“Absolutely brilliant, I feel so much more informed and energised”

Katherine Letts, Director of Science ( Core Leadership Group) , St Laurence School

Ofsted Ready Science Teaching : Preparing for a Deep Dive

The new 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. Science 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 Science

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 Science and how this is monitored in school.
3 – To be prepared for a ‘deep dive’ line of enquiry in Science
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 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 subjects? 

As a Science coordinator or subject leaders 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 Science 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 for 2022
• Unpacking the ‘Quality of Education’ standards
• Intent, Implementation and Impact and Cultural Capital

Your Science Curriculum

• Progression of knowledge and skills
• Age and stage appropriate learning
• Subject-based pedagogy
• Sources of evidence

How judgements are made

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

Planning for a Science deep dive in your school

• Sample questions for Science coordinators and subject leaders
• Work scrutiny examples
• Planning for accurate self-evaluation

Looking to develop science subject specific pedagogy? Our Biology, Chemistry & Physics course are ideal to upskill your department and improve examination results at GCSE & A level.

JMC Science CPD team


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