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

Justin Jones, HOD English, KLB School

The Ofsted Ready 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. maths or EYFS) which Ofsted will choose and inform you of prior to the inspection.

“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 Framework 2022

An Ofsted deep dive is an in-depth examination of a subject by inspectors. It is part of the inspector’s requirement to monitor quality of education and the curriculum.

According to Ofsted, 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 your school or subject area

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 subjects and how this is monitored in school.
3 – To be prepared for a ‘deep dive’ line of enquiry
4 – Plan necessary actions that will enable you self-evaluate with accuracy and approach inspection with confidence

With a 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.

“Thank you, you made everything seem less scary”

Richard Stubbs, Head of Maths, Abbey Park School

Are you deep-diving into Core & Foundation subjects? 

As a subject leader do you know what the 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 department/colleagues for inspection?
  • How can you and your team prepare for a deep dive into the curriculum? 

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 2019 Inspection Framework

• Headline changes in the Ofsted framework for 2022
• Unpacking the ‘Quality of Education’ standards
• Intent, Implementation and Impact and Cultural Capital

Your Curriculum

• Progression of knowledge and skills
• Age and stage appropriate learning
• School 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 deep dive in your school

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

School feedback on this training has been overwhelmingly positive :

“Very well delivered and above & beyond what was advertised! “

Alan Glasgow, HOD IT & Computing, Norton Hill School

“Outstanding – extremely helpful & has built my confidence”

Miranda Rawlinson, HOD History, Pate’s Grammar School


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