“Really useful for what a deep dive means and what to say to Ofsted”

Justin Jones, Head of English, KLB School

The Ofsted Ready English Department: Preparing for a Deep Dive

The current Ofsted framework really gives more time to look at areas and subjects in some depth: the now-famous Jacques Cousteau ‘deep dive’. This allows the school time to talk in rich detail about its teaching in different subjects.

What Is An Ofsted Deep Dive?

Ofsted deep dives are a key part of the new Ofsted Inspection Framework’s curriculum focus. An Ofsted inspection of any school, primary or secondary, will now include ‘deep dives’ into particular subjects or areas (e.g. English / Literacy or EYFS) which Ofsted will choose and inform you of prior to the inspection.

An Ofsted deep dive is an in-depth examination of a subject by inspectors. It is part of the inspectors requirement to monitor the 3 Is – Intent, Implementation and Impact – of the curriculum.

According to the new framework, the intent behind a deep dive is to “establish a coherent base on quality of education”; so multiple deep dives will give inspectors a connected sample of lessons with which to establish a clearer idea of the overall teaching quality of the school.

Arrange for a Mock Deep Dive in English

Contact our Inspection team to arrange a ‘Mentoring Dive’ to reassure your team & allay any fears 


 1 – To clarify the Ofsted expectations
2 – Give time to exploring the progress within English / Literacy and how this is monitored in school.
3 – To be prepared for a ‘deep dive’ line of enquiry in English / literacy
4 – Plan necessary actions that will enable you self-evaluate with accuracy and approach inspection with confidence

With a renewed focus on the quality of your school curriculum this one day course will look at how judgements will be informed through the evidence available in your school.
Guiding you through questions and lines of enquiry this workshop will help you feel prepared and ready to articulate your approach with clarity and confidence.

Are you deep-diving into Core & Foundation subjects? 

As a English subject leader or Literacy Coordinator do you know what the new Ofsted framework introduced in September 2019 means for you and your role. There is certainly more emphasis on the curriculum and each individual subject will be under scrutiny.

  • How can you make sure that you are ready?
  • How can you prepare your colleagues for inspection?
  • How can you and your team prepare for a deep dive into the curriculum? 

“Each deep dive will typically focus on a sample of four to six subjects, looking at a wide variety of pupils in different year groups across that sample.”

Ofsted 2019

The day will give you the time & direction to draw up a personalised plan.

You might also be interested in The Ofsted Ready Leadership Team

or The Ofsted Ready School 

INSET Outline

The Ofsted Inspection Framework

• Headline changes in the Ofsted framework
• Unpacking the ‘Quality of Education’ standards
• Intent, Implementation and Impact and Cultural Capital

Your English or Literacy Curriculum

• Progression of knowledge and skills
• Age and stage appropriate learning
• School pedagogy
• Sources of evidence

How judgements are made

• What English subject leaders or Literacy Coordinators need to know
• Lesson Visits and work scrutiny
• Use of assessment
• Pupil Outcomes

Planning for a English deep dive in your school

• Sample questions for English subject leaders or Literacy coordinators
• Work scrutiny examples
• Planning for accurate self-evaluation


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