas for improvement.

The free seven-page pdf can be downloaded by clicking the button below. Readers may also be interested in Headteacher Update's recent podcast on Ofsted inspection in the primary school, which offers a wealth of advice and tips including a focus on subject deep dives. You can find this here.

This Best Practice Focus was originally published in January 2023 within the Spring 2023 edition of Headteacher Update. A digital edition of this magazine can be accessed for free via www.headteacher-update.com/digital-editions/

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